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Arrest made in rape from Oct. 8, 2008

An Elsie Place man faces rape and unlawful imprisonment charges in connection with an October rape of a 19-year-old woman, Buffalo police reported.

Warren Smith, 42, was arrested in the vicinity of Genesee Street and Newburgh Avenue on Sunday. He is accused of raping the victim on Oct. 4, 2008. Smith was taken into custody pending further court action.

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Damage put at $3,000 in Wellington Road fire

Careless smoking may have sparked a fire at a North Buffalo house late Monday afternoon that caused $3,000 damage, Buffalo fire officials reported.

The blaze started in the exterior wall at 34 Wellington Road at about 5:30 p.m. The fire was quickly knocked down by Buffalo firefighters and extinguished without further damage.

No injuries were reported. The exact cause of the fire was still under investigation late Monday, fire officials said.

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I-86 crash victim identified as Williamsville man

A Williamsville man was identified as the victim of a fatal crash Thursday evening on Interstate 86 in Hinsdale, state police reported.

Thomas C. Toy Jr., 59, was traveling east at about 7:45 p.m. when he lost control on the icy roadway. The vehicle went off the south side of the road and overturned several times before coming to rest on its roof in several feet of water, troopers said.

Toy, who was the vehicle's only occupant, was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Speeding called factor in fatal Ontario crash

PELHAM, Ont. -- Excessive speed is being called a factor in a fatal Sunday evening crash in the Niagara Region, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The accident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. on Regional Road 20 in the Town of Pelham.

Police said a 19-year-old Niagara Falls, Ont., man died at the scene when a 2002 Acura spun out of control, went into a ditch, striking a culvert and going airborne before rolling several times and coming to rest in a ditch.

The driver, an 18-year-old male from Niagara-on-the-Lake, and a 21-year-old male from Niagara Falls, who was riding in the front seat, suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries and were rushed to Hamilton General Hospital.

The man who was killed was apparently riding in the back seat, police said.

Names of the victims were withheld pending notification of relatives, police said.

Police stressed Monday that speed, and not weather, was the factor in the crash.

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Dispute over tax return results in man's arrest

LOCKPORT -- A late-night argument over income taxes led to the arrest of an Olcott Street man late Sunday, city police reported.

Jeremy J. Zimmerman, 26, was charged with disorderly conduct at 11:10 p.m. in his home. Police reported receiving a call about a domestic dispute, which turned out to be an argument over the tax return of Zimmerman and his girlfriend.

Police reported that while being interviewed, Zimmerman used foul language and hurled his cell phone against a wall, breaking the phone into several pieces.

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Five teenagers charged in Colden school break-in

Five teenagers were charged in connection with the burglary of a Colden elementary school in October, State Police investigators reported Monday.

Charged with burglary and criminal mischief were Kenneth Kongesor, 17, and Luke Langendorfer, 17, both of Colden; Nathan Davey, 17, of Glenwood; Derek Bonafede, 17, of Derby; and a 15-year-old Sardinia boy.

The break-in occurred Oct. 11 at Colden Elementary School, 8263 Boston Colden Road, when the five allegedly forced their way inside and stole a safe, laptop, computer servers and hardware, tools and money.

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