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Route 5, Big Tree Road scene of multicar pileup

Slippery roadways and near-whiteout conditions led to a pileup of more than a dozen cars on Route 5 near Big Tree Road in the Town of Hamburg just before 2 a.m. Friday, Hamburg fire officials said.

Route 5 was closed for a while as emergency crews responded. One man initially unconscious was not seriously injured, authorities said. Volunteers from Lake Shore, Newton-Abbott and Woodlawn fire companies responded.

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Man dies in crash; another man injured

One man was killed early Friday when a minivan crashed into a pole in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area, Buffalo police reported.

The crash occurred at about 1:45 a.m. at the intersection of Paderewski Drive and Clark Street, south of Broadway, a few blocks east of Fillmore Avenue.

A male passenger was pronounced dead at Erie County Medical Center, where another occupant of the vehicle is being treated. Police believe one or more occupants may have fled the vehicle after the crash, and they're not sure who was driving.

The cause remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the Buffalo police confidential tip line at 847-2255.

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Damage placed at $40,000 as fire hits Amherst home

Damage was put at $40,000 as the result of a fire that broke out in a second-floor bedroom of a home at 101 Glenhaven Drive, Amherst, about 10 a.m. Friday, according to Amherst Fire Control.

Firefighters brought the blaze in the 2 1/2 -story house under control in about 20 minutes, officials said.

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Three armed robbers hold up HSBC branch

Three men armed with handguns held up the HSBC Bank branch at 1017 Broadway about 9:45 a.m. Friday, Buffalo police said.

One approaching a teller window grabbed a customer around the neck and took $210 from him while another held a bank security guard against a wall at gunpoint. The third bandit demanded money from teller.

An unknown amount of cash was taken.

The three fled south on Lombard Street. Police later found a bag of money and dye pack in the 200 block of Lombard.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ferry-Fillmore District police at 851-4412.

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N. Collins man, friend charged after crash

A North Collins man has been charged with driving while intoxicated and assault in a complicated series of events that also resulted in charges against a friend, Erie County sheriff's deputies said today.

Eugene W. Bauer, 55, of North Street, North Collins, was charged after deputies said his vehicle struck a mailbox and went off Brant-North Collins Road at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Bauer left the scene on foot, and Dorothy Lambe, 44, of North Collins later called the Sheriff's Office to report that she had been driving when the accident occurred, deputies said. When deputies determined that Bauer had been driving, they charged Lambe with falsely reporting an incident.

Deputy Ken Achtyl Jr. charged Bauer with aggravated DWI after deputies said he recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent. Officials said he also was charged with assault and resisting arrest after he struggled and pushed Achtyl into a wall, injuring the deputy's elbow.

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Police seek driver in Lancaster hit-run

Lancaster police are looking for the public's help in finding the driver whose pickup struck two other vehicles before leaving the scene about 7:05 a.m. Wednesday.

The dark-colored pickup with a red plow blade was heading east on Walden Avenue at Cemetery Road, where it struck a westbound vehicle with its plow edge.

The pickup then rear-ended another eastbound vehicle before leaving the scene. Two people, including a Lancaster police dispatcher, were treated for injuries described as minor.

"We're looking for anyone in that time frame who may have seen that vehicle or has any information about it," Capt. Timothy R. Murphy said Friday.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Edward Wojtal at 683-3120, Ext. 10.

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Cash, van stolen from Elmwood business

Cash and a van were stolen Thursday night or Friday morning during a break-in at a coffee distributor in North Buffalo, according to Northwest District police reports.

The burglary at Vago Co., 2207 Elmwood Ave., occurred sometime between 7 p.m. Thursday night and 6 a.m. Friday.

Part of a door was removed to enter the building.

Officers were told an undetermined amount of cash was taken, as were the keys to a van, which also is missing. The vehicle was described as a white, 2005 Ford E350 with gray bumpers and no side windows.

Its license plate is 10527JZ.

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