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Multiple-vehicle crash on Thruway injures four

A multiple-vehicle collision in the westbound Thruway late Monday afternoon resulted in no serious injuries, state police reported.

The crash occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at milepost 429.4 between the exits for routes 400 and 219.

Rural/Metro Medical Services transported two people to Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo and two others to Erie County Medical Center.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation late Monday by state troopers.


Van driver charged in crash with mini-school bus

ALBION -- Six people were taken to Medina Memorial Hospital on Monday morning following a two-vehicle crash between a van and a mini-school bus, Orleans County sheriff's officials reported.

The crash occurred at about 11:30 a.m. on Albion-Eagle Harbor Road. A school bus driven by Marianne E. Olcott, 66, of Holley, was traveling west on the road when a van driven by Alice M. Drennen, 32, of Albion, was on the south shoulder of the road facing west.

Drennen apparently drove into the path of the bus, deputies said. The collision resulted in the bus going off the roadway and shearing off a fire hydrant before coming to rest in a roadside culvert.

Three preschool-age children, as well as the bus aide, Joan Salisbury, 78, were passengers on the bus.

The passengers, as well as Olcott and Drennen, were taken to Medina Memorial Hospital. There were no life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

Drennen was cited for two traffic infractions.


Traffic stop ends in arrest of 2 on vehicle theft counts

Two Buffalo males were arrested Sunday night by state police after they were found in an allegedly stolen vehicle on Timon Street, according to Buffalo police reports.

Deangelo J. Askew, 17, of Heller Street, and Jason E. Shaw, 20, of Timon Street, were stopped for a vehicle and traffic infraction on Timon.

Police said the 1995 Ford Explorer that Askew was driving was reported stolen earlier Sunday.

The vehicle was for sale when Askew and Shaw took it for an apparent "test drive" and allegedly failed to return it.

They were charged with felony criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor. Both were taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending court action.


6 felony charges leveled in alleged shotgun threat

A Buffalo man faces numerous charges, including six felonies, after police said he tried to rob a man after an argument about marijuana and money in a home near Kensington and Bailey avenues.

Gerald E. Hogue, 28, of Copsewood Avenue, threatened to shoot another man with a sawed-off shotgun in his home Sunday night after demanding $1,000 from the other man, according to a Buffalo police report.

Hogue was charged with attempted first-degree robbery, second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child.


Emergency razing sought after East Side house fire

Buffalo fire officials have requested emergency demolition of a vacant East Side house destroyed in an arson early Monday.

Firefighters responded to a 1:20 a.m. alarm at 417 Sherman St., near Sycamore Street, between Jefferson and Fillmore avenues.

The fire started on the second floor and quickly spread throughout the 2 1/2 -story house.

Fire officials listed the damage estimate at $50,000.


Flat-screen TV stolen from home on Comstock

A burglar stole a flat-screen television from a home in the Kensington-Bailey area between 10 p.m. Sunday and 2:30 a.m. Monday.

The 32-inch TV was taken from the enclosed sun porch of a home on Comstock Avenue, between East Amherst Street and Hutchinson Avenue, according to a Buffalo police report.

It was unclear from the report how the thief got in.


Car hits church on Genesee; out-of-state driver ticketed

Buffalo police are investigating an incident in which a vehicle struck an East Side church Monday.

The vehicle, which possibly was speeding, was traveling east on Genesee Street at about 11:15 a.m. when the driver apparently lost control, struck First Timothy Baptist Church and then a pole near Ivy Street, police said.

Clinton J. McIntyre Jr., 54, of Durham, N.C., was issued a summons for operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

McIntyre was transported by Rural/Metro Medical Services to Veterans Affairs Medical Center, which did not release information on his condition.

The church building sustained some damage, according to police.

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