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Man asleep at the wheel is charged with DWI

A Cheektowaga man was charged with driving while intoxicated shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, after his vehicle was found stopped in the middle of Route 39 at Brown Street in the Town of Collins.

Bracken L. Brainard, 34, of Cherokee Road, Cheektowaga, who was ordered to appear in Town of Collins Court at a later date, was found passed out behind the wheel, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Brainard's vehicle had front-end damage with dirt packed inside, as if it had run into an embankment, sheriff's officials said. Brainard was treated in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital for a mouth laceration, officials said.


Three hurt in Marilla as van, pickup collide

Three people were taken to the hospital Friday night following a two-car crash in Marilla.

The crash occurred shortly before 7:30 p.m. at Williston and Eastwood roads, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Lynnette M. Franz of Chaffee was driving a 1991 Ford van northbound on Eastwood, failed to stop at stop sign at the intersection, officials said, and was struck by a 2006 Dodge pickup heading west on Williston.

A 13-year-old passenger in the van was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center and was listed in serious condition, according to the Sheriff's Office. Franz, 41, was taken to ECMC, where she was treated and released for a shoulder injury.

The driver of the other vehicle, David Benzee, 41, of Cowlesville, was taken to ECMC with minor injuries.

The accident remains under investigation.


Girl, 8, killed in crash of SUV in Barre

BARRE -- An 8-year-old girl died in a one-car crash Friday night in the Orleans County community of Barre, state police reported.

Abagail Buzard was a a back-seat passenger in an SUV traveling south on Oak Orchard Road about 10 p.m. when the driver, Courtney Buzard, 17, lost control of the vehicle, state police said. The SUV rolled over and went down an embankment, coming to rest in an irrigation ditch.

Abagail was ejected and pinned beneath the wreckage. Emergency crews responded and transported the girl to United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia, where she was pronounced dead. Her cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Several other passengers were transported to Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport and Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.


3 Buffalo youths accused in arson, robbery spree

Three Buffalo youths are accused of a recent crime spree -- ranging from arson to robbery -- in the northwest section of the city.

Juan C. Quiros, 18, of West Ferry Street, is charged with arson, larceny and criminal mischief, police said.

Jose Limas, 17, of Chenango Street, and Robyn C. Baker, 18, of Potomac Avenue, are charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

The arrests stem from an investigation by Fire Marshals Joseph J. Tomizzi and James J. O'Neill, who were investigating a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe that was set on fire at Forest Avenue and Baynes Street early Thursday morning.

Information led the fire marshals to Quiros, who is accused of the crime.

Officers and detectives from the Northwest District assisted in the investigation, which led them to the two others -- Limas and Baker. Police accuse them of stealing iPods, sunglasses, change and other property from dozens of parked cars during an overnight crime spree on Penhurst Park, Inwood Place, Granger Place, Ashland Avenue, Baynes Street and Forest Avenue.

Limas and Quiros face additional charges for armed robberies on Elmwood Avenue and the area of Ashland and Bird avenues in May.


Gunman robs woman as she sits in her car

A woman was robbed early Saturday while sitting in her car at Humboldt Parkway and Northland Avenue.

The woman told Buffalo police she was seated in her car just before 4 a.m. Saturday, when a man wearing a black hoodie and dark pants approached the vehicle and pointed a gun at her.

The woman turned over her purse, which contained $200, according to police reports.

The gunman then jumped into a late model green Buick and fled.


3 robbers with gun take guard dogs from juvenile

Three males -- one displaying a gun -- stole two guard dogs from a juvenile at Fougeron and Josephine streets over the weekend, Buffalo police said.

The incident happened just after 10 p.m. Friday, when the three approached the juvenile, who had the two South African Boerboels on leashes, according to police reports.

One of the thieves pulled out a black handgun, while a second grabbed the leashes from the youth.

The three robbers and the two dogs -- which are breeds of guard dogs -- piled into a green four-door sedan, which was last seen heading north on Josephine.

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