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Driver who almost hit police car faces charges

HANOVER -- A Silver Creek man faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated, after he almost hit a police cruiser at about 8:25 a.m. Saturday, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Joshua M. White, 25, of Lafayette Street, was southbound on Hanover Road when he crossed the center line and nearly struck the patrol vehicle, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office. The officer in the cruiser pursued White, who tossed a beer can from the vehicle, deputies said.

White's blood-alcohol level was measured at more than 0.18 percent, deputies said. He also was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, littering and failure to keep right.

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Bicyclist critically hurt when hit by pickup

A bicyclist was critically injured Friday night when struck by a pickup on Milestrip Road in Brant.

The bicyclist was riding west on Milestrip near Morley Road when he was struck by a westbound pickup operated by James E. Hawes of Angola.

The bicyclist was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

The bicyclist was not identified pending notification of family.

The accident remains under investigation.

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Tip leads to arrest of two in car break-in

Buffalo police credited a witness who called them as he watched two men break into a car on the city's West Side on Friday morning.

Officer Anthony Shea, who answered the call, arrested the two men at West Utica Street and Rhode Island Street. Charged with criminal mischief, possession of stolen property and other charges were Juan Rodriguez and Carlos Corrales, both 21, and both from Buffalo.

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Clarence man held in argument with parents

A Clarence man was arrested early Saturday following an argument with his parents at the Roll Road home they share.

James J. Diblasi, 44, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment. Deputies said the arrest occurred after they responded to a domestic call at about 12:15 a.m. They said Diblasi -- arguing about money and in an "obnoxious, volatile" state -- had shoved his father and punched a hole through the screen door.

Deputies Dan Granville and Eric Major arrested Diblasi.

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Cab driver says fare assaulted, robbed him

A Buffalo taxicab driver told police he was assaulted and robbed of $53 by a man he picked up at Delaware Avenue and Amherst Street at about 4:45 a.m. Saturday.

The cabbie said the fare jumped from the back seat into the front seat and punched him several times in the face. The robber pushed the driver out of the cab, kicked him several times and took the money from the cabbie's shirt pocket.

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