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Traffic checkpoint yields 66 tickets

Sixty-six traffic tickets were issued by Cheektowaga and state police Saturday during a traffic safety road check on Galleria Drive.

The tickets included expired inspection, seat belt and expired registration violations.

One arrest also was made. Terrell G. Beckham, 19, of Buffalo, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, police said. He was issued an appearance ticket for Cheektowaga Town Court in October.


Scuffle with police lands man in hot water

Police said a Northland Avenue man arrested late Friday for blocking traffic and fighting with police faces several charges.

Courey Williams, 28, is charged with obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of a weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

He is accused of blocking traffic and refusing to move out of the way of a patrol car just after 11 p.m. on Rickert Avenue near North Fillmore Avenue and East Ferry Street. Williams fought with officers, who found a handgun in his waistband, police said.


Isle driver charged with DWI and felony

Erie County sheriff's deputies charged a Grand Island man with driving while intoxicated early Saturday.

Nicholas P. DiMatteo was stopped by Deputies Tom Meredith and Kristen Rozycki at about 4 a.m. on East Park Road on Grand Island. DiMatteo, 24, also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation, because he was driving with a revoked license from a prior conviction for driving while ability impaired, deputies said. DiMatteo refused to take a chemical test to determine his blood-alcohol level, according to authorities.


Rapist attacks girl passed out at motel

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 17-year-old girl who had passed out from drinking too much early Friday was raped in a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel room, police said. The victim told police she has been drinking with a girlfriend, a male acquaintance and his teenage brother earlier in the evening.


Police probe attacks at bar and bonfire

HARTLAND -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies investigated two fights early Saturday -- one leading to the arrest of a Gasport woman on third-degree assault charges.

Samantha L. Clark, 22, of Ridge Road, is accused of assaulting a woman about 2 a.m. at the Dry Dock Inn on Quaker Road. The victim suffered cuts to her nose and mouth, deputies said.

A Wilson-Cambria Road man was hit over the head with a beer bottle at a bonfire at a home on Ransomville Road in Ransomville about 1:30 a.m.

The attack, according to reports, was triggered by an argument with another man, who fled before deputies arrived. The victim's injuries were described as minor.


Street bandits take victim's ring and chain

An 18-year-old man was robbed of a gold chain and ring at gunpoint at Main Street and Depew Avenue, Buffalo police said.

The victim said he first noticed two males trying to rob another person at Main and East Amherst Street at about 4:15 p.m. Friday. The two then followed the victim and pulled a gun on him.


Loss placed at $6,000 in theft of cigarettes

Thieves stole cigarettes valued at $6,000 from a delivery truck on Grant Street about 11 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The crime occurred in the 500 block of Grant, where two men broke into a Tripi Foods work truck and took three boxes of cigarettes, police said. Witnesses said the thieves got into an old Dodge van and fled south on Grant.


Police charge five in attack on woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- Five females were charged with third-degree assault Friday for beating a 40-year-old woman who tried to help a teenage girl who was being threatened by the five, police said.

The attack occurred in the 700 block of Augustus Place about 3:30 p.m., police said. The victim was punched in the head, knocked to the ground and kicked repeatedly, said police, who described her injuries as minor.

Arrested were Gail M. Runge-Velasquez, 17, of Ninth Street; Denelle D. Sledge, 16, of Ninth Street; and Jasmine Cobb, 17, of LaSalle Avenue; and two girls, police said.

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