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Motorcyclist killed in Thruway collision

A West Seneca man died Sunday after his motorcycle hit another vehicle on the Thruway in West Seneca.

Dennis Radder, 29, was thrown from his machine and later pronounced dead in Mercy Hospital.

State police said Radder's motorcycle struck the rear of a vehicle operated by Antonio Manetta, 72, of West Seneca, at about 7:06 p.m. They said the motorcycle continued on after Radder was ejected and eventually struck a guardrail, bursting into flames. Manetta was not injured.

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Woman rescued from fire is in critical condition

A woman rescued from a house fire in Allentown was in critical condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center.

Layna Williams, 58, was rescued by a Buffalo firefighter who reportedly found her unconscious inside an apartment at 101 North Pearl St.

Fire officials said the rescue was complicated by thick smoke inside the building. The cause remains under investigation.

The fire at 4:15 a.m. caused $50,000 damage to the building and $25,000 damage to the contents, according to officials. An unidentified fire chief strained his back during the fire, but was not hospitalized.

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Missing man found and charged with DWI

A Town of Boston man who was reported missing Friday was found by Erie County sheriff's deputies over the weekend and arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office said Brian Woodard, 26, was reported missing by a relative who said Woodard disappeared after taking the relative's car and $500.

Deputies located him on Boston State Road in Boston and arrested him on charges of DWI and driving under the influence of drugs. His license also was revoked. Officers said they also charged him with possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument after they found a quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia in the car.

Deputies said he submitted to a blood and urine test and was taken to Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Boston Town Court.

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Second DWI in March raises level to a felony

A Williamsville man convicted of driving while intoxicated earlier this month was arrested again Friday.

Dean C. Decker, 52, was charged with felony aggravated DWI after state police saw him driving erratically on Main Street in Clarence.

Police said Decker's blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit. Decker was convicted of an earlier DWI charge March 2. He will appear in Clarence Town Court on March 30.

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Shooting victim upgraded to fair condition in ECMC

A men seriously wounded Saturday in the Kensington-Fillmore neighborhood has been upgraded to fair condition, an Erie County Medical Center spokeswoman said Sunday.

Omar Walker, 32, no address available, originally was listed in critical condition.

Walker and Alfred Mack, 55, were standing near Fillmore and Dewey avenues at about noon Saturday when a gunman opened fire, striking Walker several times. Mack was treated for a minor leg wound.

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Man and woman arrested after fight with police

A Lockport man and a Buffalo woman were arrested Sunday after getting into a fight with Buffalo police officers at a Chippewa Street bar.

Ajay Makhija, 25, and Kristen Hollywood, 24, were charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest. Hollywood also was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly intentionally injuring a police officer.

Makhija was told to leave Bottom's Up bar at 69 W. Chippewa St. at about 4 a.m. and allegedly forced his way back in past police officers, resulting in a struggle with the officers, according to a police report. Hollywood, who was described by police as Makhija's girlfriend, allegedly interfered with Makhija's arrest and, in the process, scratched one of the officers in the face, police reported.

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Man who exchanged words with driver is hit by car

A North Tonawanda man was injured Sunday when he was hit by a car on Elmwood Avenue near Bryant Street after having words with the driver, Buffalo police reported.

Andrew Rak, 22, told police he exchanged words with the driver of a white sedan while he was walking down the street at about 5 a.m. Rak reported that the driver of the car, who remains unknown, then intentionally hit him with the car, breaking his leg.

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