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Multiple-vehicle crash sends four to hospitals

Four people suffered minor injuries in a multiple vehicle crash at Michigan Avenue and Clinton Street early Monday evening, authorities reported.

The crash occurred at about 6:45 p.m. Three vehicles were reported to be involved, including one that rolled onto its side.

Rural/Metro Medical Services transported four people to area hospitals: one to Millard Fillmore, two to Buffalo General and one to the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, according to reports.

Details of their injuries were not available, although none were believed to be serious.

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Driver accused of hitting pedestrian, three vehicles

A Cheektowaga man faces multiple charges after he allegedly struck two parked cars, a pedestrian and a moving vehicle Saturday afternoon on French Road, Cheektowaga police reported.

Gurninderjit Thandi, 32, of Slate Creek Drive, had blood taken for testing after he passed out at the scene, police said.

Authorities initially were called to a hit-and-run on French Road at about 3:15 p.m. They arrived to find a vehicle had pulled into an apartment complex, driven onto grass behind the buildings and struck a parked vehicle.

When a witness tried to stop Thandi's vehicle as it hit another parked car, he was struck and carried on the car's hood into French Road. The victim fell off the car into the road and was narrowly missed by another vehicle, which was also struck by Thandi's car, police said.

Officer then located Thandi's vehicle a short distance away.

Thandi was charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment, felony assault and felony driving while intoxicated. He was held pending arraignment.

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Lackawanna woman hurt in Town of Boston crash

An 81-year-old Lackawanna woman was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center following a late morning crash Monday in the Town of Boston, county sheriff's officials reported.

Police said Joan Kezman was traveling east on West Tillen Road just after 11:30 a.m. when she apparently failed to negotiate a curve and her vehicle struck a guardrail, went off the road and struck two trees and a culvert pipe before overturning.

Kezman's vehicle came to rest on its roof in a driveway, police said.

Volunteers from the Boston Fire Company extricated Kezman using hydraulic equipment.

She was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC. Police said she suffered internal injuries in the crash.

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Inmate accused of punching 2 Holding Center officers

A Bissell Street man incarcerated in the Erie County Holding Center was charged Monday with two counts of felony assault after punching two officers in the face, Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported.

Teddy Hicks, 48, was out of his cell for breakfast about 5:30 a.m. Monday when he allegedly struck Correction Officer James Purcell in the face and then tossed two more punches that were blocked by Purcell.

Shortly thereafter, sheriff's officials said Hicks was being moved to a more secure housing area following the first assault when he allegedly punched Lt. Darryl Gaines in the jaw.

Purcell and Gaines were both treated by private physicians for their injuries.

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2 women admit stealing from elderly victims

A former health care worker and a Depew woman each face possible prison terms after pleading guilty Monday to stealing $25,000 each from their elderly victims in unrelated embezzlement cases.

Shayla Jackson, 47, of Stockbridge Avenue, and Depew resident Anna Voll, 37, of Penora Street, each pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny before Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio.

Voll also pleaded guilty to identify theft, admitting she stole $25,000 from her widowed 83-year-old mother-in-law's credit and debit cards after opening accounts in the Lancaster woman's name without authorization.

Jackson embezzled $25,000 from the credit cards she stole from a dying Buffalo woman she cared for from last August through early November, prosecutors said.

Both face possible state prison terms of up to four years, as well as court-ordered restitution. Voll will be sentenced May 27; Jackson, June 22.

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2 charged in Clarence with drunken driving

Erie County sheriff's deputies have charged two people with driving while intoxicated in Clarence.

At about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Main Street, Deputy Dennis Orlowski stopped a vehicle with a lighting defect after it failed to stay in its lane, officials said. Frank R. Cratsenberg, 49, of Harding Road, Amherst, was charged with DWI after refusing to take a breath test, reports said.

Early Monday, Deputy Simon Biegasiewicz stopped a vehicle on Transit Road for failing to signal a lane change and then failing to maintain its lane.

Brian J. Koszuta, 27, of North Ayers Road, Akron, was charged with aggravated DWI, based on a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, according to arrest reports.

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