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Man driving with daughter in car is charged with DWI

A North Tonawanda man driving at speeds up to 80 mph on Route 400 in West Seneca was charged with felony drunken driving Saturday.

Gary C. Turner, 29, failed field sobriety tests and was charged with the felony at about 5 p.m.

State police said they elevated Turner's DWI charge to a felony because his 2-year-old daughter was in the vehicle. Turner also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated unlicensed operation.

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3 teens lost in gorge after dark emerge safely

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Three teenagers lost in the Niagara Gorge as darkness fell Saturday were rescued by Niagara Parks Police.

The three teenagers entered the Niagara Glen area at about 6 p.m. and misjudged how much daylight was left, police said.

They were unable to find their way out, so one of the teenagers called her mother on a cell phone, and then the mother called 911.

A search by members of the Niagara Parks Police High Angle River Team found the young women "safe but exhausted and mosquito-bitten," police said.

The Thorold teenagers were guided to street level and to their parents shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday.

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Jamestown man who leapt into lake presumed dead

CHAUTAUQUA -- A 31-year-old Jamestown man who went missing Saturday after jumping from a boat into Chautauqua Lake is now presumed dead.

Chautauqua County sheriff's investigators continued a search Sunday to recover the body of the victim, who jumped into the lake for a swim near Dewittville Bay shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Sheriff's Office did not identify the man. He was not wearing a life jacket when he jumped into the water, and the unanchored boat began drifting rapidly away from him in winds of 12 to 15 knots.

Sunday's recovery mission, which began at 7 a.m. and wrapped up around 7 p.m., included a helicopter in the morning, side-scan sonar and divers being towed underwater by boats.

The victim went into the water near the Town of Chautauqua, about halfway between Mayville and Bemus Point on the northern end of the lake.

Search teams will use stronger side-scan sonar equipment when they resume the search this morning.

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Laundry list of charges filed after police chase

First, police said, he tailgated a patrol car.

Then he blew a red light.

And from there, the traffic infractions just kept piling up for Todd B. Taylor, 28, of Decker Street, who drove at speeds reaching 80 mph in a 30 mph zone during a chase at 3 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said.

Taylor followed the patrol car too closely at Main and East Ferry streets, and then ran a red light at Main and East Delavan Avenue, police said.

When the police lieutenant in the patrol car told him to pull over at Main and Fillmore Avenue, Taylor sped off on Amherst Street.

Taylor eventually headed south on Bailey Avenue, then struck a bus stop and continued on Bailey until turning onto Thornton Avenue. That's when his blown left tire ended the chase, police said.

In addition to obstructing governmental administration, Taylor was charged with following too closely, speeding, reckless driving, failure to obey a traffic control device, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated unlicensed operation.

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Attack victim targeted twice in 10 minutes

A Genesee-Moselle area man said he was punched by about a half dozen attackers who pulled up in a car Saturday evening on Kilhoffer Street as he walked home from the store at 7:30 p.m., Buffalo police said.

But his problem didn't end after the punches stopped.

The attackers got back in the car and fled, but they returned 10 minutes later on foot, he told police. One of them fired three shots at the victim and another man fired another shot at him, according to a police report. The victim suffered scrapes and bruises, but was not injured by the gunfire.

One suspect has been arrested, and the case remains open.

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Bike bandit points handgun at child

Ferry-Fillmore District police said someone pointed a handgun at a child and stole his bicycle at about 7 p.m. Friday on Roehrer Avenue.

The robber was described as a dark-complected black male, 6 feet tall, 120 pounds and wearing a white T-shirt. The bike, a silver Mongoose, is valued at $155.

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4 women pull another from limo bus, beat her

Four women dragged another woman off a limousine bus and then punched her and slammed her head on the pavement early Sunday morning at Franklin and West Chippewa streets, police said.

The victim was treated in Mercy Hospital for a concussion and cuts to her face, chest, mouth and elbow, according to a police report. The victim said she can identify her attackers and will press charges.

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