>Dog trees black bear, then chases it into woods
A dog chased a 200-pound black bear up a tree and then into the woods late Friday in the Village of Lewiston, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies and state parks police responded at about 8:19 p.m. to a report of a black bear in the backyard of a home on Ridge Road.
The homeowner told authorities his Akita had chased the bear into a tree, and when the bear came down, the dog chased it into a wooded area.
The dog eventually returned unharmed and authorities were unable to locate the bear.
The bear apparently had been eating from a bird feeder in the backyard.
The encounter was one of several bear sightings already this season, including in Newfane, Alden, Boston, Eden, Elma, Springville, Wales and West Seneca, according to state environmental regulators.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminds people never to feed bears and to report any intentional or unintentional feeding of bears to the DEC.
>One motorcyclist killed, another critically injured
The weekend has brought another fatality and another serious injury to local motorcyclists.
A man was killed Friday night when he collided with a motor vehicle in the Town of Pendleton, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.
Martin Michael Crowley, 33, was operating a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle north on Main Road at about 9:30 p.m. when a southbound vehicle, driven by Regina Harville, 17, of Pendleton, made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, deputies said.
The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car causing Crowley to be thrown from the motorcycle. Crowley was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, an Eden man is in critical condition, after crashing his motorcycle head-on with a pickup early Saturday morning in North Collins, Erie County sheriff's officials said.
Daniel Gallaway, 43, was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center with leg and internal injuries, authorities said.
Gallaway was southbound on Boston State Road at 4:40 a.m. Saturday, when his motorcycle collided with a northbound pickup. The driver of the pickup, Corey Furl, 26, of Springville, was not injured, sheriff's officials said.
>Man faces felony DWI under Leandra's Law
A 38-year-old Buffalo man was charged Friday night with aggravated driving while intoxicated and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
State troopers stopped James Ramsey on the Thruway in Amherst at about 10:20 p.m.
Two children, ages 9 and 14, were in the vehicle with him. Under the state's Leandra's Law, which took effect this year, it is a felony for a first-time offender to drive drunk with a child younger than 16 in the vehicle.
>Teen wounds mother in accidental shooting
A mother was accidentally shot by her teenage son Saturday morning in Chautauqua County, state police said.
State troopers responded Saturday morning to a report of a female shot on Middle Road in the Town of Sheridan, said State Police Sgt. David Hendrick of the Jamestown Barracks.
Police did not release the names of the mother and son, but said the victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition.
The son, who is 16, was charged with recklessly discharging a firearm in a residence and is being held in Chautauqua County Jail, Hendrick said.
>Man's DWI charge brings trouble for friend
John Cooke of Cheektowaga needed a ride home early Saturday morning, after state troopers determined his blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit and charged him with aggravated driving while intoxicated.
But Cooke's call to a friend only led to more problems.
When Scott C. Hammond, 48, of Port Huron, Mich., drove to the state police station in Clarence to pick up his buddy, troopers discovered that Hammond appeared intoxicated, too.
He also didn't have a valid driver's license, troopers said. A breath test showed Hammond's blood-alcohol content was 0.09, and he was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.
Cooke, 56, was stopped on Main Street near Harris Hill Road shortly before midnight on Friday when troopers said they saw the vehicle he was driving cross over the center line twice. He blew a 0.24 on a breath test for blood-alcohol content.
Troopers said a third person who was sober showed up to drive Cooke and Hammond home.
>Two-alarm fire does $175,000 in damage
A two-alarm fire Saturday morning caused $175,000 in damage to a home on Bodine Road in Clarence.
A neighbor reported to dispatchers at 12:21 a.m. that the house at 10790 Bodine was on fire.
Firefighters from Clarence, Clarence Center and Main-Transit Fire companies initially responded, and a second alarm called more firefighters from Newstead Fire Company.