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Screaming man arrested, hits deputy in the face

DARIEN -- A man accused of standing in the road, screaming threats at neighbors and fighting with a sheriff's deputy was arrested here early Sunday, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies responded to a complaint of a man standing in the middle of Colby Road in Darien yelling threats at the people who live there, the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The man, who appeared to be intoxicated, pushed Deputy Patrick Reeves and hit him in the face before he could be taken into custody. Neither of them was injured.

Brett F. Dieter, 32, of Basom, is charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.

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Traffic stop in Ripley leads to DWI charge

RIPLEY -- A 25-year-old Jamestown man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop late Saturday in this Chautauqua County town, deputies reported.

A vehicle driven by Russell A. Maring was stopped just before midnight on Route 76 because it had only one working headlight, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

The deputy arrested Maring on suspicion of drunken driving, a charge that is a felony because Maring has a 2008 conviction for DWI.

He also faces charges of driving with inadequate headlights, a loud muffler, unsafe tires and an open container. Maring was arraigned in Ripley Town Court and remanded to the Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.

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Two women taken to ECMC after both are assaulted

Two women were treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center and released after a large fight that broke out early Saturday morning in the 200 block of Walden Avenue.

Natasha Scott and Lakisha Floyd were taken by Rural/Metro ambulances to ECMC. Scott told Buffalo police she was stabbed in the back by an unknown assailant.

Floyd was cut on the forehead by the same unknown suspect, police said. Police responded to the fight between 12:30 and 1 a.m.

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DWI charged after object is tossed from car

BROCTON -- Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies arrested a Brocton woman early Sunday after a passenger in her car allegedly threw something at a home on Central Avenue here.

Kristina Wagner, 24, was charged with driving while intoxicated after deputies located her car at about 2:15 a.m. on Smith Street. The passenger was not charged.

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Man with a note robs bank on Bailey Avenue

A man wearing sunglasses, a skull cap and a black suit with a white button-down shirt robbed a Bailey Avenue bank robbery Friday afternoon.

The man entered the M&T Bank branch at 3037 Bailey Ave. at about 3 p.m. He also was described as a thin black man, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and between 18 and 26 years old.

The man stood in line for about 30 seconds until the teller called him over. The man then handed the teller a note demanding money, according to a police report.

When the teller handed over some money, the man took the bills and sorted them. He pushed some of the money back to the teller and left the bank.

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Arrest made in threat to set dogs on landlord

A Rogers Street man was arrested Saturday on charges of menacing and harassment after he threatened to sic pit bulls on his landlord.

The landlord was attempting to collect rent and serve papers on Eugene Lawrence Jr., 23, Saturday afternoon when Lawrence allegedly threatened to kill and cause physical harm to the man by using the dogs, according to a Buffalo police report.

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Police arrest several at housing complexes

Several people were arrested in Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority complexes Friday.

More than a half dozen people from the Willert Park, Douglas Towers and Perry housing complexes in the city were arrested on various charges by the new 21-person unit that polices the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Buffalo police said.

Most were related to drug charges, police said. Two were felony charges -- one for narcotics, the other for gun possession.

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Police officer injured after SUV strikes her

An officer was injured early Sunday on the city's West Side when a man driving an SUV sideswiped her and nearly dragged her down the street when he ignored her orders to stop, Buffalo police reported.

Central District Officer Ann W. Devaney was on Virginia Street, near the on-ramp to the Niagara Thruway, at 1:40 a.m. when an SUV sideswiped her, hitting her left arm and shoulder.

Devaney told the driver to stop, but he yelled back, "Are you high, copper?" and pulled away as she put her hand on the passenger side door handle.

Devaney suffered pain and bruising in the incident, police reported.

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