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>Pedestrian hit by vehicle hospitalized in Erie, Pa.

CARROLL -- A pedestrian from Jamestown was taken by Starflight to an Erie, Pa., hospital Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle in the Town of Carroll, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Samuel Oneal was listed in fair condition late Saturday morning in Hamot Medical Center. Deputies said that Oneal stepped into the path of a westbound vehicle on Route 62 in the Town of Carroll at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

No charges are being filed in the incident.

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>Gun fired in robbery of two on near East Side

Two men were robbed of $60 cash and a set of keys by a pair of bandits who fired at least one round from a semi-automatic pistol on the city's near East Side early Saturday morning.

The victims said they were standing on a Rodney Avenue porch just after midnight when two men came up to them and offered them some marijuana. When they refused, one of the thieves pulled out the gun and fired the round in their direction before the two bandits took the money and keys.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred just east of Fillmore Avenue, between East Amherst Street and Leroy Avenue.

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>Damage put at $200,000 in blaze triggered by car

A car fire spread quickly to two occupied homes early Saturday, sparking a two-alarm fire that caused $200,000 damage to two occupied homes in the city's Kensington-Eggert neighborhood, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the 3:47 a.m. report of a vehicle fire in the driveway at 280 Davidson Ave., south of Kensington Avenue and west of Eggert Road.

The blaze destroyed the vehicle and left $100,000 damage each to 280 and 284 Davidson.

All the occupants got out safely, but firefighters called for a second alarm at 4:06 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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>Woman is roughed up in strong-arm robbery

A woman had her hearing aid damaged when three other females struck her in the left ear and then beat her in the face and neck late Saturday morning in the city's Bailey-Delavan area, Northeast District police reported.

The three women approached the victim at the corner of Courtland and Lang avenues at about 11:30 a.m. and asked her for a light, she told police. They then attacked her and tried to take her benefit card, before fleeing south through a parking lot.

The injured woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of scratches on her face and neck.

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>DWI checkpoint nets arrest of five people

HANOVER -- State police arrested five people during a sobriety checkpoint on Routes 5 and 20 in the Chautauqua County Town of Hanover on Friday, police officials said Saturday.

More than 400 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and troopers detained seven of the vehicles.

Troopers arrested two young men, ages 19 and 20, for possession of alcohol under age 21, two people for driving while intoxicated and one for marijuana possession, police said.

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>Victim of carjacking places blame on friend

A man told Buffalo police he was carjacked Saturday afternoon by one of his friends.

The victim told police the crime occurred about 1:20 p.m. Saturday as he was in a red 2000 Ford, with the friend and another person he didn't know, at Broadway and Playter Street.

The carjacker produced a handgun and ordered the man out of the car, then the two fled in the car, police said.

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>Woman in ditched vehicle faces felony DWI charge

A complaint about a vehicle in a ditch led Erie County sheriff's deputies to charge an Akron woman with felony driving while intoxicated early Friday.

Deputy Brandon Stott responded to the vehicle on Buell Road in Newstead and charged Denise L. Schmidt.

Schmidt was charged with felony DWI after a records check showed a previous drunken-driving conviction in Erie County in 2002, police said.

She submitted to a breath test that revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, sheriff's officials said.

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>Stepped-up enforcement vowed in Niagara County

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office will step up traffic enforcement near shopping malls and along busy roadways during the holiday season.

The increased enforcement begins Monday and runs through New Year's.

"Our focus will be on aggressive and distracted driving behaviors such as tailgating and cell phones," said Sheriff James R. Voutour.

"This type of behavior is one of Niagara County's leading contributing factors in motor vehicle crashes."

Voutour also reminded shoppers to lock their car doors, park in well-lit areas and not to leave valuables in plain sight inside their vehicles.

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