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Driver, 69, is killed in three-car crash

A 69-year-old Williamsville man was declared dead at the scene of a three-car crash at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday on Harlem Road near George Urban Boulevard in Cheektowaga.

A southbound driver on Harlem Road started to turn left into a Wilson Farms parking lot, noticed the lot was full and stopped in the oncoming traffic lane, said Cheektowaga police Capt. James Speyer.

When a northbound driver attempted to steer around the stopped car, he sideswiped the northbound Williamsville man, who was bumped into oncoming traffic and hit head-on.

The driver of the southbound car that hit him was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

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Depew man, 41, found dead in Falls hotel

NIAGARA FALLS -- An unidentified 41-year-old Depew man was found dead in bed in a downtown hotel room at about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officers said the man apparently succumbed to an overdose of medication combined with alcohol. The investigation was turned over to the Niagara County Coroner's Office.

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Casino confrontation in Falls leads to arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police arrested a Buffalo man on a trespass charge after security officers at the Seneca Niagara Casino had asked him to leave the property during a confrontation over a parked car.

City police said they arrested Samuel T. Calderone, 68, of Main Street, after he also was involved in a confrontation with them. They said the man had been unable to find his car even after security officers drove him through all of the parking areas near the casino, suggesting that perhaps he had not left his car there at all.

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Glass chessboard smashed over head of woman

A Riverside man has been charged with assault and harassment after he allegedly smashed a glass chessboard over his girlfriend's head on Christmas morning.

According to police, the couple was drinking and playing chess in a home on Crowley Avenue near Riverside Park at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. They had a fight over a phone number that was found in the man's cell phone, according to a police document. The victim suffered cuts on her face and head after she was hit with the glass chessboard.

Police arrested Wade L. Anderson, 40, of Tonawanda Street. He was charged with first-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

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Woman in paratransit van falls from wheelchair

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- An unidentified 73-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake woman suffered life-threatening injuries when she was thrown from her wheelchair while riding in a paratransit van on Fourth Avenue near Highway 406 at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Niagara Regional Police report.

Police said the eastbound white 2007 Dodge Caravan was driven by an unidentified 56-year-old St. Catharines man, who stopped, then drove away and took the seriously injured woman back to her home. She eventually was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital by ambulance.

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Man, 94, who wandered from family is reunited

NIAGARA FALLS -- The story of a confused 94-year-old man who apparently wandered away from his family and became lost on Christmas ended happily when passers-by escorted the man to city Police Headquarters.

Officers said the Tonawanda man was reunited with his family at headquarters at about 9 p.m. Saturday.

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Man accused of reaching for gun in traffic incident

A Buffalo man was charged with menacing and harassment after three witnesses told police he reached for a gun during a traffic confrontation Sunday afternoon.

The incident allegedly occurred at about 2:30 p.m. at a red light at Military Road and Hertel Avenue.

Junior Vidal, 22, of West Delavan Avenue, turned himself in to Buffalo police when an officer called him at home, according to a police report.

A Kenmore driver and two passengers in his car told police that Vidal pulled ahead of their vehicle to block them, then reached for a gun. The witnesses reported that they saw the chrome handle of the weapon.

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Rear-view mirror of car damaged while parked

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Amherst woman told police Sunday that the rear-view mirror on the driver's side of her car was damaged while it was parked overnight in the 9100 block of Joliet Avenue.

She said the damage amounted to about $200. Police said there was no evidence leading to any suspect.

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Fire on Krettner Street causes $18,000 damage

Firefighters made quick work of a fast-spreading blaze on the city's East Side late Sunday morning.

Crews responded to a 1 1/2 -story occupied home at 111 Krettner St., just north of William Street.

The fire broke out on the first floor shortly before 11 a.m. No one was hurt, according to a fire dispatcher. Damage was estimated at $18,000.

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