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Two-car crash claims a life in Ellicottville

ELLICOTTVILLE -- One person is dead after a two-car crash Sunday afternoon on Route 219, near Jackman Hill Road, according to state police.

The crash occurred at about 1:45 and caused the road to be shut down for several hours.

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Methamphetamine lab targeted in Ontario

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Niagara Regional Police were joined by numerous other police and emergency service agencies Saturday as they executed a search warrant on a methamphetamine lab in a barn on Creek Road in Wainfleet. Two men were arrested.

Officers said they seized an array of equipment and a large amount of processed methamphetamine. The raid followed a five-month investigation.

Charged with producing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking were James DiBenedetto, 54, and Jason Barr, 37, both of whom were arrested at their home on Foresthill Crescent in Pelham. DiBenedetto also was charged with possession of proceeds of crime after police seized about $50,000 at his residence.

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Woman estimates her loss in burglary at $12,850

A Wohlers Avenue woman told Buffalo police she lost $12,850 in electronic equipment, jewelry and clothing to a burglar who broke into her East Side home between 10:15 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m. Saturday.

Stolen were three diamond rings worth $6,000, clothes worth $2,000, 14 pairs of men's sneakers worth $2,000, 11 pairs of women's sneakers worth $1,000, a $650 gold necklace, a $500 3D TV, two cell phones worth $400 and a $300 video-game system.

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Driver of stolen vehicle backs into police car

NIAGARA FALLS -- A suspected car thief made it easy for police Saturday night when he backed the stolen vehicle into a stopped police car in the 1300 block of Ashland Avenue, locking onto the police cruiser's bumper.

Officer Nick Granto said a trailer hitch on the stolen vehicle penetrated the bumper of his patrol vehicle at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday. The driver, Ricky Q. Caldwell, 46, of Michigan Avenue, told police he had gotten the car earlier in the day in exchange for six rocks of crack cocaine.

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Overheated toaster blamed in Bailey-Winspear blaze

An overheated toaster oven sparked a fire that left an estimated $20,000 damage Saturday morning to a home in the Bailey-Winspear area.

Firefighters responded to a 10:47 a.m. alarm at 234 Shirley Ave., between Winspear Avenue and East Amherst Street. They managed to confine the blaze to the kitchen.

The Red Cross was called to help two adults and three children.

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Boy stabbed in back, suffers collapsed lung

A boy suffered a collapsed lung after he was stabbed in the back by a girl or woman late Saturday on the near East Side, Buffalo police say.

The boy's mother told Northeast District officers her son was near the New Skateland Arena, on East Ferry Street near Michigan Avenue, just after 9:30 p.m. when he was attacked.

A 20-year-old man drove the boy, whose age wasn't given, to Women & Children's Hospital. Information on his condition wasn't available Sunday.

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Man, 18, who tried to flee troopers faces charges

LOCKPORT -- A young man who tried to run away during a traffic stop early Saturday is facing numerous charges after state police say he tried to discard marijuana and a set of brass knuckles during the foot chase.

Troopers said that as they tried to stop a vehicle driven by Sakeel D. Hilson, 18, of the Town of Lockport, at 3:26 a.m. on Ruhlman Road, he jumped out and ran off. They arrested him at a nearby apartment complex.

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Island man, 41, charged in dealership break-in

A Grand Island man was charged with grand larceny, burglary and possession of burglary tools in connection with an incident at an auto dealership on Grand Island Boulevard on New Year's Eve, Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard announced.

Adam P. Riley, 41, of Schwegler Drive, turned himself in to deputies late last week. Riley is accused of throwing a cinder block through a window and stealing a laptop computer, several sets of keys and a 2002 Pontiac Grand Am valued at $6,500.

Detectives located the keys and laptop and expect to recover the stolen car. Riley is being held in the Erie County Holding Center.

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Vehicle stuck in snowbank leads to DWI charge

A Williamsville man whose vehicle was found stuck in a snowbank in Clarence on Saturday night later was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, state police reported.

Trooper Jill Pezzino responded at 10:30 p.m. to a report of a disabled vehicle on Transit Road, just south of Clarence Center Road, and arrested Patrick O. Carney, 30, for DWI.

The charge was upgraded to aggravated DWI after a breath test at State Police barracks in Clarence revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent.

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