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Parked police cruiser struck from behind, 2 people hurt

A Lancaster man was charged with drunken driving Sunday after he crashed a Jeep Cherokee into two parked vehicles and a lamp post near Elmwood Avenue and Bidwell Parkway around 12:30 p.m., then rear-ended a police cruiser parked on the Scajaquada Expressway near Delaware Avenue.

A Buffalo police officer who was inside the cruiser was treated and released from Erie County Medical Center. The officer had stopped to investigate another accident.

Police said Cameron Spivey, 24, also faces other charges, including leaving the scene of an accident. He was treated and released from ECMC.


One-car crash on Thruway leaves 2 women injured

Two women were taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center early Sunday following a one-car accident on the eastbound Thruway in West Seneca. Their injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Slippery road conditions were thought to have played a role in the midnight crash near Mineral Springs Road.

Krystal Wright, 23, of Orchard Park, was attempting to steer from the center lane into a passing lane when she lost control of the 2003 Jeep and hit the center barrier, state police said. Her passenger was not identified.


Police probing shooting find stabbing victim, bullets

Buffalo police investigating a report of five or six shots fired at a vehicle on Genesee Street early Sunday discovered a small cache of cartridges and bullets inside a parked SUV and the victim of a knifing.

Security personnel for Arthur's Pub on Genesee Street reported a man shooting outside the bar following an altercation inside about 3 a.m., according to a police report.

The man fired several shots, damaging the rear window of what was thought to be a blue Chevy Trailblazer.

The gunman then took off in a red Pontiac Montana northbound on Jefferson Avenue. Police recovered six .380 casings on Jefferson, near the bar.

They later found the red Montana parked on Locust Street. Footprints led to another SUV, a 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee, where officers saw a box of 50 .380 cartridges and a bag of 9 mm bullets on the front seat.

A red Nissan Pathfinder that fled the bar at the same time as the shooting was stopped on Virginia Street leaving Buffalo General Hospital.

The driver told police he sought medical attention for an 8-inch cut on his right forearm from an unknown person inside the bar.


Police search for gunman who fired at man in his car

A gunman is sought for shooting at another man Sunday morning on Titus Avenue.

A 28-year-old victim told police that the assailant fired at least four shots at him as he was seated in his car.

When the victim attempted to drive away, the gunman ran up to the car and threatened him, according to a Buffalo police report. He then stuck a chrome revolver inside the driver's side window and fired two more shots, one of which went through the man's Carhartt pants and lodged in the seat.

The gunman fled through a Titus Avenue driveway.


Lancaster woman injured when vehicle hits guardrail

A Lancaster woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries when her northbound car spun out and hit a guardrail about 3:40 a.m. Sunday near Exit 15 on the Niagara Thruway in the Town of Tonawanda.

State troopers said Stephanie Lapiana, 26, of Enchanted Forest North, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center and ticketed for unreasonable speed.


Suspended constable arrested on assault charges

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A police constable is held pending a bail hearing after he was arrested Sunday and charged with two counts of assault, Niagara Regional Police report.

Constable Frank Dean Rudge, 47, was taken into custody after an investigation into a report by a Welland woman that a man had assaulted her on Friday. Rudge currently is suspended from duty on unrelated matters.

A veteran of 25 years on the force, he was charged in 2007 with breach of trust for allegedly providing inside information to members of the Niagara chapter of the Hells Angels.

In 2003, he was banned from carrying weapons for two years after he pleaded guilty to assault causing bodily harm in a domestic dispute.


Driver faces charges after putting car in ravine

A one-car accident Sunday morning led to the arrest of a Strykersville man on charges of driving while intoxicated, disorderly conduct and marijuana possession, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

The car driven by Richard P. Burr, 31, went off Strykersville Road into a ravine at about 7 a.m., Deputies Kristen Rozycki and Russ Tyzka reported.

Deputies said they found Burr walking along the road, and said he became belligerent and combative when they approached him.

They said he had to be physically subdued, and that he sustained minor injuries that required hospital treatment.

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