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>DWI, marijuana charges lodged against Corfu man

EAST PEMBROKE -- A Corfu man faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated, following a crash shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday on Route 5.

Aaron D. Swimline, 24, also was charged with possession of marijuana as well as traffic violations, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Pembroke Town Court at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15.


>Aggravated DWI suspect dwarfs legal limit in crash

A property-damage crash in Wales on Friday evening led Erie County sheriff's deputies to arrest a Wales resident accused of recording a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 percent almost four times the legal limit.

Deputies Tim Dusza and Tom Meredith charged Cheryl A. Gray, 48, with aggravated driving while intoxicated after they investigated a property-damage accident she was involved in at the corner of Warner Hill and Vermont Hill roads at about 6:35 p.m.

Gray also was ticketed for traffic infractions and released on appearance tickets, according to the police report.


>Dozing driver faces aggravated DWI count

A man found slumped at the wheel of his vehicle early Saturday at Main Street and East Delavan Avenue has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, Buffalo police said.

A Rural/Metro Medical Services crew spotted the vehicle with Seth E. Smith, 36, of Leroy Avenue, at the wheel, at about 5:30 a.m., authorities said.

Police charged Smith with aggravated DWI, with a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, according to police. Smith also faces a charge of obstructing traffic at an intersection.


>Victim of home robbery points out two suspects

Two men who followed a North Buffalo man into his home and robbed him at gunpoint Friday were later arrested, Northwest District police said.

Antonio Livingston, 22, of Wakefield Avenue, and Michael Moye Jr., 19, of Brewster Avenue, were charged each with first-degree robbery and possession of stolen property, according to police.

Police said the suspects followed the victim from the Metro Rail station to his Sagamore Terrace home. A long handgun was pointed at his face and both robbers stole his cell phone, wallet, coat and headband.

While in the back of a police car, the victim recognized the two bandits on Wakefield Avenue, police said, and the man's coat, phone and money were recovered.

Sagamore Terrace runs south from Hertel Avenue, two blocks east of Starin Avenue.


>Bandits with long guns rob three on Clinton Street

Three robbers armed with at least two long guns forced three people to lie face-down on the floor of a Clinton Street apartment, then robbed them of two cell phones and other items early Saturday, Central District police said.

The assailants, two men and one woman wearing black face masks and other dark clothing, forced the three into the Clinton Street apartment at gunpoint at about 12:30 a.m.

One victim was forced to take off a pair of pants and the thieves stole cell phones, gold earrings, a pair of boots and a Jesus necklace, according to police reports.

The bandits fled from the building on Clinton, between Hickory Street and Jefferson Avenue.


>Sheriff issues warning to Grand Island residents

Erie County Sheriff Tim Howard is warning Grand Island residents in neighborhoods near Stony Point Road to lock their cars and keep valuables and cash out of view.

The warning came after the sheriff's office received several calls Wednesday night from people claiming someone went into their unlocked cars. In one case, someone reported seeing a man running away from an unlocked car on Stony Point. A total of $100 in cash was taken from the vehicle.

"Prevention and common sense are your best deterrents when it comes to somebody wanting to break into your car," Howard said.

Erie County Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to a $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the break-ins. If you have any information, you are asked to call 867-6161.


>Trip to grocery store has criminal homecoming

NIAGARA FALLS -- A LaSalle-area woman had her purse stolen as she returned home from grocery shopping Friday evening.

Police said the victim had parked her car on the street outside her 91st Street home about 6:30 p.m. and was attempting to move another vehicle from her driveway when she saw a man walk toward her car, reach inside and grab the purse. The purse contained a camera, cell phone, credit cards, police said. The loss was estimated at $275.

In recent weeks, several women have been targeted in similar incidents as they carried groceries into their homes, police said.