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Pothole flips snowplow on its side in Depew

A state Department of Transportation snowplow flipped on its side Sunday morning when it tangled with a pothole on Transit Road in Depew.

The plow was clearing snow and slush when its blade got caught in a pothole as it passed Depew High School in the 5200 block of Transit at 9:11 a.m., Depew police said. Transit was closed between Como Park Boulevard and Broadway until 11:30 a.m.

The driver was treated in Erie County Medical Center, police said.

Erie County Water Authority crews were working on a water leak in the vicinity of the pothole early Sunday afternoon, but police were unsure if the leak was associated with the pothole.

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Troopers in Clarence make two DWI arrests

State police in Clarence arrested two motorists for aggravated driving while intoxicated after they both failed breath tests early Sunday.

Troopers said Kelly A. Long, 28, of Williamsville, registered 0.24 percent, three times the legal limit, after she was stopped for failure to keep right on Main Street in Clarence at about 3:30 a.m.

Luther T. Hayes, 42, of Buffalo, tested 0.18 percent after he was stopped for speeding 75 mph on the Kensington Expressway at about 6 a.m., troopers said. He was charged with felony DWI and felony aggravated DWI due to a prior DWI conviction. He was sent to the Erie County Holding Center.

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Buffalo General patient charged with setting fire

A patient at Buffalo General Hospital was charged with fourth-degree arson after he allegedly took matches out of his sock and set a paper bag on fire in a restroom at about 3 a.m. Sunday, causing more than $300 damage.

David Rollins, 50, of East Delavan Avenue, also was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. All three charges are felonies.

Hospital security told Buffalo police they have a video recording of the incident. Rollins also admitted to an officer and a fire marshal that he started the fire, the police report said.

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Two county traffic stops result in DWI arrests

Erie County sheriff's deputies made two serious drunken driving arrests early Sunday.

Grant S. Steiner, 24, of Sunset Court, Hamburg, was charged with felony DWI after being pulled over on West Main Street in Springville shortly before 4 a.m. Steiner had a previous DWI conviction in 2006.

A traffic stop at about 4:20 a.m. on Route 219 in Concord resulted in the arrest of Matthew J. Walker, 23, of North Otto Road, Town of Cattaraugus. He also was charged with aggravated DWI.

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DWI arrests include two North Buffalo men

Two North Buffalo men were charged over the weekend with driving while intoxicated well over the legal limit.

Matthew R. Wolfley, 30, of Taunton Place, registered a blood alcohol content of 0.23 percent when pulled over at the check point on Tupper Street about 1 a.m. Saturday. He was chared with aggravated DWI.

Anthony J. Alvarez, 22, of Virgil Avenue, also was charged with aggravated DWI after police approached his car with a flat tire on Delaware Avenue at about 11:40 p.m. Friday and noted the smell of alcohol. A test showed a blood alcohol content of 0.16 percent.

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Metro Bus struck by pickup on Niagara

A pickup truck ran into a Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Metro Bus at about 1 p.m. Sunday on Niagara Street near Tonawanda Street, NFTA spokesman Douglas Hartmayer reported.

The bus driver complained of a sore neck and was treated in Buffalo General Hospital. A single female passenger was evaluated at the scene by Rural/Metro ambulance crews and did not appear to be injured. Damage to the vehicles was minimal.

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10-hour armed standoff ends in man's surrender

ALBION -- An Albion man surrendered to police early Sunday after a 10-hour armed standoff, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office reports.

The incident began at about 4:15 p.m. Saturday with a fight between Dustin E. McMullin, 33, and his wife in their home at 3804 Rich's Corner Road, deputies said. The wife and the couple's two children fled after McMullin threatened them and himself, deputies said.

McMullin holed up in the house throughout the evening, with at least two weapons, including an AK-47. When a police robot approached the house at 2 a.m., deputies said McMullin walked out and gave himself up.

He is charged with criminal nuisance, a misdemeanor, and is in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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Weekend break-in targets church on Grape Street

Gethsemane Baptist Church, 55 Grape St., was broken into over the weekend, its pastor told Buffalo police.

Thieves gained entry by breaking a window late Saturday. A large tower speaker, valued at $2,000, was stolen from the altar. The burglars broke another window, valued at about $1,600, to gain entry into a service room. The pastor said the church has been the target of several burglaries.

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