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Disabled woman, 76, dies after car accident

THOROLD, Ont. -- A St. Catharines woman died of injuries suffered in an accident at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Dominic's Diner on Regional Road 20, Niagara Regional Police report.

The 76-year-old woman, who was disabled, fell to the pavement and struck her head when the driver of the car she was attempting to enter, a 78-year-old man, threw the vehicle into reverse to avoid being hit by another vehicle in the lot.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital by car, then transferred to Hamilton General Hospital, where she died Sunday.

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Four in Jamestown face charges after fight

JAMESTOWN -- Four Jamestown residents were charged Sunday morning with endangering the welfare of a child after police broke up a birthday party at which two women allegedly were encouraged to fight in the presence of small children, Jamestown police reported.

Officers arrested Jose Figueroa, Elaine Herriera Concepcion, Maria Velazquez and a 17-year-old girl. Figueroa also was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration.

They were taken to city jail, pending arraignment.

Police said officers responded at 1:22 a.m. to a report of a loud party at 734 E. Second St., where a fight broke out and a woman was knocked unconscious. They broke open the door after the people inside refused to open it and observed Figueroa dragging the unconscious woman, who later refused medical treatment, across the floor, police reported.

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Silver Creek man charged in punching incident

SILVER CREEK -- Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies charged a Silver Creek man with second-degree harassment after an altercation at about 5 p.m. Sunday on Andrus Street.

David R. Russell, 31, of Andrus Street, allegedly punched another Silver Creek resident during an altercation, deputies said. He was issued a ticket to appear in Hanover Town Court.

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Man, 31, charged in theft of cigarettes from stores

BASOM -- An East Rochester man has been charged with petty larceny for allegedly stealing cigarettes from two Basom stores March 3, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reported.

Frank J. Davis, 31, is alleged to have taken 15 cartons of cigarettes valued at $502 from the Totem Pole Smoke Shop and five cartons worth $204 from the Arrow Hawk Smoke Shop. In both incidents, authorities said, the thief ran out of the stores without paying for the items.

Davis was issued an appearance ticket for Alabama Town Court.

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DWI arrest made after car allegedly strikes deer

KIANTONE -- A Jamestown man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly hitting a deer while driving while intoxicated, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported.

Michael A. Bittorf, 39, was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and having insufficient headlamps, deputies said.

Bittorf, stopped at 1:22 a.m. on the Foote Avenue Extension in the Town of Kiantone, was issued appearance tickets for Kiantone Town Court.

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20-year-old faces charge linked to underage drinking

ALEXANDER -- A 20-year-old Alexander man was arrested Saturday for allegedly allowing minors to drink alcohol at his home, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reported.

Andrew P. Dentinger was charged with unlawful dealing with a child after authorities responded at 1:11 a.m. to a complaint of an underage drinking party in the Town of Alexander.

He was issued an appearance ticket for Alexander Town Court.

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Multiple charges follow traffic stop in Pomfret

FREDONIA -- A 20-year-old Buffalo man was arrested Saturday on multiple charges after Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies stopped his vehicle at 2:30 a.m. in the Town of Pomfret for failure to keep right.

Clayton T. Bainey was charged with driving while ability impaired, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful possession of alcohol and failure to keep right. He was released with appearance tickets for Pomfret Town Court.

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Tractor operator blinded by sun strikes man, 50

BROCTON -- A man who was blinded by the sun while operating a farm tractor pinned another man against his vehicle on a rural road in the Town of Portland late Saturday afternoon, injuring him seriously, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported.

William H. Farrar, 28, was driving his tractor west on Farr Road when he was blinded by the sun as he approached a stop sign at the intersection with Thayer Road. Farrar's tractor hit James R. Weary Jr., 50, who was standing outside his car. Weary was treated at the scene by Brocton and Portland emergency crews and then flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., by Star Flight.

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