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Three injured in crash with a street sweeper

FRENCH CREEK -- Charges are pending against a Clymer woman who collided with a French Creek Highway Department street sweeper Wednesday afternoon on Redding Road, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Authorities said a vehicle driven by Julia Miller, 34, rear-ended the street-sweeping tractor at about 12:20 p.m., sending it into a ditch.

The driver of the sweeper, Loye Albright, 45, of Clymer, was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., for treatment of injuries. Miller and a passenger were treated in Westfield Memorial Hospital.

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Three boys arrested as I-86 BB snipers

ELLERY -- Three boys were arrested Monday after they admitted shooting BB guns at vehicles passing by on the Southern Tier Expressway, shattering a minivan's window, state police reported Wednesday.

At about 4 p.m. Monday, a trooper responding to a report of a minivan with a damaged window found four young people in a wooded area along the expressway in Ellery, Chautauqua County, said Investigator Edward Kalfas.

Three boys, ranging in age between 10 and 14, had three BB guns in their possession and told Trooper Clifford Beaumont that they had been shooting at passing vehicles for a brief period of time.

The 10-year-old boy who fired the shot that shattered a rear passenger window on the van is charged with misdemeanor criminal mischief.

That boy, his 13-year-old brother and a 14-year-old friend are all charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. The boys' names were not released because of their ages.

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Buffalo man indicted on murder, drug counts

An Erie County grand jury Wednesday indicted Marcus Gottsche on one count of second-degree murder and a marijuana possession count in connection with the fatal shooting last month of a former girlfriend who was still living with him.

Gottsche, 28, of Breckenridge Street, was ordered by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to remain jailed without bail after he pleaded not guilty at his midmorning arraignment.

Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III and homicide prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable said Gottsche is accused of fatally shooting Jasmine Armour, also 28, during an early-morning argument Feb. 10.

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No progress reported in search for woman, 18

Evans police said Wednesday they have followed up on 20 leads but have had no success in locating an 18-year-old Angola woman who has been missing since March 22.

An air search of the area of Eighteen Mile Creek near Lake Erie was conducted Wednesday by helicopter crews from the State Police and Erie County Sheriff's Office for any sign of Angel Leverenz, police said. Divers are expected to return to the creek when conditions improve.

Leverenz was known to be driving a Honda Accord, which was located last Thursday on South Creek Road in the Town of Evans.

Crews from numerous local police and fire agencies conducted exhaustive searches in and around the creek late last week to no avail. The search was suspended Saturday.

Police said the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children was notified and pamphlets are being distributed in an attempt to find Leverenz.

Leverenz is a 5-foot-5, 110-pound white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and jeans.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Evans police at 549-3600 or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at (800) 843-5678.

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Guns seized in arrest of West Avenue resident

Five guns, including two assault weapons, were seized, and a West Avenue man was arrested earlier this week following a raid by Buffalo police, authorities said Wednesday.

Narcotics detectives raided the lower front apartment at 301 West Ave. just before 7:30 p.m. Monday. Arrested was Cornell Virgil-Mack, 24, of that residence.

Virgil-Mack was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and felony possession of marijuana.

Three handguns and a pair of assault-style weapons were confiscated by police along with $1,200 cash and about a half pound of marijuana.

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Police blame heroin addicts for Isle house burglaries

Two Town of Tonawanda men are accused of Grand Island burglaries earlier this month to feed heroin addictions, Erie County sheriff's officials said Wednesday.

Kevin J. Blair, 23, and Timothy M. Braun, 27, were arrested late Tuesday by sheriff's detectives Brian O'Hara and Alan Rozansky on charges including burglary, larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and possession of burglary tools.

The two are accused of daytime break-ins at homes March 22 on East River Road and two on Whitehaven Road Tuesday.

Items stolen included jewelry, an electronic device, cigarettes and a leather jacket, said authorities, who recovered some of the items.

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