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Brocton woman linked to loan identity theft

BROCTON -- A Brocton woman faces a charge of felony first-degree identity theft after she filed for a loan in 2008 using a relative's name and then forged the victim's signature on the loan application, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Police said Pamela L. Furman, 44, of Pullman Street was arrested Thursday morning at her home. The $20,000 loan was spent on tuition for her son at a local college.

Furman was issued a ticket to appear in Portland Town Court May 3.

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Police identify man who was fatally shot

The man found fatally shot in an upper Mills Street apartment early Thursday has been identified as Amir Chambers of Buffalo.

City police responded to a call of a body at a residence in the 100 block of Mills shortly after 3 a.m., according to Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman. An autopsy by the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the 26-year-old man died from a gunshot wound, DeGeorge said. Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the slaying.

DeGeorge said anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential tip line at 847-2255 or submit information by using the "Report a Tip" function on the department's website.

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Buffalo man accused of fleeing from crash

Amherst police arrested a Buffalo man accused of fleeing from a rolled-over vehicle early Friday.

Shortly after 2 a.m., police were called to the scene of a two-vehicle crash on Dellwood Road, where they found a red Ford on its roof in the roadway and a white Pontiac with heavy front-end damage, pushed onto a lawn, according to police.

Witnesses told officers at the scene that they saw two men run away from the Ford.

Police said the driver, James Kenner, 29, of Buffalo, was charged with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, failure to keep right, refusal to take a breath test, driving with a suspended license and false personation.

Police are looking for the second man seen running from the car.

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Damage placed at $40,000 in fire on Eggert Road

A Friday afternoon fire caused $40,000 damage to a vacant house at 332 Eggert Road, the Buffalo Fire Department reported.

Flames erupted about 5 p.m., and one city firefighter suffered a minor injury and was sent for medical treatment, fire officials said.

The cause is under investigation.

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Complaint about boyfriend backfires for complainant

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 18th Street woman was arrested Thursday when officers found crack cocaine in her living room after she led them into her apartment with a complaint about her boyfriend, police said.

Shanikea N. Brown, 23, is charged with third-degree possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Police said they found crack cocaine and a digital scale on a living room couch in Brown's apartment. Brown called the police and let the two officers into her home before telling them she was afraid of her boyfriend returning to the apartment, police said.

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Aggravated DWI charge lodged in traffic stop

A Cheektowaga woman was arrested early Friday on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated on Transit Road in Lancaster, state police said.

Troopers said they pulled over Mary Lewis, 48, at about 1:25 a.m. for failure to keep right. And after failing field sobriety tests, she was placed under arrest and taken to state police barracks in Clarence. There, she submitted to a test that measured her blood-alcohol content at 0.20.

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Damage put at $40,000 in Sawyer Avenue blaze

A late-night fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damage to a Sawyer Avenue house in the Town of Tonawanda, police said.

The cause is under investigation. The fire was reported just after 11 p.m. Thursday at 182 Sawyer. Four adults and a child were being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Painkillers targeted in holdup at pharmacy

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police accused a 25th Street man of robbing a Michigan Avenue pharmacy of prescription drugs Thursday after they tracked him down using the license number of the pickup the masked suspect used to drive away.

William P. Hald, 35, was arrested at his home Thursday afternoon and charged with second-degree robbery and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

Police said a man wearing a military-style jacket and black mask used a silver hand gun to demand the prescription painkillers Opana and hydrocodone from the pharmacy staff before wiping his fingerprints from a door and fleeing in a truck.

An employee who watched the suspect drive away gave police the license number of the truck. The truck was registered to Hald, police said.

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