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Woman killed in crash of pickup, motorcycle

TOWN OF LEWISTON -- Police said alcohol played a role in the crash of a motorcycle and pickup that claimed the life of a woman about 6 p.m. Saturday.

Town of Lewiston Police Sgt. Frank Previte said the motorcycle was westbound on Upper Mountain Road between Garlow and Indian Hill roads and crossed the center line, colliding head-on with the eastbound pickup.

Both the woman and a man operating the motorcycle were ejected. The man suffered minor injuries and refused treatment, police said. He is expected to be charged, police added. Identities were unavailable late Saturday.

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Stove smoke triggers apartment evacuation

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A Glendale Drive apartment complex was evacuated early Saturday after an intoxicated resident fell asleep after putting a pot on a stove, causing two floors of the building to fill with light smoke.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies said they were emptying the building in the 5000 block just before 2 a.m when they discovered the source of the smoke.

Deputies awakened the resident, who denied responsibility for placing the pot on the stove. There was no fire or damage to the complex and residents were allowed to return a short while later.

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Pharmacist duct-taped in knifepoint robbery

A man robbed a West Seneca pharmacy at knifepoint Saturday morning, then tied up a pharmacy employee before fleeing with prescription drugs.

The robbery at Western New York Medical Park Pharmacy, 550 Orchard Park Road, occurred shortly before 10 a.m., when a man pulled a knife on the pharmacist and demanded prescription drugs.

The bandit used duct tape to cover the pharmacist's mouth, then bind the victim's hands and feet, police said. The robber then fled out the rear of the building toward Cazenovia Creek with an undetermined amount of prescription drugs. The robber was described as white, in his mid-20s, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, weighing about 150 pounds and wearing jeans and a gray sweat shirt over a blue hoodie.

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Lockport music fan bilked in ticket scam

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Police said a Sycamore Lane man was the victim of online fraud Friday when he paid $434 for concert tickets.

The victim, who was seeking tickets to an upcoming concert in Ohio, was contacted by a woman offering a link to a website, and the man paid for the tickets through Western Union before realizing the website was fake.

The money was directed to a man in Great Britain, said police, who added that an investigation is continuing.

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Three vehicles stolen in plain sight on Friday

ROYALTON -- Police are investigating the theft of three unregistered vehicles from an Ernest Road property.

Neighbors reported seeing a white flatbed truck pull onto the property twice, between noon and 3 p.m. Friday. During the first visit, a 1990 Lincoln and a 1993 Chevrolet were hauled away and on the second visit, a red Oldsmobile.

The cars, valued at $200 each, are owned by a Middleport woman, who told investigators that she had been contacted by a businessman recently about purchasing vehicles, police said. However, she made no arrangements to sell any.

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Traffic stop yields aggravated DWI arrest

WILSON -- A Ransomville woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after being stopped on New Road about 12:30 a.m. Friday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Gail E. Warren, 63, posted a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent.

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Newfane man accused of threatening teenager

NEWFANE -- A West Avenue man arrested Friday night is accused of making threats against a Hillcrest Street resident.

Andrew D. Kinder, 26, was charged with second-degree menacing and trespassing. He is accused of threatening a teenager with two metal bars.

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Man suffers graze wound in Jefferson Ave. barrage

Someone opened fire about 15 times on a Jefferson Avenue bar early Saturday, leaving one man with a graze wound, police said.

The incident was reported shortly before 4 a.m. at Foster's Bar, 694 Jefferson Ave. One man suffered minor injuries when he was grazed in the left leg by one of the bullets.

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Detention facility detainee accused of March 11 attack

BATAVIA -- A detainee at the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia was charged with second-degree assault Friday in connection with an attack on another detainee March 11, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Ricardo Brown, 21, who has a Mount Vernon address and was born in Jamaica, is accused of kicking a detainee in the head several times.

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