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Arrest made on warrants in Sinclairville incident

SINCLAIRVILLE -- A Sinclairville man is in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail after his arrest early Sunday on warrants stemming from an incident Saturday, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report.

Jacob M. Raynor, 28, of Reed Street, was taken into custody at his home without incident at about 1:30 a.m. He was arraigned on charges of first-degree and second-degree criminal contempt and fourth-degree criminal mischief in Charlotte Town Court. Details of the incident were not reported.

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Wales driver, 22, hurt in ATV track accident

ALEXANDER -- An Erie County man suffered a leg injury at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday in an all-terrain vehicle accident at an ATV race track at 9803 Halstead Road, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reports.

Deputies said Michael A. Royce, 22, of Four Road Road, Town of Wales, rode his machine over a jumping ramp and was thrown from it when it landed, injuring his right knee.

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Impaired driving charged after parking lot crash

IRVING -- A Silver Creek man was arrested for driving while his ability was impaired by drugs after a property damage accident, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report.

Richard Gunther, 41, of Prospect Street, was issued a ticket to appear in Hanover Town Court. Deputies said he struck a parked vehicle in the parking lot of the True Value hardware store on Routes 5 and 20 at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Their report did not indicate which drug Gunther was alleged to have taken.

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Woman accused of biting and threat with knife

ATTICA -- An Attica woman faces charges after she allegedly threatened someone with a kitchen knife, then bit the person on the arm, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reported Sunday.

Virginia L. Miller, 46, of Colony Run, was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree menacing after the incident in her home at about 7 p.m. Wednesday, deputies said. She is free without bail pending an appearance in Alexander Town Court.

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Motorcyclist is charged after death of passenger

LEWISTON -- A City of Tonawanda motorcycle operator was charged with vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated in a crash with a pickup truck that killed his passenger at about 6 p.m. Saturday, Lewiston town police reported Sunday.

Lewiston police charged Douglas A. Bruce, 43, with DWI, vehicular manslaughter and aggravated unlicensed operation, along with other charges.

Pauline A. VanThiel, 51, of the City of Tonawanda, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where she died in the emergency room at about 7:15 p.m., authorities said.

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

Both VanThiel and Bruce were ejected. He suffered minor injuries, described as abrasions, and refused treatment, police said. The pickup truck driver was not injured, and no charges were filed against him.

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Two elderly women in crash are seriously injured

Two elderly women suffered serious injuries at about 2:50 p.m. Sunday when their car missed a curve, hit several small trees and came to rest upside down in the middle of Partridge Road in the Town of Holland, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reports.

The women, whose names were withheld pending notification of family members, were taken to Erie County Medical Center, where both were reported in serious condition. Deputies said the accident occurred about a quarter mile east of Philips Road.

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Shots fired after man is stabbed in abdomen

A man was stabbed in the abdomen, and numerous shots were fired during a violent disturbance in a gas-station parking lot at Delaware and West Delavan avenues early Sunday morning.

Rashawn Walker, of Burgard Place, was listed in stable condition late Sunday in Erie County Medical Center.

Walker told Northwest District police that he got into an argument in the Sunoco station parking lot shortly before 3 a.m. with an unknown person who stabbed him in the lower left abdomen and left hand.

The victim got into a taxi to go to ECMC when the shots were fired in the area, according to police reports.

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Three armed men stage robbery at clothing store

Three men armed with handguns and wearing masks or scarves over their faces took some cash and clothing from an East Side clothing store shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday.

The thieves, also wearing hooded sweat shirts, forced the owner and two employees onto the floor at gunpoint in the store in the 800 block of Jefferson Avenue, north of Genesee Street.

The robbers fled with the cash, a jacket, six pairs of jeans and three pairs of sneakers, Central District police reported.

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