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Pavilion man, 57, killed when Jeep hits pole, rolls

PAVILION -- A Pavilion man died when his Jeep Grand Cherokee left Linwood Road, hit a utility pole and rolled over about 6:20 p.m. Saturday.

Genesee County sheriff's deputies said Lavern L. Williams, 57, was extricated by emergency responders and taken by ambulance to United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, where he was pronounced dead.

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Troopers in Boston make three DWI arrests

State police in Boston say they arrested three motorists Saturday for driving while intoxicated. They are:

Paula A. Wier, 53, of West Palm Beach, Fla., who was stopped for erratic operation on Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park. She was charged with felony DWI.

Aaron M. Szrama, 26, of Cheektowaga, who was charged with improper left turn and open container of alcohol after he was stopped for failure to keep right on Transit Road in Cheektowaga.

Robert J. Lugen, 46, of Concord, who was charged after he stopped for failure to keep right on North Buffalo Street in Orchard Park.

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Motorcyclist injured in crash charge with DWI

A motorcyclist was charged with driving while intoxicated early Sunday evening after he crashed on Genesee Road in the Town of Sardinia, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reports.

John G. Rockwood, 45, of Boston, apparently lost control while attempting to stop for a car in the road, investigators said. Rockwood was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center with head injuries.

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Locked out of apartment, man pulls fire alarm

A Buffalo man is accused of falsely reporting a fire after he allegedly admitted to Buffalo police that he pulled the fire alarm at his apartment building so firefighters would let him into his apartment.

Anthony Silas, 47, of 505 Elmwood Ave., was charged with first-degree falsely reporting an incident, a Class D felony, and second-degree reckless endangerment, a misdeameanor.

Police said Silas pulled the alarm at 4:56 a.m. and again at 6:52 a.m. Sunday because he broke his key in the lock and maintenance did not answer the door.

He later admitted to officers that he knew there wasn't a fire, according to a police report.

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Troopers on the Thruway make seven DWI arrests

State police on the Thruway report they arrested seven people for driving while intoxicated early Friday and Saturday. They include:

Alex M. Piepszny, 25, of Shenandoah Street, stopped at 12:55 a.m. Friday on the Thruway in Cheektowaga for an unsafe lane change.

Jamie L. Lutomski, 26, of Lancer Court, Depew, stopped at 1:30 a.m. Friday on the Thruway in Cheektowaga for an unsafe lane change.

Robert D. Sullivan, 23, of Wellesley, Mass., arrested at 4:42 a.m. Friday on the Thruway in Cheektowaga after he allegedly rear-ended another vehicle.

Jenna C. Bray, 19, of Darien Road, Holland, stopped at 12:18 a.m. Saturday on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo for an unsafe lane change.

Jacqueline N. Weber, 29, of Portland Street, arrested at 2:15 a.m. Saturday on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo after driving on the shoulder.

Elizabeth A. Campbell, 23, of Miller Road, Niagara Falls, stopped at 4:20 a.m. Saturday on the Niagara Thruway in Buffalo for an unsafe lane change.

Kristen M. Wisniewski, 28, of Sandra Drive, Cheektowaga, arrested at 5:40 a.m. Saturday on the Thruway in Cheektowaga after she was stopped for speeding.

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Driver who hit street sign arrested after driving to bar

FORESTVILLE -- An alleged drunken driver struck a street sign, then continued to drive his damaged vehicle to a bar in Forestville, where he was later arrested, authorities said.

Justin A. Matthies, 25, of Forestville, drove off the road into the sign on Dennison Road, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Witnesses relayed a description of the vehicle and its damage to deputies, who later saw a vehicle matching the description pulling into the Tavern on the Mall.

A deputy followed Matthies and his passenger, Derek B. Smith, 25, of Forestville, into the bar and asked them to step outside to be interviewed.

While arresting Matthies, a struggle ensued and the deputy suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Smith, who allegedly aided Matthies in the struggle, also was arrested.

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5-pound bag of sugar used as weapon against bicyclist

An unidentified man was assaulted with a 5-pound bag of sugar while riding his bike home early Sunday.

The victim, who was riding south at about 1 a.m. on West Avenue toward Carolina Street, told police he was approached by two unknown black males in a white Cadillac.

Buffalo police said the men then got out of the car and began assaulting the victim with the bag of Price Rite sugar by throwing it at his back. The victim suffered minor injuries.

The suspects' vehicle had a New York license plate, FGM 5604, police said.

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