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Arrest made after woman is struck in the head

A 20-year-old Buffalo woman was treated for a head injury early Monday in Millard Fillmore Hospital after being struck with the butt of a shotgun wielded by a man who police say was ordered to stay away from her.

Northwest District officers responded to a 2 a.m. call of a man with a shotgun on Cheltenham Drive, off Delaware Avenue, a few blocks north of Hertel Avenue.

Police recovered a 12-gauge shotgun and learned the woman who was assaulted, a resident of the Genesee-Fillmore area, had an order of protection against the attacker.

Police said they charged Travis L. Holmes, 21, of the Cheltenham Drive address, with second-degree assault, menacing, criminal contempt and weapons possession.

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Abducted woman flees by kicking attackers

Buffalo police are investigating an Allentown kidnapping over the weekend that ended when the victim kicked her two tall attackers before crawling out of a vehicle's window.

The victim was walking to her car on Delaware Avenue, between Allen and North streets, at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday when she was grabbed by two assailants, both over 6 feet tall, according to police reports.

As the two men held her, a gray 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee Sport pulled up next to the group, and the attackers pulled her into the vehicle.

The woman told police she kicked one man in the groin and the other in the face, before escaping the vehicle.

Police are tracking the suspects through descriptions of the vehicle and its license plate number.

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Six hikers stranded in Zoar Valley rescued

Six stranded hikers were led to safety around midnight Sunday after becoming lost in Zoar Valley after dark, authorities said.

The group called 911 via cell phone at about 10:10 p.m. and was rescued about two hours later, after members of the Gowanda Fire Department reached the stranded crew in the Deerlick Nature Preserve area of the park, officials reported.

One female in the group suffered a foot laceration, but no other injuries were reported.

Authorities Monday repeated their warnings about the risks of hiking in Zoar Valley, especially at night. It's a wildlife, wilderness area lacking in marked trails and close to huge 150- and 200-foot cliffs.

"It's a dangerous place to be after dark," Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Capt. Robert Buchhardt said. "You can get killed down there in a heartbeat. It's also against the law to be down there after dark."

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Buffalo driver charged with murder in Detroit

A Buffalo man accused of striking a Detroit police officer with his vehicle has now been charged with murder in Michigan.

Detroit police said Saddam Hussein Mohsin, 30, struck Officer Charles Armour June 5 in the city's Greektown district. Armour died from his injuries six days later, according to a statement issued by Wayne County (Mich.) Prosecutor Kym L. Worthy.

Armour was on foot patrol in the area when, police say, he saw Mohsin driving the wrong way and obstructing traffic. Armour then made an attempt to order Mohsin to move and was then struck by Mohsin's vehicle.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Mohsin faces charges of murder of a peace correction officer, reckless driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death.

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Aggravated DWI brings fine and probation

Dorain G. Bohn on Monday was fined $1,520 and placed on probation for five years by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka on his guilty plea to aggravated drunken driving with a child, the so-called Leandra's Law crime, for driving drunk with his 2-year-old son last December.

Bohn, 22, of Weiss Street, told the judge he made a "horrible mistake" that led to his arrest on Dick Road in Depew at about 5:30 p.m. last Dec. 14, and he vowed never to drive drunk again.

The judge also barred him from driving for the next year and said when he does drive he will have to have an interlock device installed on his car to bar drunken driving.

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Sheriff's deputies arrest two on DWI charges

Erie County sheriff's deputies arrested two people accused of driving drunk with alcohol levels at least twice the legal limit in two separate incidents Sunday night and early Monday.

While on patrol on Grand Island at about 9:55 p.m. Sunday, Deputies Jason Clark and Gene Nati stopped a vehicle for erratic driving and charged Richard L. Jones, 21, of Grand Island, with driving while intoxicated, according to police reports.

Jones recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.22 percent, sheriff's officials said.

Shortly after 2 a.m. Monday on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Deputy George Avery, while responding to a fight call at Seneca One Stop, arrested Arrow L. Halftown, 21, of Angola. She was charged with DWI and operating a vehicle with open alcoholic beverages.

Deputies said her blood-alcohol content was 0.16 percent.

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