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Motorcyclist injured in collision on Thruway

A motorcycle crash on the Thruway at about 6 p.m. Thursday sent a man to Erie County Medical Center with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.

State police said the motorcyclist, whose name has not been released, struck the rear of a vehicle on the Thruway between Exits 53 and 54. The vehicle had been slowing down because of traffic, according to police.

Additional details were not known.

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Two arrested as dog sniffs out pot package

Two men were arrested Tuesday on felony marijuana charges following an investigation by Cheektowaga and NFTA police.

Tom Hicks, 50, of Placerville, Calif., and John Kancar, 42, of Highland Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, were charged with first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

They were arrested after an NFTA dog became suspicious of a package at the Fed Ex terminal of Buffalo Niagara International Airport, and authorities discovered 10 one-pound bags of high-grade marijuana, police said.

Hicks, the intended recipient, and Kancar were arrested at an unidentified hotel were Hicks was staying, police said. Detectives also recovered more than $30,000 in cash, police said.

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2 arrested in heroin raids in Brockport, Rochester

Two men were arrested Thursday following a monthlong investigation of a heroin ring in Orleans County and Rochester.

Michael G. Lasch Jr., 39, of Brockport, was charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and two counts of fourth-degree conspiracy. He was arraigned in the Town of Albion Court and is in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Raymond Inostroza, 39, of Rochester, is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of drug paraphernalia and was arraigned in the City of Rochester and sent to Monroe County Jail.

Police said they seized heroin with a street value of $9,000, $55,000 in cash, three loaded weapons, scales, packaging and other drug paraphernalia in separate raids at the homes of the suspects.

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Longnecker house fire sends man, 92, to ECMC

A 92-year-old man was treated for smoke inhalation Wednesday night following a fire that started in the kitchen of his home on Longnecker Street, Buffalo fire officials said.

The fire, which was contained to the first-floor kitchen, was reported just after 10 p.m. The man was treated in Erie County Medical Center. The blaze, which caused about $400 damage, was under investigation.

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Search aided by chopper succeeds in finding woman

A woman who ran away while her boyfriend was trying to drive her to the hospital Wednesday night was located in a Hamburg mobile home by law enforcement authorities.

The incident began at about 8:40 p.m. when the woman jumped out of her boyfriend's car on Big Tree Road as he was trying to take her to Lake Shore Hospital, police said.

Hamburg officials called in the Erie County sheriff's helicopter to help in the search. The woman was found about two hours later at a mobile home park on Eaglecrest Drive and was taken to Erie County Medical Center.

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Large-scale 'chop shop yields high-end auto parts

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- More than $5 million in cars and parts were discovered in what appears to have been a large-scale "chop shop" operation, Niagara Regional Police said.

A joint investigation of several agencies led to the arrest Tuesday of Gueorgi Tsigirlash, 42, of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Searches were conducted at three properties associated with Auto Enterprises Inc., an auto-wrecking business. Porsche, Mercedes and BMW vehicles and parts were seized, police said.

Tsigirlash was charged with four counts, including possession of property obtained by crime and fraud over $5,000.

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Woman suffers burns in Fort Erie factory

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A female employee of DMI Industries on Winger Road was burned in an accident Wednesday night.

The employee, who was not identified, was working on a large metal object when her clothes caught fire, Niagara Regional Police said. She was listed in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

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Island motorist charged with aggravated DWI

A Grand Island man was charged with drunken driving after a hit-and-run crash at about 5:20 p.mn. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Tops on Grand Island Boulevard, Erie County Sheriff's officials said.

George S. Spratford, 55, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

His blood-alcohol level was 0.29 percent, deputies said.

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