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Tractor-trailer crash shuts part of Youngmann

A tractor-trailer rollover accident closed down the eastbound Youngmann Memorial Highway in Amherst for about six hours before it was reopened Tuesday morning.

The truck crashed into a guardrail and flipped over at about midnight near the highway's Main Street exit, police said.

The driver was uninjured, and it has not been determined what caused the accident. The scene was cleared at about 6 a.m.

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Woman gets year in prison for prescription fraud

A Tonawanda woman was sentenced to a year in federal prison after she was convicted of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Tuesday.

Lisa Coleman, 31, presented fraudulent prescriptions at three pharmacies in Niagara Falls, Amherst and Hamburg last August and September, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe.

In each case, McCabe said, Coleman called ahead to the pharmacy and posed as a medical official to authorize the prescriptions. She then later picked up the medication from the various pharmacies.

Coleman was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

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Driver in chase, crash faces multiple charges

A Buffalo man faces several felony charges after he allegedly fled from police Monday night and crashed into another vehicle, injuring another person.

Prince S. Phillips, 27, took off from a traffic stop at about 8 p.m. near Kensington Avenue and Leonard Street and proceeded to run a red light at Kensington and Eggert Road, where he struck the second vehicle, police said. The nature of the victim's injuries was unknown.

Police said Phillips was found in possession of 35 plastic baggies with crack cocaine. He was charged with criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle.

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Suspect accused of failing to register as sex offender

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Gowanda man was arrested on charges of failing to register with the state sex offender registry.

Sean P. Sharp, 33, of Beech Street, was taken into custody on a warrant July 22 by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies. Following arraignment in Persia Town Court, Sharp was taken to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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Kite boarder towed to shore after equipment failure

WAINFLEET, Ont. -- No injuries were reported when a kite boarder was stranded on wind-tossed Lake Erie on Monday afternoon in what was initially believed to be a capsized boat, Niagara Regional Police report.

Authorities were called to Morgan's Point in Wainfleet at about 4 p.m. Police and the Royal Canadian Coast Guard responded and determined it was a kite boarder whose equipment had failed.

Another kite boarder towed the disabled boarder to shore by about 4:30 p.m., police said.

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4 seized in LaSalle Park on crack cocaine charges

Two men and two women were arrested in LaSalle Park after hours Tuesday morning after they were found in possession of crack cocaine, police said.

They were identified as Westlee Garner, 21; Andre White, 19; Jeanice Pearsall, 23; and Selina Williams, 21. Garner, White and Pearsall are from Buffalo, while Williams' address was not listed. They had nine individually wrapped cocaine rocks, according to police.

All four were charged with criminal possession of narcotics with intent to sell and being in a city park after closing time. The incident was reported at 2:35 a.m.

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Break-in attempt causes $600 damage to church

Vandals who apparently tried to break into a Riverside church over the weekend caused about $600 damage, Buffalo police reported Monday.

The interim pastor of Nazareth Lutheran Church, on Wiley Place, told police that between 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Monday, vandals smashed out a 1-by-2-foot basement window and tried to break into the church office.

The vandals also tossed paint all over the siding on the building's east side. Northwest District police are investigating.

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Ex-Buffalonian imprisoned in attempted attack at jail

LITTLE VALLEY -- A former Buffalo man being held in the Allegany County Jail was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to serve up to three years in prison for attempting to assault a jail guard.

Zachary J. Barrett, 22, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein for his guilty plea in the attempted attack on the guard May 25, 2010, in the Cattaraugus County Jail.

Barrett is being held in Allegany County in connection with armed robberies in Angelica and Rushford.

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