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County employee accused of abusing two clients

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Williamsville man who works for Niagara County Social Services Adult Protection was charged Thursday with forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse for victimizing two of his female clients.

David B. Hatch, 61, of Meadowview Lane, who works as a representative payee for Social Security clients, is accused of touching one female against her will at least three times between April and June. A second victim claims that Hatch pushed her against a wall and attempted to touch her breasts in December.

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Pickup driver charged after boy, 5, is struck

A Hamburg man has been charged with driving while impaired by drugs in connection with a Wednesday night accident that hospitalized a young boy.

The 5-year-old boy was struck by a pickup at 9 p.m. on Duerstein Avenue near Seneca Street after he ran out into the street, police said. Police identified the driver as Joshua Venti, 19. The boy was being treated in Women & Children's Hospital for hip and other injuries, police said.

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Cheektowaga man linked to Kensington shooting

A Cheektowaga man faces attempted murder and other charges in the shooting of a man last week at Kensington Avenue and Orleans Street, Buffalo police report.

Tariq Brown, 18, of Darwin Drive, is accused of firing five shots from a handgun into the windshield of a 2010 Dodge Avenger, striking Anthony Skinner, no age or address listed, twice in the left chest area. The shooting occurred at about 8:45 p.m. last Friday.

Skinner was hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center with gunshot wounds. His condition was not known late Thursday.

Brown also was charged with criminal use of a firearm, reckless endangerment and conspiracy.

Three others are still being sought in the shooting, police said.

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Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

An off-duty federal officer was recovering in Erie County Medical Center late Thursday after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car at Main Street and Mercer Avenue, Buffalo police said.

The crash occurred just after 7:30 p.m. Thursday, when the car, while attempting to turn onto Mercer, turned in front of the motorcycle, police said. The 53-year-old motorcycle operator, whose name was not released, was listed in stable condition at ECMC, where he was being treated for multiple injuries.

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Two teens charged as Kaisertown taggers

Two Buffalo teens face five counts each of felony criminal mischief and making graffiti, a misdemeanor, after they allegedly tagged Kaisertown buildings with graffiti late Wednesday, Buffalo police reported.

Eric Strozier, 17, of Scoville Avenue, and David Moore, 18, of Weaver Street, were scrawling spray painted messages in the Clinton and South Ogden streets area between 11:20 p.m. Wednesday and just after midnight Thursday.

They were nabbed by South District Officers Autumn Harrison, Nicole Grody and Regina Weeks and arrested.

The buildings targeted included HSBC Bank at 1989 Clinton St., CVS at 360 Dingens St., as well as St. Bernard's Church on Clinton Street and another building at North Services and Weaver streets, according to police reports.

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Aggravated DWI charge lodged in speeding arrest

A man who sheriff's deputies say reached speeds of 112 mph while driving drunk was arrested Thursday morning in Alden.

Jeffrey L. Ford, 26, of Buffalo, registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent after being stopped at about 3:20 a.m. on Genesee Street and was charged with aggravated DWI, reckless driving, speeding and other violations, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

In a separate incident Wednesday night, a deputy arrested Patricia D. Schichtel, 69, of Williamsville. She was stopped on Woodpointe Run Street in Clarence and registered a blood alcohol level of 0.16 percent, according to sheriff's officials.

Schichtel was charged with DWI and traffic infractions.

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Teen accused of skimming receipts of restaurant

A 16-year-old former employee of the McDonald's restaurant on Niagara Street in Riverside was charged with grand larceny for skimming receipts from the register dating back to late June, Buffalo police said.

Jaquah Combs, of Fisher Street, who was arrested Tuesday, is accused of taking at least $2,500 while working the rear register of the 2156 Niagara St. restaurant between June 29 and Aug. 2.

Police said Combs was caught on video taking money from the register and putting it in his pockets.

An audit of the register and monthly reports determined there was money missing, reports stated.