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Worker dies in accident Friday at Dresser-Rand

WELLSVILLE -- A man died Friday afternoon in an industrial accident at the Dresser-Rand plant in Wellsville, Allegany County sheriff's officials said.

The identity of the man will be released early this week, officials said.

The accident occurred about 2 p.m., and the man was pronounced dead in Jones Memorial Hospital. The cause of the accident was under investigation, a sheriff's sergeant said, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct a joint investigation Monday.

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Crash into dock results in serious head injury

STOW -- A Lancaster man suffered a serious head injury Friday when his friend crashed a personal watercraft into the dock he was standing on at Lakeside Campground in Hadley Bay, Chautauqua County Sheriff's officials said.

The sheriff's marine patrol was alerted to the incident at about 7 p.m.

Investigators said Craig Dulak, 43, of West Seneca was test-driving a personal watercraft, owned by Donald Hayes, 47, of Lancaster. Dulak was apparently going too fast and could not turn or stop the watercraft and ended up crashing into the dock where Hayes was standing. The dock collapsed and Hayes fell, striking his head on the front cleat of a moored pontoon boat, investigators said.

Hayes was transported to WCA Hospital by Ashville Rescue.

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Assault charge lodged in attack on girl, 17

GRIMSBY, Ont. -- A Stoney Creek, Ont., man has been charged with assault with a weapon and mischief for the recent attack on a girl at her home on Main Street West, Niagara Regional Police said Saturday.

Police said Amanpreet Shergill, 18, was part of a group of young men in on the attack, and further arrests are expected. The victim was described only as a 17-year-old girl.

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Speeding arrest leads to felony DWI charge

A Perrysburg man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he was pulled over for speeding on Route 438 near Brant Farnham Road in Brant just after 8 p.m. Friday, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Charles T. Jimerson, 43, was charged with felony DWI because of a DWI conviction from 2006, deputies said. He also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed driving.

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Man shot in stomach is listed in fair condition

A man who was shot twice in the stomach Friday night was listed in fair condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, Northeast District police said.

About 9:30 p.m., Darnell Mobley, 24, was accosted on Collins Walk by a man with a black revolver who demanded Mobley's money and cellphone, police said. As Mobley ran away, police said, the man shot him twice in the stomach ,and he collapsed in the 300 block of Edison Avenue. He was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance to ECMC.

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Overnight stops yield two felony DWI suspects

Two men were charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated overnight Friday by state police based in the Collins barracks, officials said.

In Collins, a trooper pulled over a vehicle on Route 438 because of a loud exhaust, police said. The operator, Jesse A. Mekowski, 30, of North Collins, had hydrocodone pills and was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and felony DWI because of a previous DWI conviction. He posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.14 percent, police said.

Also, troopers patrolling Bush Road on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation spotted a smashed-up car off the roadway. The operator, Jay D. Stafford, 21, of Irving, was transported via ambulance to Lake Shore Hospital, Irving, for treatment of for non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said that shortly before the car was discovered, Stafford drove by other troopers at a high rate of speed, almost hitting one. He was charged with accident-related offenses, as well as felony DWI and move-over law violations.

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Loss placed at $2,000 in theft at food pantry

A South Buffalo church had more than $2,000 worth of goods stolen from its food pantry, police said Saturday.

Some broke into the storage shed next to St. Simon Episcopal Church, 200 Cazenovia St., according to police reports. Thieves took two cases of school supplies, 10 boxes of gummies, four boxes of health and beauty aids, four boxes of Christmas gifts and 10 cases of water.