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Troopers seeking suspect in theft of cellphone

Troopers in Clarence are searching for a suspect who stole a cellphone from a Radio Shack store in Alden, state police reported.

Police said the theft occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot-10, 220-pound white male with a brown mustache and goatee. The suspect was wearing glasses along with a black hat, a Harley Davidson T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact troopers at 759-6831.

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Jamestown man accused of selling crack cocaine

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown man was being held pending arraignment on felony drug charges following his arrest Wednesday, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force reported.

Kenyon R. Pruitt-Boyette, 23, of Broadhead Avenue, is accused of selling quantities of crack cocaine from his home on Broadhead.

Pruitt-Boyette was arrested just before 7 p.m. Wednesday on an outstanding arrest warrant charging him with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.

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Grand Island man facing second DWI count

A Grand Island man already facing charges in an aggravated driving while intoxicated case in June was arrested again Thursday afternoon and charged with DWI and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

George S. Spratford, 55, was driving with a conditional license that was suspended pending prosecution in the earlier arrest this year, sheriff's officials reported.

Spratford was arrested after sheriff's officials on Grand Island responded to a 911 call about 4 p.m. to the Wilson Farms store on Love Road for the report of a suspected intoxicated person in the parking lot there.

Spratford was released on tickets to appear in Grand Island Town Court at a later date. Additional charges are pending the results of a blood test, police said.

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Eden man injured in tractor rollover

MANSFIELD -- An Eden man suffered injuries when a farm tractor rolled over on top of him Wednesday afternoon, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office said.

Lucas Lenahan injured his ankle, hip and ribs in the incident at about 4 p.m. on Jersey Hollow Road. It was not clear whether he had been riding the tractor or was next to it when it rolled over.

Sheriff's deputies lifted the tractor off Lenahan and pulled him to safety. He was airlifted by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was in stable condition Thursday.

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Woman hospitalized after being stung by scorpion

LOCKPORT -- A 23-year-old Town of Lockport woman was admitted to Eastern Niagara Hospital on Wednesday after being stung by a scorpion hiding in a box.

The woman, an employee of Johnson-Rose Corp. on Crown Drive in the town industrial park, told Niagara County sheriff's deputies she was stung about 2 p.m., as she was removing items from a cardboard box.

She killed the scorpion with another box, but an emergency room doctor said the victim went into anaphylactic shock as a result of the sting, and would probably be hospitalized for a couple of days.

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Signed Gretzky jersey stolen from office

The Great One has been retired for a dozen years already, however, it doesn't mean his swag is any less in demand, even in Buffalo, according to Buffalo police reports.

A Buffalo businessman reported to police that sometime early Tuesday a burglar broke into his office in the 200 block of Main Street and stole a signed Wayne Gretzky jersey.

According to reports, the thief damaged the door handle and lock to get into the office. A surveillance video showed the suspect was a muscular built, 5-foot-10 black male who wore a black baseball hat with a white emblem. He had a medium colored T-shirt with a white graphic on the lower right front and long dark jean shorts with low-top white Nike sneakers trimmed in a dark color around the ankles, reports stated.

Central District police were investigating the theft.

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Thieves take bar's beer but can't budge TV

Beer was taken, coolers were damaged and thieves were unsuccessful in stealing a flat-screen television set from the outside patio of Templeton Landing near the Erie Basin Marina late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to Buffalo police reports.

A representative for the business told police that a surveillance video shows two males entering the bar area of the waterfront restaurant between 2:20 and 3:30 a.m.

Once inside the enclosed patio area, the burglars damaged the coolers and took beer. They cut cords and bolts to the television but couldn't make off with the item.

Central District police were investigating.