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Officer injured in scuffle with man on Chippewa St.

A Buffalo police officer was treated for minor injuries early Sunday after a confrontation on Chippewa Street.

The officer asked Juan C. Leon, 24, of Lorraine Avenue, to move along from a night club shortly after 3 a.m. Leon refused and pushed the officer into a window. The officer then brought Leon to the ground and handcuffed him.

The officer was treated for elbow and knee swelling in Erie County Medical Center. Leon faces five charges, including second-degree assault.

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Two motorcycle accidents occur Sunday in W. Seneca

Two motorcycle accidents occurred within a few hours of each other in West Seneca on Sunday afternoon.

The first was on Transit Road near Route 400. No information was available Sunday evening on how it happened or the status of the victims.

The second occurred shortly after the first at Southwestern Boulevard and Leydecker Road. Two motorcycles collided,and the victims were transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, a West Seneca police dispatcher said Sunday.

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Albion teen killed, two hurt in early morning 1-car crash

ALBION -- An Albion teenager was killed and two other Albion teens were injured in a one-car crash early Sunday on Culvert Road in the Town of Ridgeway, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office reported.

Terry James Moyer Jr., 17, who was ejected from the rear seat of the 2004 Saturn sedan, was later pronounced dead in Medina Memorial Hospital.

Deputies say alcohol and excessive speed appeared to be factors in the crash, and they plan to file charges against the driver, Joseph C. Pearl, 18.

The three were northbound on Culvert Road at about 1 a.m., deputies said, and Pearl apparently lost control as they came out of the north side of a tunnel under the Erie Canal. The car crossed a field and slammed driver's-side first into a tree.

Pearl was taken to Medina Memorial and transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. Randall P. Vanhouten, 18, was taken to the Medina hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.

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Woman parking on Ashland says robber groped her

A Buffalo woman told police she was robbed and groped while parking her car Saturday evening in the 400 block of Ashland Avenue.

A police report said the woman was approached by the robber shortly before 9 p.m. and gave him $100 in cash. As she closed the door to her car, the man also touched her inappropriately. The robber was described as a bald black man.

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Jail officer's injury may be 'career-ending'

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County sheriff's correctional officer who broke a vertebra in a tussle with an inmate Friday was given a bad prognosis Saturday afternoon, Sheriff James Voutour said Sunday.

The officer, whose name won't be released until later today, was injured while trying to retrieve contraband tobacco from the inmate. The inmate pushed the officer over a desk and he broke his back on a chair.

Voutour said doctors "were talking months in terms of length" for treatment when the officer first arrived at Erie County Medical Center, but after an X-ray Saturday, they discovered the injury "could be career-ending."

"He's not paralyzed or anything, mentally he's 100 percent; he's just in a lot of pain," said Voutour, who has been friends with the officer since high school. "At this point they're just not sure how to treat it, hopefully they can figure it out [today]."

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Two men accused of stealing TVs at Grand Island motel

Two men were arrested early Sunday on charges of stealing television sets from a pair of rooms at the Chateau Motel on Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies responded at about 3:30 a.m. to a complaint from the owner of the Grand Island Boulevard hotel that two people had stolen TVs from a pair of rooms and driven off in the same vehicle.

Deputies Bradley Girdler and Jason Clark spotted the vehicle in question a short time later, pulled it over and found the stolen property inside.

They charged Jacques P. Pigeon, 20, of Grand Island, and Robert M. Giovino, 62, of Buffalo, with burglary, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of burglary tools.

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Man accused of violating restraining order in attack

A Buffalo man violated a restraining order Saturday evening, police report, beating a woman and her 13-year-old daughter.

Around 6:30 p.m., police say Maurice V. Long approached a home on Hampshire Street and began arguing with a woman who lived there, who has had a restraining order against him since February 2010.

Long, 27, punched the woman in the face and then beat the girl with his belt, cutting her forehead. He then left and returned with a machete, threatening to kill the woman. He faces seven charges, including two counts of assault and one count of possession of a weapon.

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