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Motorcyclist, 38, killed in collision with car

A motorcyclist was killed late Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash on Buffalo's East Side, police report.

Joseph D. Brown, 38, of Buffalo, was pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Erie County Medical Center.

The accident occurred at Jefferson Avenue and Sycamore Street when a woman driving a car southbound on Jefferson attempted to turn left onto Sycamore in front of Brown's northbound motorcycle, police said. Charges against the driver are pending. Police didn't release her name.

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4 Clarence boys face counterfeiting charges

Four 15-year-old Clarence boys have been arrested on felony charges in connection with the making and passing of counterfeit money, Amherst police said Monday.

"They actually made the money on their computer and passed it around town," said Detective Lt. Joseph A. LaCorte, commander of the Amherst Police Special Victims Unit.

Following a two-month investigation, Detective Ed Solak charged the four boys with felony possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. Their cases will be sent to Erie County Family Court.

Amherst police were alerted to the counterfeiting ring when the phony bills were spotted at stores and lawn fetes in town earlier this summer.

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Lawman seriously injured by inmate is identified

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County sheriff's correctional officer who was seriously injured by an inmate was identified Monday.

Corrections Officer Mark A. Crawley, 45, was injured in a struggle trying to take contraband tobacco from an inmate Friday. Crawley was pushed over a desk, causing him to break his back on a chair. Crawley was diagnosed with a broken vertebra following X-rays Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

Sheriff James Voutour told The Buffalo News on Sunday that the injury would not result in paralysis, but in months of recovery and what he described as injuries that could be "career-ending."

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Man, woman surrender in shooting of dog

PENDLETON -- A Bear Ridge Road man and woman surrendered peaceably to Niagara County sheriff's deputies shortly after 4 p.m. Monday following a report that the man shot a neighbor's dog and threatened to shoot people. Charges are pending.

Several police units were called to the scene after a "hysterical" woman called the Sheriff's Office saying her next-door neighbor shot her dog. She said her neighbor fired 20 to 30 shots and tried to shoot her. The dog was taken by its owners to an emergency animal hospital.

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Golf cart operator charged with DWI

BATAVIA -- A brightly-dressed man was initially mistaken for a clown on a stolen golf cart when authorities caught up with him Sunday night, Genesee County sheriff's officials reported Monday.

James R. Straub, 37, of Stoneham, Mass., was allegedly drunk behind the wheel of the motorized cart. Charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test, he was taken to Genesee County Jail.

Deputies reported that they received a report of a stolen golf cart being driven by a person dressed as a clown at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday after the cart was seen heading west on Clinton Street Road from Terry Hills Golf Course.

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Shopper's wallet stolen; it contained $500

A female shopper at Wegmans on Amherst Street was robbed of her wallet containing $500 Sunday evening, Northwest District police said.

The North Buffalo woman told officers that the wallet, described as a beige clutch purse, was taken while she wasn't looking, at about 6:05.

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Two on bicycles rob man of $150, ring

A 52-year-old man from the Bailey-Walden area was robbed of more than just $150 late Sunday night, Central District police reported.

His commemorative "300" bowler's ring also was stolen in a strong-arm robbery not far from his home, police said.

The victim told officers that two men on bicycles, through threats of violence, robbed him shortly after 11:15 p.m. at Walden and Poplar avenues.

Police are hoping they may be able to identify the two thieves from video surveillance cameras in the area.

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Two rip necklace from man's neck

Two men armed with a chrome-plated handgun ripped a necklace from a man's neck during a robbery Sunday night on East Delavan Avenue near Grider Street.

The victim told Ferry-Fillmore District police that he was sitting outside the back of a gas station shortly after 8:30 p.m., when two men leaving a nearby fast-food restaurant demanded his necklace at gunpoint.

When he refused to hand it over, one robber grabbed him while the other pulled the necklace from his neck. The thieves also tried to take his rings from his pants pocket, but he ran inside the station and called 911.

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