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Driver asleep at wheel faces impairment charges

A stop into Tim Hortons wasn't enough to perk up a Derby man early Sunday.

Orchard Park police found John P. Pawlowski, 29, asleep behind the wheel of a car about to exit the parking lot of the coffee shop at 3878 Southwestern Blvd. shortly after 2:30 a.m. Asleep in the back seat was his 7-year-old son.

Police said they awoke Pawlowski and determined that he was under the influence of drugs. In addition to driving while impaired by drugs, Pawlow-

ski was charged with a felony under Leandra's Law and with endangering the welfare of a child. He was arraigned and sent to Erie County Holding Center pending a court appearance Friday.


Driver in fatal collision identified by police

Tonawanda police have identified the driver who died after a crash Friday just off the Colvin Boulevard off-ramp from the Youngmann Highway.

He is Charles Hawkins, 54, of the Town of Tonawanda. Hawkins died early Saturday in Erie County Medical Center.

Police said Hawkins was driving his Corvette east after having just left the Colvin off-ramp when it collided with a southbound sport utility vehicle. The driver of the SUV was treated at a local hospital and released. A third vehicle also was involved.

The impact sent the Corvette back up the off-ramp where it struck a guardrail, Lt. William Krier said. An autopsy will be performed in the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death.


Burglary suspects caught after chase in car, on foot

Orchard Park police say that after a high-speed chase and a pursuit on foot, they caught the two burglars who struck the Tevington Jewelers store on North Buffalo Road near Webster Road just after midnight Sunday.

About three hours after the burglary was discovered, a town resident on Butternut Circle told police that he had seen two men walking through backyards and carrying a bag. Officers arrived just as the two entered their vehicle, and officers chased them at high speeds down Webster Road to Southwestern Boulevard.

The two bailed out of their car at California Road and ran into the woods. Police from several departments then set up a perimeter, and the two were eventually captured, Orchard Park police said. A bag of stolen jewelry was recovered as well.

Charged with burglary, grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property are Leroy Hough, 32, and Paris D. Davidson, both of Buffalo. They were arraigned and placed in the Erie County Holding Center.


Parolee wearing monitor arrested in shoplifting

WHEATFIELD -- A parolee wearing an ankle monitor has been arrested in connection with a Friday night shoplifting incident at the Sears store in The Summit mall, sheriff's deputies said.

Benjamin J. Dugan, 28, of Walmore Road, was charged with petit larceny in connection with the theft of a $50 pair of Sketchers sneakers, according to reports. He told police he had not been at the mall, but at least two Sears employees said Dugan approached them inside the store, asking whether they remembered him.


Parked car smashed, GPS system stolen

Someone smashed their way into a 2001 Oldsmobile parked in the 2000 block of Elmwood Avenue, near the Regal Cinemas, sometime between late Saturday and about 1 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The thief took a built-in GPS system valued at more than $1,000, the victim told Buffalo police.


Police say intoxicated man hit homeowner with bottle

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a 20th Street man was intoxicated and being escorted out of a Memorial Parkway residence Saturday night when he attacked the homeowner, causing severe facial injuries.

Christopher J. Myke, 27, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. and charged with second-degree felony assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

According to reports, the 46-year-old homeowner came home and found some co-workers drinking at his residence. Myke was intoxicated and was asked to leave, at which time he broke a beer bottle over the man's head, then punched him in the face repeatedly, breaking his eyeglasses in the process.


Lottery tickets, cigars, cigarettes taken in burglary

A burglar or burglars broke through the rear door at Hertel News and Tobacco between Saturday night and Sunday morning and stole 860 lottery tickets, three cartons of Newport cigarettes and unknown numbers of cigars and Five-Hour Energy drinks, police reported Sunday.

The loss, at 1416 Hertel Ave., was estimated at nearly $1,800.


South Buffalo apartment targeted by gunfire

A hail of bullets was fired at an apartment in South Buffalo shortly after midnight Sunday.

Buffalo police said they found 13 shell casings from a 9 mm gun outside the apartment at 360F South Park Ave. No one was injured.