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Dunkirk woman accused in undercover drug buy

DUNKIRK -- A Dunkirk woman faces felony drug charges for selling crack cocaine to undercover agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force on several occasions in Dunkirk, authorities said.

Brenda Carter-Doucette, 49, of Leopard Street, was arraigned on charges of criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance and taken to Chautauqua County Jail pending future court action.

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Driver, 73, dies in crash into Alden utility pole

A 73-year-old man was killed Friday afternoon when his vehicle went off the road in the Town of Alden, struck a culvert pipe and then went airborne before hitting a utility pole broadside, state police said.

Florian A. Wasikowski, of Alden, died Friday night in Erie County Medical Center, following the crash that occurred shortly after 3:30 p.m. on County Line Road. Authorities said Wasikowski was pinned in the wreckage.

Volunteer firefighters freed him from the wreckage, before he was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

State police are awaiting autopsy results to determine if Wasikowski may have suffered from a medical problem that caused the crash.

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Buffalo man accused of crack cocaine sale

DUNKIRK -- A Buffalo man faces felony drug charges in Chautauqua County after he was arrested in Dunkirk Thursday by members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Darryl C. Watkins Jr., 24, of LaSalle Avenue, was charged with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance after allegedly selling quantities of crack cocaine to task force agents "on multiple occasions" in Dunkirk, authorities said.

Watkins was arraigned and committed to Chautauqua County Jail pending a future court appearance.

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Police banking on photo to halt credit card thief

A credit card thief who enters office buildings under the guise of enrolling his son in a school or class, then steals wallets and purses, is operating in the city and suburbs, Buffalo police said.

Officials have released surveillance photos of a "person of interest" in connection with credit card thefts in Buffalo and some of its suburbs.

The thief uses the credit cards to make purchases in several locales, including Buffalo, Orchard Park and West Seneca, authorities said.

Police said the stolen cards have been used to make purchases at Home Depot, Target, Best Buy, Walmart and Kmart outlets.

The photo shows the man on video surveillance in a South Buffalo building on Oct. 5.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the Buffalo Police Department's confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit information via the department's website.

People with information who live outside the city may call their local police agency.

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Festering feud ignites attack; suspect arrested

An Eaton Street woman was jailed on assault and other charges for attacking a Winslow Avenue woman as the result of a long-standing dispute, Buffalo police said Friday.

Tomara Manuel, 34, was arrested by Officer Corey Baskerville in the 200 block of Winslow about 8 a.m. Thursday on the complaint of the victim, said police, who noted Manuel chased her down as she was walking to catch a bus and had threatened her before.

Manuel is charged with second-degree assault, harassment, disorderly conduct and petty larceny -- the latter charge for taking her victim's cell phone, police said.

Manuel punched, kicked and bit the victim, police said.

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Facebook threats tied to South Buffalo attack

A strong-armed robbery in Cazenovia Park Friday night, when a young man was punched and kicked, may be connected to recent Facebook threats, South District police said Saturday.

The victim was robbed of $5 and his eyeglasses shortly before 9:30 p.m. Several in a group of about 20 young men attacked the man.

The victim, struck in the face, suffered bruising, swelling and bleeding, police said.

Detectives said the robbers -- some of whom may attend South Park High School -- may have made Facebook threats prior to the assault.