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Teen accused of using knife to threaten people at party

A 17-year-old male accused of using a knife to threaten others at a house party in Clarence was charged Sunday with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment.

The Town of Royalton teenager was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail. Erie County sheriff's deputies did not release his name.

Deputies responded to a report of an incident on Tonawanda Creek Road, near Rapids Road, in the Town of Clarence early Sunday morning. No one was injured. Deputies located the defendant later.

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Man charged with DWI after striking ATV

MINA -- A Findley Lake man was charged with driving while intoxicated after crashing into an ATV on Hazen Road near Tanner Road and sending its operator to the hospital shortly before 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jeffrey Horner, 56, struck the parked ATV on the shoulder of the road, according to Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies. The operator, who was not named, was taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., for treatment of injuries characterized as not life-threatening.

Horner also was charged with not maintaining his lane.

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Unoccupied Thorold home heavily damaged in fire

THOROLD, Ont. -- Damage to an unoccupied house on Turner Lane that caught fire early Sunday was estimated at $150,000.

Investigators for Niagara Regional Police and the Thorold Fire Department were attempting to determine what ignited the blaze.

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Fire extinguished in garage that housed propane tanks

A Clarence Center garage containing propane tanks gave firefighters some frightening moments early Sunday.

Damage to the garage and nearby house at 7665 Goodrich Road, owned by David Gawel, was estimated at $45,000. Clarence Center and Clarence firefighters battled the fire shortly before 3:30 a.m. and knocked down the flames in about 15 minutes, according to Amherst Fire Control.

Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Attica man charged with felony DWI

ALEXANDER -- An Attica man faces charges including felony driving while intoxicated after being pulled over on Attica Road shortly after 1 a.m. Sunday.

Rusty E. Vanson, 46, also was charged with driving to the left of pavement markings. He is scheduled to appear in Alexander Town Court at 6 p.m. Nov. 15, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said.

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2 drivers charged with DWI in Springville traffic stops

Erie County sheriff's deputies report that they arrested two motorists for driving while intoxicated in separate incidents Saturday night.

A 17-year-old driver from Orchard Park was stopped on West Main Street in Springville for what Deputy Jason Bouton called "extremely erratic operation." In addition to DWI, he was charged with possession of open alcoholic beverages in his vehicle and multiple traffic infractions. He refused a breath test and was released to his father on appearance tickets.

Dwight D. Hebdon, 24, of West Valley, was charged with DWI and traffic infractions after Deputy Don Hoelscher stopped him for erratic driving on South Central Avenue in Springville. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, Hoelscher said. He was released on appearance tickets.

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Riot at Rapids Theater echoes 4th of July incident

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police faced an unruly, drunken and combative crowd exiting a fraternity Halloween party at the Rapids Theater on Sunday morning in a near carbon-copy of a riot that occurred there this summer.

Officers responded to the Main Street theater on several occasions between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday to deal with reports of fights, disorderly conduct and a robbery. They reported two arrests.

Early Sunday, officers said as many as 1,200 people crowded into the street in front of the theater, blocking traffic, fighting and refusing orders to move on. Many were highly intoxicated, according to reports, and vastly outnumbered both theater security and police.

Town of Niagara police, state police and state parks police were called in to assist and arrested Kaiman Lam, 22, of Queens, on a trespassing charge after he reportedly punched the mirror off a car belonging to a Rapids bartender. Also arrested was Khanha Phakousonh, 28, of Irvine, Calif., who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

A Rapids employee told police that she was robbed of her cellphone around 9:30 p.m. while walking to work. She and her boyfriend were accosted at Main Street and Chilton Avenue by a man who ordered them to empty their pockets, police said. Rapids was the scene of a similar disturbance following a private Fourth of July party. Police were intending to contact the State Liquor Authority in the wake of the latest incident, according to reports.