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Eden man badly injured in crash at intersection

An Eden man was seriously injured when his car crashed at about 3 a.m. Saturday at routes 62 and 75, Eden police reported.

Michael Zittel, 22, was at the wheel of a car that left the roadway at a high rate of speed, sheering off a utility and coming to a stop against a large tree near a house. Zittel, who was freed from the wreckage by Eden Emergency and Rescue Squad, was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition. He was charged with speed not prudent and not wearing a safety belt.


Man with 18 suspensions arrested in traffic stop

A Buffalo man whose license has been suspended 18 times was arrested again Thursday, after a traffic stop in Holland.

Fred Keys, 48, was stopped Thursday night on Route 16 in Holland for driving with one headlight and illegally tinted windows.

A check of Keys' license showed Keys had 18 suspensions and revocations on his license, sheriff's officials said.

Keys is also accused of possessing crack cocaine. Erie County Sheriff Deputy Ben Pisa charged Keys was with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Two accused of sex at fishing access site

HINSDALE -- A man and a woman were arrested at a state fishing access site by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies after they were observed engaging in sex, officers said.

Robert E. Beatman, 35, of Blakeslee Road, Olean, and Beckey E. Livingston, 41, of Pennsylvania Road were each charged at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday with engaging in obscene or indecent conduct at the fishing site located on Gile Hollow Road.


150-pound pit bull chained in yard stolen

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 150-pound pit bull was stolen from the backyard of a Centre Avenue home Friday morning, police said.

"Buster," a brindle-colored male, was chained to a post in the yard at the time he was stolen, sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., police said.


Tools of trade may lead to break in theft of wheels

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies hope to track down a thief through a lug wrench and jack stands he left behind at the Walmore Road lot of Colavecchia Collision.

The thief made off with 20-inch aluminum wheels valued at $2,000 from a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe during the crime, which occurred overnight Wednesday, deputies said.

Deputies said the tools were traced to a local auto parts store, where the purchase was made via credit card the day before the theft.


Automated phone call noted by victim of scam

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A Dogwood Drive woman believes she was set up for a scam after giving out personal information, including the identification number for a bank account, during a recent automated telephone call, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Two purchases totaling more than $1,970 were made in Germany, said deputies, who added the victim has been reimbursed for the purchases.


Two injured in crash of vehicle in Portland

PORTLAND -- Two people were injured Friday in the crash of a vehicle in the Town of Portland, state police at Fredonia said.

Johnathan Winslow, 22, of Fredonia was driving north on Highland Avenue when he lost control of his car, which overturned, police said. He was transported to Westfield Hospital by ambulance. Winslow was ticketed for failing to keep right and for not having a driver's license.

Virginia Lehman, 42, of Brocton, was initially taken to Westfield Hospital, then flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa.


Police probe sex attack in victim's W. Side home

A West Side woman told police a man entered her home and raped her early Saturday morning.

The woman said the man entered her residence in the city's Forest-Grant neighborhood at about 7 a.m., using a key she left in her mailbox. He forced his way into her bedroom and punched her in the head until she lost consciousness, also threatening to kill her.

The woman was treated in Erie County Medical Center.