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Driver cited as collision in Amherst injures woman

A collision Monday morning in Amherst sent one motorist to the hospital, town police reported.

The crash happened at 9:46 a.m. at Amsterdam Avenue and Alberta Drive. Police said a sport utility vehicle driven by Elaine Ventura, 55, of Kenmore, was hit by a van driven by Philip Stutzman, 52, of North Tonawanda.

Ventura's SUV overturned, and she was freed from the wreckage by volunteer firefighters from Eggertsville Hose Company, police said.

Police said the use of a seat belt prevented Ventura from suffering more serious injuries. She was treated in the emergency room at Erie County Medical Center and later released.

Stutzman, who wasn't injured, was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign, police said.

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Man accused of trying to force his way into home

A Richlawn Avenue man was arrested early Sunday after a Leroy Avenue woman called 911 when he tried to force his way into her home, Buffalo police said Monday.

Keith A. Johnson, 52, was apprehended by Officers Joseph Mullen and Jennifer Whitaker in the first block of Brewster Street, a short time after the Leroy Avenue woman called for help at about 1:15 a.m.

When taken into custody, police said, the officers found burglar's tools in Johnson's coat pockets and a glass crack pipe containing crack cocaine residue.

Johnson was charged with attempted burglary, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of burglar's tools.

The Leroy Avenue woman called for help after she heard Johnson trying to unscrew her side storm door, according to a police report.

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Driver hits utility poles, tree along Scajaquada, flees

Buffalo police Monday night continued to search for a driver who fled from an accident scene before dawn after his vehicle struck two utility poles and at least one tree along the Scajaquada Expressway.

The incident occurred at about 4 a.m. at the Parkside Avenue intersection, when, Northwest District police officers said, the 2005 Jeep struck the poles, before going off the road and hitting the tree.

One of the poles fell onto the westbound Scajaquada, where two other vehicles ran over it, damaging them, police said. No injuries were reported.

The Jeep driver fled on foot, leaving his vehicle at the scene.

Police are continuing to investigate as they attempt to track down the driver. Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Monday night that the initial damage estimate at the scene was "at least $5,000."

The accident closed part of the westbound Scajaquada for a couple of hours, but it was reopened before the Monday morning rush hour.

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Arrest made in theft from man and woman

A 23-year-old Amherst Street man found himself in trouble with the law Sunday for the alleged theft of 61 cents in change and a wallet containing only identification and personal papers.

A man and a woman told officers that a robber confronted them with a hand-held air pistol shortly after midnight and then fled on foot.

Police said they caught up with Damone B. Williams on a nearby bicycle path, recovered the air pistol and the stolen property, and charged him with robbery and possession of stolen property.

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Man accused of assaulting employee at restaurant

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 37-year-old city man was arrested by Niagara Regional Police after a female employee of Somebuddys Restaurant on Thorold Stone Road was allegedly assaulted at about 2 a.m. Sunday.

Anthony Vacca was charged with two counts of assault and one count of threatening. He was conditionally released from custody after officers confirmed the alleged victim was not injured, police said.

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Felony DWI charged in Town of Boston

A Town of Boston woman was arrested Sunday on a charge of felony driving while intoxicated after state police stopped her vehicle on John's Terrace in Boston because it had not been inspected.

Josselyn A. Scott, 50, had a blood-alcohol count of 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent. troopers said.

The felony charge was based on the fact that she had been convicted of driving while intoxicated within the past 10 years. She was released without bail to appear in Boston Town Court on March 26.

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Three car break-ins reported downtown

At least three car break-ins that occurred along a downtown street were reported to Central District police Sunday.

Windows were broken to enter the vehicles, the victims told Buffalo police. One vehicle had been parked on West Mohawk Street and two others in a lot at West Mohawk and Ellicott streets.

Two laptop computers, a tablet computer, a camera and an iPhone were among the property reported stolen. Police said the phone was recovered from a store on Broadway after having been sold to someone for $45.