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Trucker hurt as rig tips on Thruway ramp

BATAVIA -- A Canadian trucker was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of what state police described as non-life-threatening injuries after his rig rolled over at about 4 p.m. Monday.

Troopers, who did not release the trucker's name, said he suffered head and facial injuries when his vehicle rolled over as it was going around the ramp to get on the westbound Thruway.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


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.


Jamestown woman charged with DWI north of Utica

POLAND -- A 27-year-old Jamestown woman was arrested by State Trooper Aaron Kawado Saturday afternoon for allegedly driving drunk.

Amy DiDominico was pulled over for a traffic violation on Wheelock Road and failed several field sobriety tests before she registered blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent, twice the state's legal limit, Kawado reported.

DiDominico was charged with driving while intoxicated, turned over to a sober friend and ordered to appear in Town Court in several weeks. Poland is north of Utica.


Two face drug charges after police stop car

FREWSBURG -- A Jamestown man and a Kennedy woman were both charged with drug-related offenses after state troopers stopped their car for a traffic violation late Saturday.

Harlee Wiltsie, 18, of Kennedy, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance after Troopers Jamie Leary and Joseph Krywalski pulled her car over on Falconer-Frewsburg Road and smelled marijuana in the car, according to state police.

Wiltsie was charged with having 10 Adderall pills, a controlled substance used for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and for which she did not have a prescription, troopers said.

Andrew Cowan, also 18, of Jamestown, was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Both were issued appearance tickets.


Driver hits utility poles, tree along Scajaquada, flees

Buffalo police Monday night were searching 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."

"Having the vehicle in police custody certainly aids investigators, and the investigation continues but at this time an arrest has not been made," DeGeorge said.

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


Allegany man sentenced to jail in Olean attack

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Allegany man has pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court to a charge he assaulted a person last summer. He was sentenced to serve six months in the county jail.

Justin L. Safford, 31, pleaded guilty Feb. 14 to third-degree assault in connection with the Aug. 14 attack in the City of Olean. The victim was injured.


Driver accused 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.