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Man suffers leg injury after ejection from ATV

A 49-year-old Collins man, who lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving, was ejected and landed on a rocky embankment of Cattaraugus Creek in Concord shortly after midnight Sunday.

Scott Smith was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he is being treated for a severe leg injury, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. He was listed in stable condition Sunday night.

Smith was westbound on Zoar Valley Road in Concord, along with his brother, Glen Smith, 47, of Lancaster. Glen Smith, who was driving another ATV, was charged with driving while intoxicated.

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15-year-old driver spins out in uncle's car on overpass

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 15-year-old was taken into custody Sunday morning after spinning his uncle's car out on a rain-slicked overpass, city police said.

The boy was found standing outside the vehicle just before 11 a.m. atop a bridge at 11th Street and North Avenue. Police did not say whether there was any damage to the 1995 BMW he was driving.

The boy told police he was taking the car from his uncle's house on North Avenue to his grandmother's house on Garden Avenue, a distance of only a mile or so. Family members were contacted, and the boy's case was turned over to the police Juvenile Aid Bureau for further investigation.

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Man drives to hospital after being shot in the side

A man was shot in downtown Buffalo early Saturday but was able to drive himself to a hospital and was treated and released, police reported.

The victim, identified by police as a 28-year-old man, said he was shot just after 3:30 a.m. by a man in blue jeans wearing a baseball cap who was armed with a handgun while at Franklin and West Huron streets.

The victim, with a gunshot wound on his side, drove himself to Buffalo General Medical Center and was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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Three arrested in break-ins of vehicles in LaSalle section

NIAGARA FALLS -- What started as an investigation into a blaring car alarm ended with the arrests of three people suspected of breaking into vehicles in the city's LaSalle section, police said Sunday.

Officers were sent to a condominium parking lot in the 8400 block of Buffalo Avenue at about 4 a.m. Sunday after someone reported a car's alarm going off and a door of the vehicle open. While driving to the scene, police spotted three men walking quickly in the 300 block of 87th Street and stopped them for questioning.

One man, who claimed to be homeless and carrying his only belongings in a backpack, was found to be in possession of five cellular telephone chargers, two sets of keys, a box with a Vermont woman's identification, a global positioning system, two pairs of sunglasses and seven compact discs of pop and country music. He was also found to be in possession of 10 baggies of marijuana.

Another man was said to be carrying a radar detector, a wallet, a GPS system and $34.70 in change, mostly pennies.

The three -- Paul J. Hoffman, 23, of 85th Street, and two teenagers -- were charged with counts including petit larceny, unlawful possession of marijuana and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

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Two robberies reported in Northeast District

Two separate gunpoint robberies were reported over the weekend to Northeast District police.

At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, a woman who had just left a friend's home on Newburgh Avenue near Genesee Street was headed to her car parked on Newburgh at Kerns Avenue when a man approached her.

The victim told police the man, who had a silver and black gun, instructed her to go to a driveway and not to look at him. With the gun held to the victim's side, the gunman told the woman to take off her leather jacket and shoes and hand over her purse. The victim said the man grabbed her belongings, then jumped over a backyard fence.

About an hour later, a man told police he was robbed in the 500 block of Moselle Street by a group of men.

He told police that he was standing outside a broken-down car when a black man who was 6-feet-5 and 215 pounds, wearing a red skull cap, a mask, hoodie and black jeans pulled out an AK-47 and told him to "give it up."

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Woman hit in eye with shoe is transported to ECMC

A woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center early Sunday morning after being hit in the eye with a high-heel shoe, police said.

The victim was identified only as Emily Alton.

A witness told police that she was with Alton at about 1:30 a.m. when two other women started a fight with them. One of those women, the witness said, hit Alton in the left eye with the heel of a high-heel shoe.

Alton was taken to Sisters Hospital but had to be transported to ECMC because of the seriousness of her eye injury, police said. Information on where the incident occurred was not immediately available.