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Motorcyclist killed in collision with semi

A Hamburg man was killed Tuesday night when his motorcycle collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 20 near Lakeview Road, Hamburg police reported.

Allan Wittmeyer, 48, of Robert Street, was westbound at about 8 p.m. when he veered into the path of the eastbound truck, witnesses told police.

The operator of the tractor-trailer was not injured. The crash remained under investigation Wednesday.

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Cocaine-related charges bring 5-year sentence

Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny sentenced a Cheektowaga man to five years in prison Wednesday following a guilty plea on cocaine-related charges, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reports.

Jose Estrada, 40, was arrested Jan. 14, 2011, after Buffalo and Cheektowaga police and Drug Enforcement Administration agents executed a search warrant at his home on Leonard Post Drive and found 480 grams of cocaine in the basement ceiling, 2.3 kilograms of cocaine in the garage rafters and another 42 grams of cocaine in his vehicle.

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Arrest made in burglary of house on East Ferry

A Griswold Street man is jailed on charges stemming from a house burglary in the 800 block of East Ferry Street in mid-February.

Gary C. Okon, 42, was arrested by Police Officers Craig Lehner and Tommy Champion just after midnight Tuesday and charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Okon is accused of stealing three heaters, a large vacuum cleaner and attachments, a drill, a battery charger and several kitchen cupboards on the night of Feb. 18, police reported.

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Police arrest man driving stolen car

A Richmond Avenue man was jailed on a stolen-car charge after a police officer stopped him Tuesday evening in the 400 block of High Street.

Adolphus Nelson, 37, was charged by Police Officer Brian Connors with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized used of a vehicle when he was pulled over at about 10:45 p.m. The car had been reported stolen by a Buffalo woman several hours earlier, according to a police report.

After his arrest, officers determined his driving privileges were revoked because of a December 2008 drunken driving conviction and his failure to pay child support.

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Boy, 15, strikes vehicles during stolen-car chase

A teen in a stolen car struck a church van and a police car in a high-speed chase just after noon Wednesday, injuring both of the drivers, Buffalo police report.

The police officer, whose injuries were not serious, and the church van driver were treated in Erie County Medical Center. Their names were not released. Police are considering several charges against the 15-year-old, who was taken into custody. He was not hurt.

Officers stopped the teen after reports of a speeding vehicle in the Main Street-Depew Avenue area, but the driver sped away. Police said he clipped the van near Bennett Village Terrace before coming to a stop when he struck the police car. Police believe the stolen car was used in a recent felony crime, which remains under investigation.

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Arrest made after pickup strikes a utility pole

A Fillmore Avenue man who allegedly fled after his pickup truck damaged a utility pole at Sycamore Street and Ruhland Avenue on Tuesday morning is being held on resisting arrest and other charges, police announced Wednesday.

James Woodley, 36, was captured at Sycamore and Lathrop Street moments later by Police Officer Pamela Gorski and six other officers and had to be forcibly handcuffed as he tried to fight the officers at about 7:45 a.m. He also is charged with criminal mischief for cracking the utility pole in half.

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Fire extinguisher goes off at Lake Shore High School

Emergency vehicles responded to Lake Shore Central High School in the Town of Evans on Wednesday evening after a fire extinguisher discharged in a basement storage room. School officials said the extinguisher was out of service.

After an investigation by firefighters, emergency personnel and Erie County hazmat officials, it was determined there was no environmental impact. School officials said the building was not damaged and there are no residual odors. Classes will be held as usual today. Anyone with information should call Evans Police at 549-3600.

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Items stolen from cars in Town of Tonawanda

About a dozen people in the Town of Tonawanda reported items were stolen from their parked cars overnight Tuesday, police said.

The incidents took place in the area of Irving Terrace and Louvaine Drive.

Investigators believe that most, if not all, of the cases involved cars that were left unlocked.

They were "easy opportunities," said Officer Joe Salvaggio.

He urged all motorists to be sure to lock their cars while they are parked.