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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.


Failure to dim headlights results in DWI charge

PEMBROKE -- A Pembroke man was charged with driving while intoxicated and other charges when stopped by Genesee County sheriff's deputies on Route 77 just before 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Paul Uzarowski 41, of Genesee Street, reportedly was consuming an alcoholic beverage while driving. In addition to two DWI counts, he was charged with possession and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and failing to dim his headlights. He was issued tickets to appear in Town Court May 8.


Effort to bury stolen truck brings arrest of father, son

ALBION -- A Town of Murray man and his son were taken into custody Wednesday by the Orleans County Sheriff's Office and face possible criminal charges for trying to bury a stolen truck found half covered in a sand pit.

Sheriff's officials said they used a helicopter to find the 26-foot truck, stolen last year from a Wayne County business, after they spotted a man using a bulldozer to bury the vehicle. The two men being questioned about the theft operate a construction business in Murray, deputies said.


Man accused of sex abuse of girl over 10-year period

REDHOUSE -- A Killbuck man was arrested earlier this week on charges that he sexually abused a girl several times between the time she was 4 until she was 14, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office said.

Kenneth P. Crawford, 44, was charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal contempt.

The alleged incidents took place between 1994 and 2004 in the Town of Redhouse.

Crawford was arraigned in the Salamanca Town Court and released on his own recognizance.


Father, son, both drunk, face charges after fight

LOCKPORT -- City police arrested a father and son Monday night after an argument between them turned physical. Both were extremely intoxicated, police said.

Chad McKerrow, 29, of Nichols Street, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, second-degree harassment, resisting arrest, and criminal possession of a controlled substance after a prescription narcotic tablet was allegedly found in his pocket.

Robert G. McKerrow, 54, of East Avenue, demanded to be arrested and was charged with obstructing governmental administration after police said he climbed into a patrol car. Police said they found the younger man passed out when they arrived at about 7 p.m. Monday at his father's home, but then he woke up and lunged at his father and struggled with officers. Police said he had to be Tasered to be handcuffed and then was transferred from the jail to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport for treatment due to extreme intoxication.

Both McKerrows were arraigned in City Court on Wednesday. Robert McKerrow was held on $100 bail and Chad McKerrow was returned to the hospital, police said.


Driver who nearly hit school bus faces charges

ROYALTON -- A driver who nearly hit a school bus Tuesday morning faces a number of charges, including driving while impaired by drugs, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

Colleen L. Smith, 49, of East High Street, Lockport, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, driving on the shoulder, driving while impaired by drugs with a previous conviction in August 2005, felony driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right.

Deputies said Smith's SUV crossed into oncoming traffic on Chestnut Ridge Road just after 8:30 a.m. and just missed the bus. Deputies said that when they stopped her on Gasport Road, just north of Bunker Hill Road, she did not pull over, but stopped instead in the middle of the road.

Officers said she admitted she had taken Vicodin. She handed over a bottle of 18 mixed pills, which were in an Aleve bottle, deputies said.


Dunkirk man arraigned on charges in stabbing

DUNKIRK -- A Dunkirk man was arraigned Wednesday on charges from a stabbing last month at West Second Street and Woodrow Avenue.

Police said they had been looking for Mario Castro Jr., of East Second Street, since the stabbing occurred shortly before 8 p.m. March 25.

Castro was arrested late Tuesday at his apartment and charged with felony second-degree assault and violation of parole. He is accused of stabbing another man, who police did not identify, in the lower body.

Police said Castro, who was on parole at the time of his arrest, knew the man he stabbed.