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Contraband, drug charges lodged against jail inmate

MAYVILLE -- Kyle R. Senear, an inmate at the Chautauqua County Jail, was arrested in his jail cell Friday on charges of promoting prison contraband, unlawful possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said.

Senear, 17, of Chautauqua Avenue, Jamestown, faces further proceedings in Chautauqua Town Court on the new charges. He was sentenced in Jamestown on burglary, menacing, resisting arrest and stolen property charges.


Traffic stop results in drug charges for two

Two women are being held on drug and burglary charges after they were arrested by Erie County sheriff's deputies during a routine traffic stop on the Niagara Thruway near Whitehaven Road on Grand Island just before 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Melissa E. Miller, 22, of Buffalo, faces drug and false personation charges and was picked up on a Buffalo City Court arrest warrant in a burglary case.

The driver, Sara K. McGuire, 29, of Grand Island, is being held on drug and hypodermic instrument possession charges and traffic infractions.


Lewiston man gets 60 days in crash blamed on DWI

A Lewiston man previously convicted of three alcohol-related incidents was sentenced Friday by Cheektowaga Town Justice Paul S. Piotrowski to spend up 60 days in jail after being convicted of driving while intoxicated after crashing into the car of a Cheektowaga firefighter.

William J. Flack, 35, of Meadowbrook Drive, was found guilty as charged. Authorities said he crashed into the car of Doyle Hose Company No. 1 firefighter Richard Nowak after running a stop sign at Colby and Parker streets last July 27.

Nowak was returning to the fire hall after a call. Neither driver was injured in the crash.

Piotrowski, who pointed to Flack's three previous alcohol-related car incidents in Niagara County in recent years, found him guilty of both driving while intoxicated and failure to stop at a stop sign.


Motorcyclist injured in head-on collision

WHEATFIELD -- A Niagara Falls motorcyclist suffered leg injuries Thursday afternoon in a head-on collision with a car on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield, state police reported.

Serge Perrier was northbound on the boulevard when he was struck.

The operator of the car, Alexis Mercer of Buffalo, was transported by ambulance to Kenmore Mercy Hospital after complaining of back pain.

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the accident to call state police at 297-0755 or 434-5588.


Condition unchanged on injured motorcyclist

The 50-year-old West Seneca man injured when in the crash of his motorcycle on Fuhrmann Boulevard near Tifft Street Thursday evening remains in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center

The man, who has not been identified, was traveling north on Fuhrmann when the crash occurred and he was thrown from his motorcycle.


Rash of thefts from cars triggers advice from police

A rash of nighttime thefts has prompted West Seneca police to urge residents to keep their vehicles locked.

Lt. Edward Baker said over the past couple of weeks, cars in neighborhoods, and especially Winchester, have been targeted by a thief or thieves who made off with GPS units, cellphones, iPads, iPods and loose change. Baker said police believe the thief or thieves walk through neighborhoods and test car doors.


Bank break-in caught on surveillance camera

Orchard Park police Friday announced they are searching for a burglar caught on surveillance camera after he broke into the First Niagara Bank branch at 3488 Amelia Drive about 2:30 a.m. April 29.

The man is described as white, 6 feet tall and 180 pounds, possibly with short brown hair and wearing a dark jacket, white shirt, blue jeans and tan work boots.

He broke out a window to get into the bank, police added.

Anyone with information is asked to contact either the Orchard Park Police Department at (716) 662-6444 or the department's Detective Bureau at (716) 662-6475, Ext. 4016.


Killer-for-hire plot lands inmate in trouble

An Orleans Correctional Facility inmate has been indicted on a charge of second-degree conspiracy for agreeing to pay an undercover state police investigator $10,000 to kill the victim of his crime, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Brendon Berndt, 26, was an inmate at the Gowanda Correctional Facility at the time he made the agreement, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said in a release from his office.

Berndt was serving time in Gowanda for his sex-abuse conviction in Westchester County.