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Woman in hit-run collision with motorcycle identified

Jennifer Garno, a 36-year-old West Side resident, has been identified as the pickup truck driver who partially disrobed and fled on foot from the scene of a crash that critically injured a motorcyclist earlier this week.

Garno, authorities said, faces a charge of leaving the scene of an accident and possibly other counts, pending the results of toxicology tests for alcohol and drugs.

Motorcyclist Jeffrey Stanton, 51, of the Town of Tonawanda, on Thursday remained in critical condition in the trauma unit of Erie County Medical Center.

Garno allegedly took off her pink top to reduce her visibility as she left the crash scene at 10 p.m. Tuesday at Delaware Avenue and West Utica Street.

Accident witnesses assisted police officers, who were able to locate Garno and take her into custody.


Graffiti along expressway causes $3,000 damage

An estimated $3,000 in graffiti damage was caused by vandals who painted sections of walls along the Kensington Expressway earlier this week, Buffalo police said.

According to an official at the state Department of Transportation, which maintains the highway, the vandals painted concrete walls between the overpasses for Jefferson Avenue and High Street.

Central District police are investigating.


One arrested, two sought in gas station holdup

One man has been arrested and two others are being sought in connection with a robbery early Thursday at the Sunoco gas station on the 3400 block of Bailey Avenue, Northeast District police said.

Anthony Flood, 22, of the 300 block of Millicent Avenue, was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a weapon, escape and resisting arrest, Officer Joseph J. Szafranski said.

Flood allegedly stole money from the gas station's cash register at about 4 a.m. The two other robbers remain at large.


Motorcycle crashes on Niagara Thruway

State police late Thursday were on the scene of a motorcycle crash on the Niagara Thruway, near Porter Avenue.

Troopers were called to the crash scene shortly after 9 p.m.

The crash backed up the Niagara Thruway for more than an hour. Information on the motorcycle driver and the driver's injuries was unavailable late Thursday.


Deputies arrest two on driving charges

Erie County sheriff's deputies made a pair of driving arrests Wednesday night in Colden and on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Jamie P. Gavin, 20, of Colden, was arrested after his vehicle was stopped by Deputy Ben Pisa for erratic driving on Partridge Road, near Center Road, in Colden at about 9 p.m., sheriff's officials said. Gavin was charged with driving while impaired by drugs.

Lynn T. John, 19, of Brant, was charged with driving while intoxicated and traffic infractions after his vehicle was stopped for failing to dim his high beam headlights on Milestrip Road on the Cattaraugus Reservation, also at about 9 p.m., deputies said.

John had a blood-alcohol level of 0.12 percent, deputies said.

Meanwhile, Jerrod T. Kennedy, 30, of Collins, a passenger in John's car, was charged with unlawfully dealing with a child. Kennedy is accused of providing alcohol to John, deputies said.


Convenience store clerk accused of taking wallet

WHEATFIELD -- A convenience store clerk was charged with pocketing a wallet left at the store and found by another customer, according to the Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

Ryan C. Lips, 19, of Witmer Road, North Tonawanda, a clerk at a Noco convenience store in the 6700 block of Williams Road, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny on Wednesday.

The owner of the wallet said he went into the store May 29 to use the ATM and when he got home he realized he left behind his wallet, which contained $110 in cash and his credit cards. He said he immediately returned to the store and spoke to the clerk, Lips, who told him no one had found it. The victim said he returned two hours later and again Lips said the wallet had not found.

The next morning, the victim spoke to a manager, who viewed security video which showed that a female customer had found the wallet and turned it in to Lips, deputies said.

The manager told deputies that she confronted Lips and he admitted taking the wallet.


Fire forces six out of their home

The Red Cross is caring for the needs of three adults and three children forced out of their home at 218 Weimer St. on Wednesday night by a fast-moving fire that Buffalo firefighters quickly contained.

The fire, which caused $10,000 damage to contents and $15,000 to the two-story frame structure was called in about 7 p.m. and was quickly contained to a second-floor bedroom. The cause remains under investigation.