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Former Buffalo Bill charged? after collision in Hamburg

Former Buffalo Bill Ruben Brown was charged with drunken driving in Hamburg, after he was involved in an a rear-end collision late Friday.

Hamburg police responded to the two-vehicle crash at 11:19 p.m. on Abbott Road, near Richmond Avenue.

Brown, 40, of Orchard Park, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, following too closely and imprudent speed, police said.

Brown – who played with the Bills from 1995 to 2003 – was not injured and refused a Breathalyzer test, police said.

The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

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Man wearing ski mask gets? drugs from Sanborn store

A CVS pharmacy on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn was held up Friday night by a man wearing a black ski mask who claimed he had a gun, state police said.

The robbery took place at about 8 p.m., when the robber walked into the store wearing the mask and demanded prescription drugs, investigators said. He was given the drugs and he fled on foot.

Police said the robber was a white male, about six feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. He had light brown hair and was wearing a dark hoodie, khaki pants, and dark shoes. He was carrying a red bag.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call troopers at 434-5588.

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Speeding stop in Clarence? leads to additional charges

A Lockport man was stopped for speeding in Clarence early Saturday and ended up being charged with drunken driving.

Bryan B. Sheehan, 21, was pulled over in his vehicle by state police at 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Transit Road and accused of traveling 58 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said.

He was charged with speeding, DWI, failure to signal and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Sheehan was taken to the State Police barracks in Clarence, where he refused a Breathalyzer test, according to troopers. He is scheduled to return to Clarence Town Court on Oct. 9.

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Newfane woman falls prey? to computer phone scam

NEWFANE – In another case of what is becoming a widespread scam throughout Niagara County, an elderly Edward Avenue woman was bilked out of $199 recently by a man she thought to be a representative of the Microsoft Corp.

Sheriff's deputies said the woman had been experiencing computer problems when she received a call offering a "computer maintenance program" for $199. She set up an account with an online payment firm and transferred the money, but was told her computer could not be fixed.

Upon checking out the telephone number of the person who had contacted her, she learned that the call originated from either India or Texas, deputies said, and was not from any legitimate Microsoft representative. An investigation is continuing.

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Pregnant woman opens? door to knife wielder

NIAGARA FALLS – A Weston Avenue woman was charged with second-degree menacing early Saturday after police said she knocked on an Elmwood Avenue woman's door and waved a large kitchen knife in a threatening manner.

Police said Evalina M. Harris, 21, went to the home looking for a man, and repeatedly knocked on the door until the female resident answered. She then yelled and waved the knife at the pregnant, 22-year-old woman, police said.

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Bicyclist caught on camera? entering cars at Legion post

NIAGARA FALLS – A man pushing a small bicycle was caught on surveillance video Friday night breaking into a pair of cars parked at the American Legion post on Niagara Avenue, police said.

The man set the bike down about 8 p.m. and broke windows out of two vehicles, stealing a purse from one and a briefcase from the other.

A Niagara Falls, Ont., woman told police her purse contained personal effects and was valued at $60, while a McKoon Avenue man said the briefcase contained $400 in cash, in addition to personal papers.

Also reporting a car break-in was a Chilton Avenue woman, who said an iPod, some clothing and 10 compact discs were stolen.

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Hunting suits, winter coats? taken from laundromat

NIAGARA FALLS – A LaSalle resident told police that someone stole two hunting suits and a pair of winter coats that he was washing at a Niagara Falls Boulevard laundromat Wednesday afternoon.

The victim, a resident of 100th Street, told police that he left the items in a dryer at the Laundry Lounge about 2:30 p.m. He set his loss at $1,200. Video surveillance captured two women removing the items from the dryer, police said. They are being sought for questioning.