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A Silver Creek woman who was trapped in her car following a single-vehicle crash was rescued by Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies and a passerby, who were able to break a window and pull her out of her seat just seconds before the car became engulfed in flames this morning.Valerie A. Roach, 28, of Elm Street crashed on Route 83 in the Town of Villanova at 5:20 a.m. Cha…

A Batavia man was charged with second-degree menacing early today after he allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at a person during a domestic incident.Kevin M. Lampman, 40, of West Main Street Road was charged at 2:17 a.m. at his home by the Genesee County sheriff’s deputies.He was remanded to the Genesee County Jail on $2,000 bail

Buffalo police are searching for a woman suspected in a Saturday night stabbing in the first block of Condon Avenue.Police said a man and a woman were arguing on a porch about 11:30 p.m. and the dispute escalated. At some point the female stabbed the 53-year-old man multiple times.The victim, who lived at the Condon Avenue address, was taken to Erie County Medical Center w…

A 21-year-old man stabbed to death Saturday night has been identified as Devonte Johnson of Euclid Avenue, Buffalo police said Sunday evening.A man who was taken into custody shortly after the incident has been identified by police as 25-year-old Jamie Galarza of Buffalo.Galarza has been charged with second-degree murder, police said.According to police, Johnson was stabbe…

A dispute between two men Saturday night led to one of them being stabbed, Buffalo police said.The stabbing occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Euclid Avenue, on the East Side. Homicide detectives have one person in custody. The victim was taken to Buffalo General Medical Center with injuries believed to be serious.

MURRAY – A two-car crash Saturday afternoon sent one car careening into a garage along Route 104 in the Town of Murray.Ashlee Rae Putnam, 20, of Brockport, was driving west on Route 104 at about 4 p.m. when her Crysler sedan drifted into the east lane and collided with a Buick sedan driven Joanne T. Meyers, 75, of Holley, according to an Orleans County sheriff’s report.T…

CARLTON – An Albion man’s ear was partially severed Saturday afternoon during an offroad “mud bogging” competition in the Town of Carlton.Joel Barczak-Garcia, 23, rear-seat passenger in a 1995 Jeep that was part of the Lake Alice Mud Bogging Event on Waterport Road, struck his head on a metal protrusion inside the Jeep, resulting in his ear being partially torn off.The mot…

NIAGARA FALLS– A 50-year-old man was jumped by three men and robbed late Friday as he walked through the parking lot of the Jefferson Apartments on Rainbow Boulevard, police said.The victim was attacked shortly before midnight when the three emerged from behind a dumpster and punched and kicked him before taking his cellphone, cigarettes, lighter, casino identification ba…

NIAGARA FALLS – Several people playing cards inside an Elm Court residence were sent diving to the floor early Saturday when a gunshot ripped through the wall, police said.The bullet entered the residence near a kitchen window about 12:30 a.m., police said. Investigators found a spent shell casing on the ground outside the home, but no one saw a gunman or shot coming fr…

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A Beach Ridge Road man was charge with driving while intoxicated early Friday after Niagara County sheriff’s deputies noticed his vehicle was heavily damaged and missing a rear tire while on the Lockport Bypass.Thomas J. Deville Jr., 30, was pulled over at 1 a.m. and also charged with no headlights and leaving the scene of a property-damage accident. …

TOWN OF LOCKPORT – Four convenience store clerks were arrested overnight Thursday as part of an underage drinking operation conducted jointly by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, state police and the state Liquor Authority.Underage operatives were used to attempt to purchase alcohol at convenience stores throughout the county, with 20 locations checked in total. Succes…

Smokers who enjoy a cigarette in the great outdoors can hack a sigh of relief.A state judge in Albany on Friday ordered state parks officials to stop enforcing their recent ban on outdoor smoking in state parks, agreeing with a smokers’ rights group that the state exceeded its authority in imposing the ban.State Supreme Court Justice George Ceresia Jr. ruled that the regul…

SHERMAN – Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies said a motorist distracted while using a cellphone crashed into a utility pole on West Main Street in the village shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.Tara D. VanVolkenburg, 21, was charged with driving while intoxicated and having an open container of alcohol in her 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. While driving west, deputies said, VanVol…

CHARLOTTE – A Forestville man was injured when his SUV crashed about 11:50 a.m. Saturday on Route 60, Chautauqua County sheriffd’s deputies said.Joshua L. Schulze, 18, of Bennett Road, was northbound when his vehicle veered off the road, struck a telephone pole, overturned, then hit a tree, deputies said. The driver was taken to Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, for treat…

Firefighters battled three house fires Saturday morning on the East Side.A fire at 37 Miller Ave. caused an estimated $30,000 damage. A fire that broke out at 59 Cortland Ave. resulted in $50,000 damage there and $50,000 to the house next-door at 57 Cortland. The causes remain under investigation.