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A Lackawanna man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop early Monday morning, according to the City of Tonawanda Police Department. Ryan J. Conners, 37, was charged with DWI and other charges after a traffic stop on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda just before 3 a.m. Monday. Police said Conners was driving 50 mph in a 30 mph…

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Twelve strides. Andy Phillips stood in his driveway Monday and looked toward the spot where his parents made that short walk across a two-lane road hundreds, if not thousands, of times. Michael Phillips, 73, Andy’s father, was a retired teacher who served as supervisor of the Town of Salamanca. His wife, Donna, 70, who worked for years in the office at Prospect Eleme…

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Connor Lynskey and Manuel Zevallos became close friends over the past year at Siena College, despite wildly different points of origin. Connor was from Hinckley, a tiny Oneida County hamlet with a population of not quite 300. Zevallos is from Lima, capital of Peru. Introduced by a resident adviser in their dorm, Lynskey immediately showed a fascinated Zevallos how to pl…

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A 24-year-old Jamestown man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was stopped for driving the wrong way down a one-way street just before midnight Saturday. Nicholas J. Cole was spotted by Jamestown Police going the wrong way on East Fourth Street. A further investigation revealed that Cole was intoxicated, police reported. He was taken into custody at …

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A 37-year-old man was charged with drunken driving Saturday after he hit another vehicle while driving the wrong way in Niagara Falls. A State Police patrol in Niagara Falls saw a vehicle driven by Courtney A. Sistrunk of Niagara Falls heading into oncoming traffic on Niagara Falls Boulevard, according to State Police Public Information Officer James O'Callahan. O'Ca…

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There ought to be cousins. That's what Deanna Kwiatkowski Russo thinks about whenever she returns to Blasdell. She and her husband Jason have three young children who are always delighted to see their grandparents, but those little ones cannot fully understand what they've lost. The house should be in an uproar. Deanna's kids should be running around with other child…

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A Plymouth Avenue woman called Buffalo police after her neighbor crashed into her unoccupied, parked vehicle in 700 block Tuesday night. She told police her neighbor appeared to be intoxicated. Police interviewed the driver, Loretta R. Collier of Plymouth Avenue, and charged her with driving while intoxicated. Collier refused a chemical test, police said. Accordin…

A Buffalo police officer conducting a pat down as part of an arrest was pricked in the palm of his right hand by a hypodermic needle on Friday. The officer, Patrol Lt. Jonathan Pietrzak, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for evaluation. Police pulled over a vehicle with no inspection sticker at 5:57 p.m. Friday at LaSalle and Bailey avenues and proceeded to an arr…

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Chautauqua County sheriff deputies charged Brad T. Bettis, 45, of Frisbee Road, Cassadaga, with felony driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI after deputies found his vehicle off the road on Slide Fenner Road in the Town of Ellery at 5:15 p.m. Sunday. Deputies said when they located Bettis' vehicle off the road he appeared to be intoxicated. He also was charged wi…

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Buffalo police charged a Buffalo man with driving while intoxicated in connection with a hit-and-run incident in May that left the victim with a broken wrist and leg. Troy Kaderback, 23, of Hertel Avenue is accused of being intoxicated when he struck Willie Bell, 38, of Blaine Avenue, just after midnight on May 13 and then fleeing the scene, according to a police report…

A North Tonawanda man was arrested on charges of drunk driving Monday after police received several cell phone calls from witnesses that he was driving recklessly, authorities said. Joseph G. Masich, 69, of Erie Avenue, was charged by City of Tonawanda police with driving while intoxicated, driving with unsafe tires and driving without insurance after police stopped him…