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A heavy, old, Cadillac sedan may have saved the life of an East Bethany teenager but could not prevent serious injury.

It happened yesterday afternoon on Route 19 near Perry Road.
17-year-old Timothy Coates was heading out to go camping with his friends.
They were in the car in front of him.
They had slowed to make a turn.
Coates plowed into the back of his friends car and that sent Coate’s Cadillac into the opposite lane, where it collided with a pick-up truck.
State Police Sgt Kurt Schmidt investigated the crash. He said the weight and strength of the 1991 Cadillac likely saved Coates life.

A trio of unsolved burglaries in Batavia may be connected.
The latest heist happened last week at Batavia’s Original Pizzeria, formerly Pontillo’s on East Main Street. 
Police say thieves broke through a window under the cover of darkness, and made off with a portable safe and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Two more safes were reported stolen in the month of June: first at Neptune’s Gardens pet store, then at Blondie’s ice cream shop. 
In each case, the thieves entered through a window.
Batavia Police Detective Charles Dudek stopped short of actually tying the burglaries together. But he did note that similar circumstances like these often lead in the same direction.

There will be no layoffs for thousands of public workers across New York State.  
The Civil Service Employees Association, facing up to 98-hundred layoffs, has agreed to a new five-year contract.  The compromise deal with the state's largest public employees union includes wage freezes over the next three years and increased employee contributions to health benefits.  

Buffalo Sabres fans are going to be the focus of a new documentary.  Buffalo native Mary Wall, who works as a production assistant on "The Office," is casting a feature-length documentary that will follow the lives of die-hard Sabres fans.  Wall says her documentary will showcase "what it means to be a Buffalonian through the eyes of Sabres fans..."  Wall is having open casting sessions in several communities around the region through the week.
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