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FIREMEN SAVE TWO TODDLERS; ABSENT MOTHER IS ARRESTED

Firefighters rescued two small children who were alone in a smoke-filled house on Merrimac Street at 6:20 p.m. Sunday and took them to Children's Hospital to be examined for smoke inhalation.

Their mother, Freda Long, 25, was arrested later on charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and felony reckless endangerment, according to Lt. Thomas Leatherbarrow of the Northeast District.

The boys, ages 10 months and 28 months, were rescued by Firefighters David Duke and Bob Carnevale, who were assigned to Engine 34 for the evening.

Battalion Chief Joseph Mehltretter said the children couldn't have survived for more than one or two minutes more if they had remained inside the house, because of the thick smoke.

The fire started in the downstairs kitchen of the 2 1/2 -story house and was blamed on careless cooking. Damage was estimated at $500 to the house and $500 to its contents.

The children were placed in the care of county Child Protective Services workers.

Hamburg driver, 43, charged
with possession of cocaine

A Hamburg man stopped on Route 219 early today for having a bad muffler now faces more serious charges, after an Orchard Park police officer found five small bags of crack cocaine in the man's possession, police said.

Officer Pat Rizzo charged Paul M. Senseney, 43, of Prospect Avenue with felony drug possession and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, a misdemeanor, following the traffic stop at about 3 a.m.

Man arrested in break-in,
sexual threat to two girls

The Sex Offense Squad reported Sunday the arrest of a man suspected of breaking into a house on Richlawn Avenue and threatening to rape two girls, ages 11 and 14.

Willie Bradley, 39, also known as Marcus Bradley, of Hill Street, was arrested by Detective David Kobler Saturday night and charged in the Jan. 20 incident.

Kobler said Bradley kicked in the back door and entered at about 5:30 p.m. and ordered one of the girls to undress in the bathroom. She refused, despite the intruder's physical attempt to undress her. The man fled the house, but not before stealing a Tic-Tac-Toe game belonging to one of the girls, according to Kobler.

Bradley is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor, and felony burglary, felony sexual abuse and felony robbery.

Police looking for man
who stabbed dog and owner

Northwest District officers are looking for the man who stabbed a Riverside man and his dog at 4:15 Sunday morning.

John Taughrin, 53, of Kail Street said the man forcibly entered his house in pursuit of a woman who had fled there for safety.

Police said the man broke the storm door and struck Taughrin with a sharp object. Taughrin was treated in Erie County Medical Center for cuts, large bruises and swelling in the head, arms and legs.

The man also stabbed Taughrin's dog, a female German shepherd named Thumper. The dog fled the house and had not been found by late Sunday.

The woman was not harmed.

Police described the intruder as a white male, 5-feet-10, with a slim build and blond hair.

Car hits pole, downs
wires on Lake Shore Road

A portion of Lake Shore Road was closed briefly early Sunday after a westbound car hit a power pole, knocking down some electrical wires, Hamburg Town police said.

The 4:25 a.m. accident took place on Route 5 near Hoover Road, causing minor injuries to the driver, police said. Westbound traffic was diverted onto Hoover Road for a short time while a Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. crew removed the downed wires.

Employee accused of using
customer's credit card

An employee of the Big Kmart at 1001 Hertel Ave. has been charged with using a customer's credit card to buy $648 in equipment at the store.

Hoover T. Williams, 20, of Emerson Street was arrested at 11 p.m. Saturday by Northwest District officers, who said he purchased a SONY play station, a DVD player and two video games. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

Suspect arrested in Falls
after $199 motel holdup

NIAGARA FALLS -- Following footprints in some freshly fallen snow, police arrested a man who they believe robbed the Fourth Street Ramada Inn Sunday morning.

Michael L. Maye, 36, who gave no address, was found hiding underneath a van off Memorial Parkway, Officers Ron Cirrito and James Tedesco said. He had $199 in a pocket, the amount that had been stolen a short time earlier in a holdup at the hotel.

Maye was charged with second-degree robbery and petit larceny and was to be arraigned today in City Court.

Vacant mobile home
heavily vandalized in Wilson

WILSON -- Juveniles reportedly caused several thousand dollars worth of damage to a vacant mobile home in Dorwood Park Saturday night, police said.

A neighbor told police that several juveniles went inside the empty trailer home on A Street in the park, causing unspecified damage.

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