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A man and a woman who were shot early today in the 700 block of Linwood Avenue, near West Delavan Avenue, were able to get themselves to nearby Millard Fillmore Hospital at Gates Circle before authorities arrived.

The identities of the individuals were unavailable late this morning, but Buffalo police said the woman was shot in the head and the man was shot in the leg at about 7:30 a.m.

"The wounds do not appear to be life-threatening at this time," said Lt. Larry J. Baehre, police spokesman. "There are conflicting reports on whether they walked to the hospital or were driven by a family member."

An investigation was continuing.

Man needs to be freed
from car after collision

A Buffalo man had to be extricated from his car after it collided with another vehicle early today at Grand Island Boulevard and the entrance ramp to the northbound Niagara Thruway, police said.

The two-car accident occurred at 1 a.m., when an eastbound car driven Philip Shields, 21, of Buffalo, turned off the boulevard onto the ramp and crashed into a westbound vehicle driven by Mark Jungier, 19, of North Tonawanda.

Shields was transported to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition in the intensive care unit. Jungier, who suffered minor injuries, was taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital in North Tonawanda for treatment.

Shields was issued a ticket for failure to yield the right of way, police said.

Woman accused of breaking
vase over husband's head

A Liddell Street woman who allegedly attacked her husband with a vase Wednesday was arrested by Ferry-Fillmore District police, authorities said.

Breonna Littleton, 20, of the first block of Liddell, was charged with second-degree assault after breaking a vase on the head of her husband, James Littleton, and picking up a shard of the vase and twice slashing him with it, police said.

Officers Robert Gomez, Peter Kocol, Jimmy Reese, Thomas Moran, Kenny Szyszkowski and Robert Joyce arrested the woman at about 5:30 p.m. She also was charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

$24,000 in jewelry taken;
thief flees on stolen bike

Amherst police are looking for a burglar who broke into an Oakview Drive home Wednesday, stole about $24,000 in jewelry, then fled on a mountain bike taken from the garage.

The burglar forced a rear side door in the home before ransacking the entire house between 10 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., police said. Diamond rings, earrings, bracelets and chains were taken.

After the homeowner reported the crime and the description of the missing bicycle Wednesday night, patrol officers spotted the bike, which had been abandoned near Getzville Plaza.

Hamburg villagers warned
to look out for burglars

Several burglaries have been reported in the Village of Hamburg during recent days, Police Chief Dennis Gleason said.

He said the burglaries weren't confined to any specific neighborhood, but he is asking residents to report suspicious behavior.

"Please keep an eye on not only your home but on your neighbor's," Gleason said.

Wendy's manager grabs gun
and deters robber, who flees

A manager of a fast-food restaurant told police that he grabbed a gun Wednesday morning from a would-be robber -- possibly an employee -- who was after a bank deposit.

The attempted robbery occurred at about 10:30 a.m. near the Wendy's at 1051 Main St., Central District officers were told. The manager said he was sitting in a car when a man approached the driver's side with gun in hand and said, "Give me the (expletive) money."

The manager told officers he grabbed the silver-colored handgun from the man and pointed it at him. After a brief struggle, the man ran away empty-handed.

McGraw, Chesney, manager
are set for trial May 14

Jury selection at the trial of country singers Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney and their road manager, Mark Russo, for a scuffle with police at a concert in Ralph Wilson Stadium last summer is scheduled to begin before Orchard Park Town Justice Edmund S. Brown Jr. on May 14.

After the daylong George Strait Country Music Festival on June 3, the three were charged with scuffling with Erie County sheriff's deputies following an incident with a police horse.

McGraw, who is married to country singer Faith Hill, is charged with misdemeanor counts of obstructing governmental administration, menacing, harassment, assault and resisting arrest.

Chesney is charged with a noncriminal count of disorderly conduct. Russo faces a charge of resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Two small fires damage
residences on Falls street

NIAGARA FALLS -- Unattended food cooking on stoves triggered two small fires on Whitney Avenue, fire officials said Wednesday.

Ella Moore, 40, suffered a minor burn to her left thumb when grease she was heating caught fire Wednesday. She poured salt on the flames, extinguishing them. She was treated at the scene by firefighters, fire officials said.

At least $100 in smoke damage was done to her residence.

The second fire occurred at 4:49 p.m. Wednesday in Room 106 of the Whitney Avenue Apartments, Whitney Avenue and 18th Street, when Willie D. Crittenden left chicken unattended on the stove. He extinguished the fire. There was more than $200 in smoke damage, fire officials said.

Child's call to 911
leads to sitter's arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- A child's hang-up call to 911 led to the arrest Wednesday of an extremely intoxicated woman who was baby-sitting her neighbor's three young children, Officer David Kok said.

Paula L. Brown, 47, of Ninth Street was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Police made the arrest after a child called 911 and hung up on Claudia Robinson, a criminal report technician.

Conte and Kok were dispatched to investigate. They found Brown "extremely intoxicated" inside the neighbor's residence when one of the children answered the door, Kok said.

Kok said the mother was located and returned home to her 4-, 6- and 7-year-old children.

Man charged with larceny
in alleged check forgery

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Town of Tonawanda man accused of bilking the HSBC Bank here out of $18,000 has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, Detective William Smith said Wednesday.

Joseph J. Alt, 25, of Raintree Island, also was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.

He is accused of taking four checks from a friend's closed M&T Bank account, making them out to his name, forging the friend's name and cashing them at an HSBC branch between Dec. 28 and Jan. 2.

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