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Driver killed in collision with school bus near mall

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A 47-year-old Niagara County woman died this morning after her car struck a small school bus head-on behind the Outlets of Niagara Falls USA mall and burst into flames, state troopers said.

The woman, whose name was not released because her family had not yet been notified, was headed east on Factory Outlet Boulevard at about 8:30 a.m. when her Dodge Neon crossed the center line and struck a We Care Transportation bus headed west on the two-lane road, Trooper Edward J. Stefik said at the scene.

Stefik, who pulled the woman from the wreckage of the vehicle, said the woman was alive at that point but died on her way or shortly after arriving at Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

The driver of the bus, Timothy Jones of Niagara Falls, was unhurt, although three children on the bus suffered minor injuries and were taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulances to Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, Stefik said. The children are in a program of Opportunities Unlimited, an agency that serves the developmentally disabled.


Robbery victim shot; listed in fair condition

A Swan Street man shot in the calf during a street robbery early this morning on the Lower West Side was listed in fair condition later today in Erie County Medical Center, authorities said.

Juan Oliveras, no age available, told Central District police that two men approached him at Carolina Street and Whitney Place at about 12:30 a.m. They asked him if he had any "weed," pointed a dark handgun, possibly a 9 mm, at him, and took $5 from him before shooting him.

The two men drove away from the scene, possibly in a dark Pontiac Grand Am.


Demolition requested after fire on Sycamore

Buffalo fire officials requested emergency demolition of a Sycamore Street house after an arson that destroyed the apparently unoccupied structure early today.

Firefighters responded to a 1:18 a.m. alarm at 983 Sycamore, a 2 1/2 -story frame building. The fire started on the second floor and spread to the attic, causing $30,000 damage to the structure.

One firefighter reported off-duty after suffering a back injury fighting the blaze, fire officials said.


Stabbing prompts arrest of Gibson St. man, 49

A 49-year-old Buffalo man was charged Wednesday with stabbing another man in the chest on Paderewski Drive near Gibson Street, police said.

Gary Cole, of Gibson Street, was charged with assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, according to police.

The victim, Reeseie Nash, 25, of Michigan Avenue, was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released, authorities said.

Police said the attack followed an argument at about 12:50 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of Paderewski.


Woman charged with DWI after hitting stopped bus

NIAGARA FALLS -- A St. Catharines, Ont., woman was charged with driving while intoxicated this morning after her car struck the back of a bus on the Robert Moses Parkway, state troopers said.

The 4:37 a.m. crash closed the northbound lanes of the parkway for two hours, troopers said, and injured the driver of the car, Tammy J. Burt, 27.

Burt's car struck a Coach Lines bus on its way to Toronto from Brooklyn that had broken down in the right lane of the parkway, just south of John Daly Boulevard. The 42 passengers on the bus were unhurt and were taken to a nearby Denny's restaurant, where alternative transportation arrangements were made for them.

Burt was taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, with hip and hand injuries, troopers said.

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