Wood-burning stove blamed in Clarence fire
A wood-burning stove was blamed for a fire that caused $120,000 damage Thursday to a home at 9830 Greiner Road, Clarence.
The Clarence Center Fire Company was called at 5:26 p.m. and was soon joined by the Clarence Fire Company, the East Amherst Fire Company and units from Newstead and Swormville. The fire was brought under control by 7 p.m.
Chief David Case said the fire caused $80,000 damage to the house and $40,000 to its contents. No injuries were reported.
Mercy Flight helicopter locates accident victim
Mercy Flight took on another function following a snowmobile accident in Niagara County on Thursday night, when the helicopter was diverted from its landing to assist in finding the accident scene.
The emergency helicopter later transported the injured man, Gary Miller, 40, of Wheatfield, to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition today with head and chest injuries, authorities said.
The search for the injured snowmobiler began at 8:39 p.m., when the Niagara County Sheriff's Department received a wireless 911 call about an accident off Nash Road in the Town of Wheatfield.
As emergency crews searched for the accident scene, Mercy Flight was able to locate the site within a minute and landed in a field next to the snowmobiles waiting for them.
Sheriff's deputies are continuing their investigation into the accident.
West Seneca blaze sends residents fleeing
The residents of a West Seneca home safely fled a fire that caused extensive damage Thursday afternoon.
Firefighters were sent to 196 Lexington Green at about 2:40 p.m. Union Fire Company Chief Donald Littler said the home was a single-story, ranch-style structure.
The residents already were outside when he got there, Littler said. There were heavy flames in the basement and smoke was pouring from the eaves and roof, he said.
The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. Littler characterized the damage as "very extensive," deferring to insurers and investigators for a monetary figure.
Grote Street fire damages two homes
Fire officials have requested the emergency demolition of a vacant Grote Street house following an overnight fire that spread to the house next door.
Firefighters responded to an 11:59 p.m. alarm at 86 Grote St., in the northwest corner of the city.
The suspicious fire, which remains under investigation, left $10,000 damage to the 2 1/2 -story frame house and an estimated $10,000 exposure damage next door at 84 Grote.
20-year sentence given in attempted murder
Rodney "Seth" Mitchell was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in state prison for trying to kill a neighborhood girl.
With the now-20-year-old victim in court, State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang told Mitchell, 21, of Easton Street, that she was imposing the near maximum-allowable prison term.
Mitchell, jailed since his arrest in December 2004 about eight hours after the incident, was found guilty by a jury last October of attempted murder, first-degree rape and sex abuse.
Arrest made in rape attempt and unlawful imprisonment
Central District police have arrested a 58-year-old Porter Avenue man in connection with the attempted rape and unlawful imprisonment of a woman in her late 20s late Thursday night.
Edward May was charged with attempted rape, unlawful imprisonment, assault, weapons possession and three other charges, according to police reports.
The woman told police that the man held her against her will in his apartment, held a knife to her throat, ripped her shirt and pants and punched and kicked her several times.
She also said he filled the bathroom tub and threatened to drown her in it, police said.