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>Icy fall at fire hall injures Brocton firefighter

WESTFIELD -- A Brocton firefighter was hospitalized after slipping on ice and hitting her head while responding to a fire Monday.

Deputy Fire Coordinator for Chautauqua County Richard Cole said the woman, whom he did not identify, slipped after getting out of her car at the fire hall.

She was flown by Mercy Flight from Westfield Memorial Hospital to Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa., for treatment.

Cole said a vacant house at East Pearl and Jefferson Street that contained two apartments was heavily damaged by smoke and fire. Firefighters were hampered by high winds in battling the blaze, which rekindled twice, officials said.

Westfield firefighters received mutual aid from Portland, Ripley, Brocton, Mayville and Fredonia.


>Grand Island student charged in school threat

A 14-year-old Grand Island High School student was charged Tuesday with felony falsely reporting an incident after he allegedly made a threat directed at the school, Erie County sheriff's deputies reported.

The threat was received at about 9:45 a.m. in a call to a 911 operator. The call was traced to the juvenile, who admitted making it, police said.

He was petitioned to Erie County Family Court and is also expected to face disciplinary charges at school.

It is the second time a threat has been made at the school in as many weeks, police said.


>Robbers accost customer at McDonald's drive-through

A Buffalo man was robbed, pistol-whipped and shot at early today as he drove through the drive-through window section at the McDonald's restaurant at 262 Grider St., police reported.

Northeast District police said that at about 12:15 a.m. the victim was confronted by three men -- one of whom held a silver handgun and wore a mask.

Police said the gunman smashed the driver's-side window with the handgun, reached into the vehicle and struck the man on the left side of his forehead and back of his head.

He ordered the victim out of the car and took $40 from him. The other two men then began shouting, "Shoot him."

Police said the gunman fired a single shot at the vehicle, striking the rear bumper, before the three men fled.

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