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>Town of Tonawanda man dies as pickup rolls over

A Town of Tonawanda man died early Sunday morning when the pickup truck he was driving rolled over on South Transit Road in the Town of Lockport.

David Mitschang, 23, of Claremont Avenue, was pinned under the vehicle after being ejected sometime before 4:30 a.m., the Niagara County Sheriff's Department said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, near the corner of Dunnigan Road.

The South Lockport Fire Company and Rural/Metro paramedics assisted.


>Combustibles near stove blamed in house fire

Combustibles stored too close to a cooking stove sparked a fire that left $30,000 damage to a Burroughs Drive home Sunday morning, Amherst fire officials reported.

Volunteer firefighters from Snyder and Main-Transit responded to an 8:01 a.m. alarm at 181 Burroughs, after the resident went to a neighbor's home to report his kitchen was on fire.

Firefighters found smoke coming from the roof vents when they arrived at the scene, Snyder Fire Chief Allan Brown said. Working in temperatures of about 10 degrees, firefighters managed to confine the fire to the kitchen, although there was smoke damage throughout the home.

Fire reports list the owner as Norman Brennan.


>Van used to smash door in burglary at store

A burglar used an an unusual method of entry over the weekend -- using a van to smash through the front glass doors of a Lancaster business, police said.

Officer William Gummo stopped the van, after seeing it leave a closed business, E&B Equipment and Furniture, 5035 Transit Road, at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday. Gummo, who had noticed that a tail light was out, found that the van had some front-end damage.

After Gummo radioed for another officer to check the business, Officer Michael Greco determined the building had been broken into. The officers later found a stolen silver briefcase in the suspect's vehicle, they said.

Michael Meier, 34, of Cheektowaga, was charged with burglary, criminal mischief, petit larceny and possession of burglar's tools, a crowbar.


>Suspect, 17, arrested in Jan. 30 shootings

Buffalo police have arrested a 17-year-old suspect in the shooting of five people Jan. 30 following a clash between two rival groups on the Lower West Side.

Dominic Moses, of Seventh Street, was charged with attempted murder Saturday by police, who have been seeking several teenagers suspected of having taken part in the shootings.

Moses also was charged with criminal possession of a firearm, criminal use of a firearm, menacing, reckless endangerment and assault with intent to cause serious injury.

Several people opened fire with a shotgun and other weapons at about 4:15 p.m. in the 400 block of Seventh Street.

Struck in the cross-fire were: Louis Lanacuties, 37, of Seventh Street; Maria Matis, 37, of Seventh Street; Emmanuel Ocasio-Marrero, 17, of Hudson Street; Deliany Santos, 15, of Seventh Street; and Luis Medina, 14, of Hudson Street. None of their injuries were life-threatening.


>Suspected arson causes damage to two houses

Arson was suspected in a fire at 41 Cayuga St. that spread to the house next door Sunday evening.

Buffalo firefighters were called at 5 p.m. to the vacant house at 41 Cayuga, which sustained an estimated $40,000 damage. The fire spread to 45 Cayuga, causing $10,000 damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


>Two arrested after shots are fired at man

Two West Side men were arrested after several shots were fired at a man over the weekend.

Officers said several shots were fired at the victim by Steven R. Jobson, 21, of Plymouth Avenue, early Saturday morning. The bullets missed their target but struck two vehicles. Jobson was charged with felony reckless endangerment, felony criminal mischief, weapons possession and menacing,

After a foot chase, police also arrested Michael L. Cabrera, 17, of 18th Street, on charges of possession of a stolen .357 Magnum.


>Woman accused of stabbing her live-in boyfriend

A woman was arrested early Sunday at 64 Kirkpatrick St. after her live-in boy friend was stabbed with a steak knife.

Adriana Rushing, 24, was charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, said Detective Sgt. Daniel Rinaldo of the Homicide Squad.

Thomas J. Moore, 30, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with stab wounds to the chest, right hand and back. The incident in their apartment was reported at 5:52 a.m.

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