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>Deputy lauded in arrest of 2 burglary suspects

A young Grand Island man and a juvenile were arrested on burglary and other charges after astute work by a deputy, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reported Tuesday.

The 14-year-old juvenile was walking with a group of school-age youths at about 11:30 a.m. Monday on Crescent Road when Deputy Terrance Guenot approached them, according to authorities. Guenot recognized the juvenile as being wanted on a Family Court warrant, authorities said.

While taking him into custody, Guenot found a handgun on him, authorities said. The gun, along with two other handguns and a rifle, was stolen from a West Park Road house during a morning burglary that the homeowner was still unaware of, according to authorities.

In addition to the burglary charge, the juvenile and Cody R. Busch, 19, were accused of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a weapon.

Busch was taken to the Erie County Holding Center. The juvenile was taken to the Erie County Juvenile Detention Center.


>Akron resident, 18, injured critically in car crash

An Akron teenager remained in critical condition today in Erie County Medical Center, after he lost control of his car Monday on a snow-covered Bloomingdale Road in Newstead and hit a utility pole, state police reported.

David A. Dirienzo, 18, of Cedar Street, was eastbound at about 4:45 p.m. Monday when his vehicle skidded off the south shoulder of the road, troopers said. It struck the utility pole and trapped Dirienzo in the car, according to troopers, who said he was extricated using the Jaws of Life.


>Fire near Fort Erie track kills four race horses

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- Four race horses were killed in a barn fire late Tuesday night not far from Fort Erie Race Track, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Fort Erie firefighters responding to an alarm shortly after 10:30 p.m. found the Helena Street barn fully engulfed in flames. The fire was put out as quickly as possible, but all four horses died in the blaze, police said.

An electrical problem was blamed for starting the fire, which left an estimated $45,000 (U.S.) damage.


>Sleeping driver suspected in 3-vehicle Thruway crash

An Ithaca man apparently fell asleep at the wheel of his car Tuesday afternoon on the Thruway in the Town of Alden, resulting in a three-vehicle pileup with several injuries, state troopers reported.

Hoyt D. Benjamin Jr., 17, was traveling west in the passing lane of the Thruway near Crittenden Road shortly before 4:30 p.m. when he struck the rear trailer of a vehicle driven by Dale Walker, 29, of Cassville, traveling west in the driving lane, according to State Police Sgt. Craig Powell.

Benjamin tried to correct his vehicle and steered into the median. His vehicle went airborne into the eastbound lane and struck another vehicle driven by Thad H. Seaman, 29, of Rushville, Powell said. Benjamin and Seaman's vehicles then came to rest on the south side slope of the Thruway.

Benjamin and Seaman were trapped in their vehicles for a period of time. They were extricated by Millgrove firefighters and treated by Rural/Metro Medical Services before being taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.

Seaman was listed in stable condition today in ECMC's trauma intensive care unit, while Benjamin was listed in fair condition.


>Man in critical condition after shooting near home

A Deerfield Avenue man was listed in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center late Tuesday after he was shot outside his home earlier in the day, Buffalo police reported.

Chris Thomas, no age listed, was getting out of his car at 18 Deerfield Ave. at about 10:40 a.m. when someone opened fire with a .45-caliber gun, police said.

Thomas' 20-year-old girlfriend called 911. The gunman was last seen heading north on Deerfield. Homicide detectives were seeking a 20-year-old suspect believed to be involved in another shooting last October.

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