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>Fire reported in Dumpster in GM Powertrain plant

Volunteer firefighters responded late Sunday to a fire at the sprawling General Motors Powertrain plant in the Town of Tonawanda, according to town police.

At about 10:30 p.m., a fire was reported in a Dumpster inside one of the buildings on GM Boulevard, off Kenmore Avenue, within the automotive-engine manufacturing facility.

Firefighters from Sheridan Park, Kenilworth and other companies responded, town police said, and contained the fire to the Dumpster. No injuries were reported.


>Robbery victim tackles assailant; quick arrest made

An East Side man fought back during a robbery attempt early Sunday and his attacker was quickly arrested.

The man reported that after James T. Lowe, 42, of Roslyn Street, punched him in the face and demanded $20, he tackled Lowe to the ground on Parkridge Avenue. Police officers who happened to be passing by arrested Lowe and charged him with attempted robbery and assault.


>Driver, 19, killed in crash on Robert Moses Parkway

NIAGARA FALLS -- A young Ransomville man died early Sunday when his car rounded a curve too fast on the Robert Moses Parkway just beyond the Grand Island Bridge underpass, plunged down an embankment, struck a tree and overturned, police reported.

David C. Broussard, 19, of Burch Road, was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, who was not identified, was reported in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, police said.

Officer Patrick Mayer said he responded to the scene at 2:52 a.m. and found six people, ages 17 to 20, surrounding the overturned car and yelling for help. Mayer said he saw one of the victims beneath the car, surrounded by blood.

Police said Broussard had been in Canada with friends, having pizza, and that the group decided to go to a restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard before heading home. It was not immediately known if alcohol was a factor.


>Two-car crash closes portion of Thruway

PEMBROKE -- A two-car crash near here Sunday closed both eastbound lanes of the Thruway for 75 minutes as emergency crews worked to extricate one of the victims from his vehicle, state police reported.

The accident occurred at 4:30 p.m. when Valentina Dremine, 44, of Thornhill, Ont., failed to stay in her westbound lane on a slight curve. Her SUV crossed the grass median and struck an eastbound car head-on.

The impact caused the body of Dremine's SUV to separate from its chassis and flip onto its roof before coming to a stop, upside down, on the south shoulder.

Dremine was taken by Erie County sheriff's helicopter to Erie County Medical Center with neck injuries.

Donald Kennedy, 63, of Medina, driver of the eastbound car, suffered a broken arm, two broken legs and internal injuries. He was flown to ECMC by Mercy Flight.

His wife, Patricia, 66, was taken by ambulance to ECMC for contusions caused by her seat belt.

Eastbound lanes between Interchanges 49 and 48A were closed for 75 minutes. Westbound lanes were closed for half an hour as the copters landed in the median to pick up the patients.


>Salesman admits using customer's check data

State police in Clarence arrested a door-to-door salesman on a variety of charges Saturday after he used information from a check from a customer to pay his cell phone bill.

Christopher Wright, 27, of Baltimore, working for Rainbow Sales, took a $60 check from a Greiner Road man Wednesday for a magazine subscription. Two days later, the man discovered an unusual $60 withdrawal from his checking account and called State Police.

Troopers tracked Wright down in Amherst, where he was soliciting door-to-door. They said he admitted using the victim's checking account number to pay his cell phone company within one hour of making the magazine sale.

Wright was charged with petit larceny, third-degree identity theft and soliciting without a license. He was sent to Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $5,000 bail.


>Careless cooking blamed for West Avenue fire

A fire blamed on careless cooking caused extensive damage to a building on the city's West Side on Sunday evening, according to a Buffalo fire official.

The fire started before 7:30 p.m. in a second-floor kitchen of the 2 1/2 -story frame building at 1164 West Ave., near West Delavan Avenue, that appears to have a first-floor storefront.

The fire extended to the attic, causing $90,000 to the building and $30,000 to the contents, and an emergency demolition for the structure has been ordered.

The Red Cross assisted three adults who were living there.

One person was taken to Erie County Medical Center for unknown injuries, while a second person was treated at the scene.

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