Police seek information in Lackawanna arson
Lackawanna police seek help from the public in solving an early-morning Fourth of July arson sparked by a bottle rocket thrown onto a Center Street house.
The bottle rocket was tossed into the gutter of the house, igniting some dry leaves and starting the fire that spread into the attic and the roof, police said. Firefighters responded to a 12:30 a.m. call at 123 Center St.
"We have a few area residents that we'd like to speak to because of possible involvement with fireworks that night," said Capt. Ronald Miller, Lackawanna's chief of detectives.
Anyone with any information about the incident or potential suspects is asked to call detectives at 827-6411.
The Red Cross was called to assist two adults and eight children uprooted from the house, which the City of Lackawanna has demolished.
Man charged with rape of 13-year-old girl
A Grimes Street man was charged with rape and course of sexual conduct against a child after he allegedly broke into a bathroom of a South Buffalo apartment using a butter knife and raped a 13-year-old girl, Buffalo police reported.
Kevin Edwards, 46, raped the girl just before noon Monday, a relative of the victim told police.
The girl, who was taken to Women and Children's Hospital, told police Edwards had been engaging in sexual conduct with her dating back to April 2006.