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One dead, one wounded in Grand Island incident

One man was shot dead and another was wounded late Wednesday when Erie County sheriff's deputies answered a call about a suicidal man at a home on Crescent Avenue on Grand Island.

Deputies said they had a report that an unidentified man in the house had a gun. Officers were fired upon and returned fire. Deputies said when they entered the house, they discovered that one of the men was carrying a pipe bomb.


Two girls, youth charged in vandalism at church

FREWSBURG -- Three teens were charged Wednesday in connection with the Independence Day vandalism and flag burning at a Frewsburg church, state police reported.

Two girls, ages 14 and 15, face felony criminal mischief charges, and a 16-year-old boy was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor counts of menacing and arson.

The vandals targeted United Methodist Church, police said.

"The suspects not only burned the American flag, but also spray painted slogans and symbols on the church, which lead us to believe that this was a hate crime," said Cindy Mullen, State Police spokeswoman said.

The girls have a future appearance due in the Chautauqua County Probation Office, while the youth was arraigned in Carroll Town Court and remains in Chautauqua County Jail pending $50,000 bail.


Collision of bicycles seriously injures girl

WELLAND, Ont. -- A 17-year-old Welland girl is in serious condition in Welland General Hospital with injuries suffered at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday when her bicycle collided head-on with another bicyclist on First Street north of Quaker Road, Niagara Regional Police report.

Police said the girl was one of three bicyclists southbound on First Street who crossed over into the northbound lane to accommodate a southbound motor vehicle. After the vehicle had passed, she collided with a northbound bicyclist, a 34-year-old man from Thorold. He was treated in Welland General and released.

Fire officials called for emergency demolition of the house at 158 Coit, where the blaze left an estimated $50,000 damage. The fire also caused an estimated $5,000 damage at 156 Coit and $2,000 at 289 Peckham.


Caught in cross-fire, woman in car is shot

A Kilhoffer Street woman was treated in Buffalo General Hospital after she was shot in the shoulder Wednesday while riding in a car that got caught in the cross-fire from two passing vehicles at Humboldt Parkway and East Utica Street, Buffalo police said.

Jelisa Jones, 19, was in the rear seat of a car driven by her mother at about 12:30 p.m., when occupants of two other cars -- a gray sport utility vehicle and a green Ford Mustang convertible -- began exchanging gunfire.

"We don't know why they were shooting at each other," said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

The bullet passed through the car, nearly striking Jones' mother and 1-year-old sister before striking her in the shoulder.


Arson destroys vacant house

An arson in a vacant house in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area early Wednesday destroyed the house and left exposure damage to two adjacent vacant houses, Buffalo fire officials reported.

Firefighters responding to the 2:08 a.m. alarm at 158 Coit St. found the vacant 2 1/2 -story house fully involved in flames. The fire also spread to vacant houses at 156 Coit and 289 Peckham St., according to fire reports.


3 men rob woman in home invasion

A Buffalo woman was pulled from her bed at gunpoint, tied up with an extension cord, and robbed during a home invasion early Wednesday at her Phyllis Avenue home, police said.

The woman's three children were also at home during the home invasion, but they were not harmed, police reported.

Three men -- wearing stocking masks -- broke into her apartment by entering her kitchen window at about 1 a.m., Northeast District police said.

The assailants stole her cell phone and purse and fled the house, driving away in an unknown direction, police said.

Northeast District detectives, along with the police's evidence and photo units responded to the scene to investigate.


Mali national admits using fake passport

A woman from the African republic of Mali pleaded guilty Wednesday to using a fake passport while attempting to enter the United States over the Peace Bridge.

Adaman A. Diane, 26, pleaded guilty to felony charges of making and using a false document during an appearance before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

On April 28, Diane used a fake passport, which identified her as a French citizen and used a false name, federal prosecutor Marie P. Grisanti said.

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