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No signs of foul play in body found in lake

PORTER -- Niagara County authorities were able to rule out any signs of foul play Monday after an autopsy was performed on a young woman's body found Sunday morning in Lake Ontario.

However, they were still unable to make any identification and will be looking to the public for help.

Coroner Russell Jackman described the woman as black, with long black hair. She had been in the water for about 30 days, and Jackman said she did not go over the falls.

Jackman said investigators had no missing persons reports in New York State that matched the body but were still exploring possible missing persons with Canadian authorities.

The body, found at the shoreline near Lake and Porter Center roads, is the fourth person found in the water in Porter this year. Jackman said the flow in that stretch of water along the lake is responsible for bodies being found in that area.


Newstead chimney fire leaves $70,000 damage

A chimney fire that extended into a home on Maple Road in the Town of Newstead on Sunday night caused an estimated $70,000 damage to the home, Amherst fire officials said Monday.

Amherst Fire Control fielded a 7:51 p.m. call reporting the chimney fire at 8057 Maple Road. Volunteers from the Akron Fire Company, led by Chief Keith Hawes, responded and found that the fire, sparked by a faulty woodstove chimney, had extended into the walls of the home.

Firefighters, assisted by volunteers from Clarence Center and Newstead, brought the fire under control at 8:16 p.m.

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