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>Teen dies after jumping out of canoe in lake

RUSHFORD LAKE -- A 17-year-old Rochester youth died after he and another teen jumped out of a canoe Tuesday afternoon on Rushford Lake, state police based in Allegany County said.

The victim, identified as Shumar Rucker, was canoeing with another youth, also 17, when they panicked after their canoe became caught in the current near a dam and both jumped into the water.

Rucker's friend, who was not identified, swam to shore. Rucker, however, went under the water about 50 feet from shore, troopers said.

State Police divers found Rucker in about 20 feet of water at about 3:35 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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>Sheriff's deputy injured at scene of house fire

ALBION -- An Orleans County sheriff's deputy was treated in a Medina hospital and released Tuesday after he was injured when he and another deputy responded to an afternoon house fire on Clarendon Road in Albion, Orleans County officials reported.

The two deputies initially were responding to a "panic alarm" at about 2 p.m. at 3727 Clarendon Road. They found the one-story home on fire and called for firefighters to respond.

Because the initial call was for the "panic alarm," which is manually activated, the deputies believed there may have been people trapped inside. They broke a window and entered the burning building.

After a search of the home, it was found to be vacant.

The fire apparently was sparked by the careless use of a propane heater. The homeowners returned while firefighters were still at the scene.

Damage estimates are still being tabulated.

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>Wilson student charged with striking bus driver

WILSON -- A 16-year-old Wilson High School student was charged with assault and disorderly conduct by Niagara County sheriff's deputies Monday, suspected of using profanity and striking a bus driver with her cell phone.

The bus driver said she was on Lake Road at 2:30 p.m., when an 11th-grader was being loud and disruptive, and was told to be quiet and sit down.

The driver told deputies that when she approached Lake and Noble drives, the girl began to walk to the front of the bus swearing and said she wanted to be let off the bus. The driver said the girl hit her hand that was on the handle opening the door, continued to yell at her and then struck her hand with a cell phone.

The student was located by deputies at her home on Noble Drive and charged.

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