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Maryland St. man attacked by gang of at least 15

A Maryland Street man was attacked by a gang of at least 15 men early Saturday.

The attack occurred at around 2:37 a.m. on Franklin Street between Tupper and Edward streets.

The victim told police he knew some of the assailants who kicked and punched him, causing him to pass out. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center for minor injuries, including swelling and bruises to his face.


Pennsylvania woman dies in fiery Limestone crash

LIMESTONE -- A fiery crash in Cattaraugus County killed a Pennsylvania woman Friday night.

The crash occurred shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Route 219 in the Village of Limestone, less than a mile from the Pennsylvania border.

The vehicle struck a guardrail, careened over an embankment and struck a tree, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office said. A passer-by helped the driver, Lanny C. Holly, to escape before flames engulfed the vehicle.

But Holly's wife, Carol D. Holly, 53, was trapped in the vehicle. The Rixford, Pa., woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Her husband was hospitalized, but officials had no information on the extent of his injuries. Police are still investigating and charges are pending.


Woman, 27, stabbed; police arrest boyfriend

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A Niagara Falls, Ont., man was arrested Saturday on charges that he stabbed his girlfriend during an argument, Niagara Regional Police said.

Police said they were notified at 7:30 a.m. that staff at Douglas Memorial Hospital in Fort Erie were treating a 27-year-old female patient for a stab wound. The victim initially was uncooperative with police, but officers later learned that she argued with her boyfriend earlier in the night at a Forsythe Street residence.

The victim was stabbed in the back during the fight and, after being treated in Douglas Memorial, was transferred to St. Catharines General Hospital for further care. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Officers arrested the boyfriend at his place of employment in Niagara Falls, Ont. Volvick Louisius, 32, is charged with aggravated assault and assault with a weapon.


Vacant East Side house to be torn down after fire

A vacant East Side house will be torn down after flames raced through the structure early Saturday.

Crews responded to a fire at 125 Sweet Ave. south of Broadway. The call came in at 12:21 a.m.

There were no injuries, but the 2 1/2 -story structure sustained $35,000 in damage. A Fire Department dispatcher said an emergency demolition has been ordered. The cause remains under investigation.


Logger, 79, dies as tree strikes him accidentally

PIKE -- A 79-year-old man died after the tree that he was harvesting in the woods near his home accidentally struck him, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

Harold M. Wagner was unresponsive when he was found near his East Koy Road home at 5:11 p.m. Friday, according to sheriff's deputies.

Wagner, a longtime logger, was in the woods alone attempting to harvest a large ash tree. Deputies believe the tree fell unexpectedly, the butt end striking Wagner in the chest.

An emergency crew took Wagner to Wyoming County Community Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Pike Fire Department assisted at the scene and the investigation is continuing.


Man stabbed to death, two others hospitalized

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- One man was killed and two others injured after being stabbed early Saturday in front of a large gathering of people, Niagara Regional Police said.

The victim was identified as Michael Shane Day, 20, of Fonthill, Ont., died shortly after 2:30 a.m. An autopsy is planned for today.

Police on patrol in downtown St. Catharines were told at 1:15 a.m. that a man had been stabbed and needed immediate assistance on St. Paul Street between Queen and James streets. Officers found the first victim and later learned that a second victim in the area had been stabbed and required medical care. The two men were treated at the scene and taken by ambulance to a hospital for further care. Soon after, a third stabbing victim was en route to the hospital.

The injuries of the other two victims were not considered life-threatening.


Upset Wal-Mart worker damages shopping carts

BATAVIA -- An Elba man who was apparently unhappy with his employer -- the Batavia Super Wal-Mart -- was arrested Friday afternoon for driving while intoxicated after smashing some shopping carts with his car, state police said.

Segio Mejia, 22, became upset over "some work-related issues" and allegedly drove drunk to the store parking lot where he crashed his car into a shopping cart carrier that pushed it into another car, troopers said. Mejia's car then struck a fence.

It was unclear whether he was working at the time of the incident.

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