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Driver listed as serious after his SUV rolls over

A Buffalo man was listed in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center after his SUV rolled several times and ejected him about 6:10 a.m. Friday on the outbound Kensington Expressway near Grider Street, Buffalo police said.

The driver was identified as Tyron Aaron, 23, of Sherman Street. Investigators said Aaron's Ford Explorer may have struck an icy spot on the expressway, but they emphasized they weren't sure that was the cause.


Victim of blast remains in critical condition

A Buffalo mother of three remained hospitalized and in critical condition Friday in Erie County Medical Center, three days after a fiery explosion at her house on Warring Avenue.

Fire investigators said Kimberly D. Briggs, 38, was trying to light a pilot to a boiler or water tank Tuesday morning when the fire ripped through the house, knocking out three walls.

Briggs suffered first-, second- and third-degree burns on her arms, face, back and hands but is expected to survive.

Her children -- two girls ages 4 and 17 and a 9-year-old boy who uses a wheelchair -- suffered no apparent injuries. They were examined at Women and Children's Hospital and were released the same day.

The fire remained under investigation Friday. National Fuel workers tested the gas line and found no leaks between the street and the house.


Shooting victim breaks arm fleeing out window

A Norwood Avenue man who was shot in the leg and buttocks inside a Hirschbeck Street home late Thursday night jumped out a first-floor window to escape and broke his left arm in the fall, Ferry-Fillmore District said.

John Jackson, 34, told police that three men entered the house on Hirschbeck off Broadway, and started shooting at him at about 11:45 p.m. Jackson was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Friday.

The victim told police that the three shooters fled from the scene in a black Pontiac Grand Am.


Woman shows knife in robbing gas station

Cheektowaga police were searching Friday for a woman who held up a Kwik Fill gas station at Broadway and Harlem Road with a knife on Thursday.

At about 1:45 p.m. Thursday, the knife-wielding robber approached a clerk at the front counter of the gas station and said: "I know you have a panic button. I don't want you to use it. I just want the money."

The clerk handed over some cash and the woman looked out the front door, ran out and fled in a maroon car, heading west on Broadway.

The clerk said she believed the thief had been to the store before. Police planned to review surveillance video.


Shuttle van is stolen from auto service shop

Total damage is expected to exceed $10,000, after burglars destroyed a garage bay door and stole a shuttle van belonging to a Niagara Street auto service shop late Thursday night, Central District police said Friday.

Police responded to an 11:24 p.m. alarm at Goodyear Auto Service, 370 Niagara St. Besides destroying the bay door, the thieves also broke numerous windows on other doors, police said.


Fire in parked car spreads to rear cottage

A fire that started in a car parked in front of a rear cottage on Plymouth Avenue spread into the cottage itself about 6:20 p.m. Thursday, causing $12,000 damage, Buffalo fire officials said Friday.

The fire at 513 Plymouth caused an estimated $2,000 damage to the building, $5,000 to the contents and another $5,000 to the vehicle. The cause remains under investigation.


'Disoriented' man found in car is sent to ECMC

WILSON -- A Newfane man was being evaluated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center on Friday night after being found at the wheel of his car in a field about 75 feet from the intersection of New Road and B Street in the Dorwood Village mobile home park.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies said Aaron Washburn, 20, was "disoriented" at the scene. They had received a call at 3:28 p.m., reporting a semiconscious man in a car.

The Sheriff's Office said Washburn had no apparent injuries, and there was no damage to his car. Washburn was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight helicopter.


Deputy charges woman after avoiding collision

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown woman was charged with drunken driving early Thursday after police said she nearly collided with a patrol car.

Paige Walter, 22, was charged with failure to yield the right of way, driving while intoxicated. She will appear in Jamestown City Court at a later date.

A Chautauqua County sheriff's deputy said he was eastbound on Fifth Street in Jamestown around 1:30 a.m. and approaching the intersection with Fulton Street, when Walter nearly collided with him. The deputy said he had to brake suddenly to avoid a collision with Walter's vehicle.

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