Unattended deep fryer blamed for blaze
NEWFANE -- A fire triggered by an overheated deep fryer caused $10,000 in damage to a home at 3776 Lockport-Olcott Road on Saturday afternoon.
The family -- a couple and three teenage children -- plan to live with relatives until their home can be made livable again, authorities said.
Family members were preparing to cook french fries in a deep fryer on the front porch and left the cooker unattended while they went to a nearby store to buy potatoes. When they returned, the front of the house was in flames.
Deputies said that a neighbor alerted a woman, who fled safely.
Wright's Corners Fire Company fought the fire.
Woman, 93, dies from crash njuries
A 93-year-old Williamsville woman died Saturday after being injured in a two-car crash Thursday at Maple Road and Sprucewood Terrace in Amherst, police said.
Genevieve Samal was a passenger in a car driven by Jane Moskie, 85, of Williamsville, authorities said. Moskie's car was headed west on Maple and turned in front of an eastbound car driven by Ryan P. Messina, 21, of Buffalo, headed east, police said.
Amherst police are continuing their investigation.
Gunfire outside bar critically wounds man
A 25-year-old Buffalo man was critically wounded about 4:10 a.m. Saturday in a shooting in the 300 block of East Delavan.
Detectives believe an argument outside the New Humboldt Inn in the 300 block of East Delavan preceded the shooting
The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.
Police have not released the victim's name.
2 from Grand Island accused of growing pot
Two Grand Island residents are charged with felony drug counts, following an Erie County sheriff's investigation.
Investigators said they discovered an elaborate hydroponics set-up and several marijuana plants being grown at 57 West Park, Grand Island, when they executed a search warrant Friday night.
Ingrid M. Dahlberg, 23, was arrested at the scene.
When deputies later located the owner, Joel Morris, 23, they said he had a large quantity of hydrocodone pills in his possession.
Both are charged with unlawfully growing marijuana and criminal possession of marijuana.
Morris also was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.
Neighbors told investigators that they saw traffic at the residence at all hours of the night and day. Morris told investigators that he was buying pills in Buffalo and selling them on Grand Island.
$90,000 in charges rung up on credit cards
A house guest who helped himself to his roommates' identities faces a likely prison sentence after admitting in federal court Friday that he obtained 17 credit cards in the names of two people he lived with and ran up charges of nearly $90,000.
Sonny D. Nguyen, 27, who now lives in Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of bank fraud when he appeared before Chief District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a maximum prison term of 30 years and a fine of $1 million.
Agents from the United States Postal Service and Secret Service said Nguyen used the names and Social Security numbers of two people he lived with in Buffalo from May 2007 through October 2007.
He will be sentenced Jan. 30.