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Wellsville man identified as victim of apartment fire

WELLSVILLE -- Authorities identified a man killed Friday in a fire at a village apartment as Richard Dinger, 70.

In addition, Allegany County Fire Service and Wellsville police officials said that Georganna Payne, 68, was rescued from the same apartment.

She was in the intensive care unit at Jones Memorial Hospital Saturday.

More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze at 262 East Dyke St. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Four peacocks perish in Clarence Center fire

Four peacocks were killed when a Clarence Center trailer caught fire in Saturday's bitter cold weather, fire officials said.

Satnam Basra had heated the snowmobile-type trailer with a couple of light bulbs to keep the peacocks warm, Chief Michael Rogowski of the Clarence Center Fire Company reported.

Heat from the bulbs ignited the trailer, which also had hay inside.

Firefighters, called at around 3:45 p.m., were able to contain the flames before they seriously damaged the house at 5685 Shimerville Road. Rogowski estimated the loss at $30,000.

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Le Roy man facing aggravated DWI charge

STAFFORD -- A Le Roy man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated following a crash shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday on Byron Road.

Cody Niccloy, 19, also was charged with two traffic violations during the incident, in the 7900 block of Byron. Genesee County sheriff's officials said his blood-alcohol level was .18 percent.

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Residents seek cover as bullets pepper home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Residents scrambled for cover early Saturday when a Centre Avenue home was riddled with gunfire, police said.

No one was injured, though police counted 11 bullet holes in walls, doors and windows of the home, recovering eight .40-caliber handgun shells in the street outside and two in the home.

The residents told police they heard the gunfire just after 6 a.m., and a front storm door window was shattered. A man sleeping in a first-floor bedroom told police he had to dive to the floor as six bullets ripped into the wall. Another bullet narrowly missed a man in an upstairs bedroom, police added,

Police were unsure of the motive for the shooting. An investigation is continuing.

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Amherst man, 21, suffers critical injuries in crash

A 21-year-old Amherst man suffered critical injuries Saturday morning when his car struck a tree on Red Oak Drive, Amherst police said.

Louis Callari was eastbound on Red Oak at about 1:44 a.m. when he lost control of his 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree.

Getzville firefighters extricated Callari from his car. He was initially transported to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital before he was transferred to Erie County Medical Center.

The Amherst Police Accident Investigation Unit was probing the crash.

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Man shot in the face in Fruit Belt encounter

A man was shot in the face Friday evening in the Fruit Belt district, police said.

The victim was in the 100 block of Lemon Street at about 6 p.m. when he was approached from behind by someone who fired a small-caliber weapon at him.

The bullet struck the victim in the right side of the face and exited through his right eye.

The man was rushed by Rural/Metro ambulance services to Erie County Medical Center. His condition was not known Saturday.

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Eight robbed by gunmen in violent home invasion

Eight people were the victims of a home invasion and robbery overnight in South Buffalo, police said.

At about 1 a.m., a man with a handgun forced his way into a home in the 300 block of Mystic Street. A man who was inside the house began struggling with the gunman.

Then a second robber, also armed with a handgun, came into the house and demanded everyone inside to put their cell phones, purses and wallets on the table and to get down on the floor face down.

During the course of the robbery, one man was pistol-whipped and a second was struck in the right eye.

In addition to the cell phones and money, the robbers took hunting rifles that belonged to one of the victims, but they were later recovered in the driveway. The robbers fled in a black car headed north on Hopkins Street.

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Authorities confiscate counterfeit $50 bills

NEWFANE -- Two counterfeit $50 bills were confiscated from a Dale Road man who told Niagara County sheriff's deputies he may have received them in private transactions.

Deputies said the man sold some appliances and an all-terrain vehicle in December and early January, paid with cash that was passed along to another man, who, when he learned the money was bogus, contacted authorities.