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Fast-moving fire rips through barn in Wilson

WILSON -- A Lake Street barn was destroyed as fire ripped through the structure at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

The 60-by-80-foot barn at 610 Lake was in flames by the time Wilson firefighters arrived, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. The barn and its contents were declared a total loss. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

South Wilson and Miller Hose fire companies assisted.

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Driver killed in crash of pickup is identified

CAMBRIA -- Niagara County sheriff's officials identified the driver of a pickup who was killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday night as Richard Dunn. His age and address were not released.

Three passengers in the other vehicle involved remained hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center.

Ashley Wallace, who was the most seriously hurt, was in the trauma intensive care unit Saturday. Terrence Hardy and John Davis Jr. were listed in fair condition. The driver of that car, Shyla Houston, was not hospitalized.

The crash occurred at about 9:15 p.m., when Dunn, who was eastbound on Route 31, lost control of his pickup and hit the oncoming vehicle head-on, authorities said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Medina man is accused of running meth lab

SHELBY -- A 10-month investigation by the Orleans County Major Felony Task Force led to a raid on a methamphetamine lab on Telegraph Road and the arrest of a Medina man, officials said.

Michael E. Daniels, 44, was charged with two counts each of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and one count of criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine.

He was arraigned in Shelby Town Court and was committed to Orleans County Jail without bail.

A warrant was issued for William G. Neff, 38, who had lived in Orleans County when the investigation began. He is in prison in Alabama on charges related to manufacturing meth.

The raid was conducted Thursday. Officials found about 10 grams of meth and an array of supplies used to produce the drug.

Participating in the raid in addition to the task force were the Niagara County Drug Task Force and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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Bartender, store clerk charged during decoy sting

WHEATFIELD -- A bartender and convenience store clerk are accused of selling alcohol to underage decoys in a sting run by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and State Police.

Assisted by agents from the State Liquor Authority, officers fanned out across Niagara County between 7 p.m. and midnight Friday, attempting to make purchases using underage agents. In all, seven convenience stores and two bars -- each targeted by the SLA -- were checked.

Natalie Marino, 33, of Wheatfield, is accused of selling a six-pack of beer to the decoy at the Citgo store on River Road, deputies said. Jassy D. Hejza, 31, of Wilson, is accused of selling alcohol to a minor while working at the Lighthouse Grill, Olcott. Both were charged with misdemeanor counts of prohibited sales and unlawfully dealing with a child.

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Dogs run free as plants are plucked out by vandals

NIAGARA FALLS -- Who let the dogs out? A 78th Street man was the victim of vandals employing just that ruse Friday evening and neighborhood youths are suspected, police said.

The victim was working in his front yard about 7 p.m. when someone freed his dogs from the backyard, police said. While rounding up the dogs, police added, someone pulled up 25 landscaping plants from the victim's front yard. The loss was placed at about $100.

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Fall from fifth floor kills West Side woman

A woman fell five stories to her death Saturday afternoon outside a Lower West Side apartment.

The woman -- believed to be in her late 40s -- was found dead on the ground at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday outside the Shoreline Apartments, 200 Niagara St.

The woman was in a fifth-floor apartment, according to Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

"Detectives are not clear if she was pushed, or if she jumped or she slipped and fell," DeGeorge said.

The investigation is continuing. Police are awaiting results of the autopsy.

Meanwhile, police are asking anyone with information to call the confidential tip line at 847-2255, text a tip to 847-2255 or report a tip online at www.bpdny.org.