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Woman killed after vehicle rolls over in Cambria

CAMBRIA -- A 29-year-old woman was killed early Sunday in a one-vehicle rollover crash on Saunders Settlement Road near Old Shawnee Road, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office said.

The woman, whose identity was not released, was driving east on Saunders Settlement at about 5:45 a.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line and left the roadway.

She was ejected from the vehicle, and pronounced dead in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, the Sheriff's Office said.

A male passenger suffered minor injuries.

Deputies are withholding the names of those involved, pending notification of family.

Meanwhile, the passengers of a deadly head-on crash Friday on Route 31 appear to be recovering in Erie County Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Ashley Wallace, who was initially taken to the trauma intensive care unit, was listed in serious condition Sunday night. Terrence Hardy was listed in stable condition and John Davis Jr. was treated and released. They were previously listed in fair condition.

The driver of the other vehicle, Richard Dunn, was killed, and the crash remains under investigation.

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Witness to domestic assault attacked by assailant

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man who witnessed a domestic assault early Sunday became another victim when the assailant attacked him, cutting him on the head with a knife, city police said.

A Seventh Street man told police he was emptying trash in his backyard at 2:37 a.m. Sunday when he saw a man assaulting a woman nearby. When the male assailant noticed the man watching, he came over and attacked him, as well, cutting him before fleeing the area.

Police later arrested Michael S. Printup, 30, of Mount Hope Road, Sanborn, on a charge of felony second-degree assault. The victim of the knife attack was not seriously injured, and the female involved in the domestic incident did not cooperate with officers attempting to investigate that incident, according to police reports.

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Alarm may have foiled burglary on College Ave.

NIAGARA FALLS -- A burglar alarm may have scared off an intruder trying to break into a College Avenue home Saturday night, police said.

A front glass door to the home was found smashed at about 8:30 p.m., but police found no sign of anyone inside the home. A man was found wandering in the area a short time later and, after offering conflicting stories as to his presence in the area, was taken to Police Headquarters for further questioning.

Police investigated two other house burglaries on Sunday, including one at a Cedar Avenue home in which more than $5,000 worth of electronics were taken.

A man told police that someone entered his apartment between 4 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 a.m. Sunday, removing four iPhones, an iPad, a laptop computer, a television and an Xbox video game system.

A home in the 2400 block of Ontario Avenue was entered and several hundred dollars worth of damage was done to drywall as copper plumbing was cut from the walls and removed. A water meter was also stolen. Total loss was listed at $1,200.

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Welding accident blamed in blaze that destroyed barn

WILSON -- Saturday's blaze that destroyed a Lake Street barn started as someone tried to weld brackets onto an old truck, according to a Niagara County Sheriff's Office report.

A man who rents a portion of the barn at 610 Lake told the Sheriff's Office the truck ignited as he tried to weld running board brackets on the vehicle.

Frederick Fay, of Ransomville, said the vehicle must have had a fuel leak.

The 60-by-80-foot barn went up in flames at about 4:30 p.m. and was declared a total loss.

In addition to the structure, there were motorcycles, cars, a boat and tools inside valued at about $100,000, property owner David K. Moyer told the Sheriff's Office.

No one was injured in the blaze, sheriff's officials said.

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Buffalo man, 58, charged with felony DWI after chase

A Buffalo man was arrested Saturday and charged with felony driving while intoxicated after a police chase in Amherst, state police said.

Richard J. Ricci, 58, was traveling in the wrong direction on the westbound Sheridan Drive ramp from Transit Road at about 9 p.m. Troopers attempted to pull the vehicle over but Ricci failed to comply and a chase ensued, troopers said.

The pursuit lasted about two miles, as Ricci fled south on Transit and west on Main. He turned onto a dead-end street and was taken into custody without incident, troopers said.

Ricci failed numerous field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test, troopers said. Due to a previous conviction for DWI within the past 10 years, Ricci was charged with felony DWI.

He also was charged with felony aggravated unlicensed operation and reckless endangerment.