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Woman riding bicycle in Falls hit by car

NIAGARA FALLS -- A female bicyclist was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center with serious injuries after being hit by a car at 19th Street and Pine Avenue at 8:25 Tuesday night.

Niagara Falls police remained at the scene late Tuesday and did not provide further information.


Severely burned boy, 6, dies of his injuries

The 6-year-old boy severely burned when he kicked a can of paint thinner into a smoldering bonfire on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation on April 10 has died of his injuries, Niagara County officials confirmed.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was badly burned from the waist down but initially was expected to survive. He was being treated in a specialty burn unit at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, where he died Sunday, deputies said.

He was badly burned at about 2:15 p.m. April 10 in the 5000 block of Walmore Road. Mercy Flight initially took him to Women & Children's Hospital, which transferred him to Cincinnati.

Sheriff's deputies and Lewiston police said the boy apparently had gone into a neighbor's backyard and kicked the can of accelerant into a fire that was left smoldering from the previous night, only to have the fire flash up at him.


Newfane man arrested on drug possession charges

A Newfane man was arrested on drug charges by the Erie County Sheriff's Narcotics Bureau on Tuesday night while deputies were set up off Transit Road in Clarence during an investigation of other drug dealing in the same area.

Raymond C. Swanson, 57, of Coomer Road, was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on felony drug possession charges following his arrest on Transit Road near Millersport Highway at about 7:05 p.m., a sheriff's official said.

Senior Detective Alan Rozansky, head of the Narcotics Squad, said Swanson caught the attention of several deputies on a stakeout when his car "came flying down the road" off Millersport onto Transit a few minutes earlier. Swanson was stopped on Transit, and a large quantity of Oxycontin and hydrocodone was seized from his car, Rozansky said.


Town of Lockport fire causes 16 to evacuate

Sixteen people were left temporarily homeless late Monday when a fire in a Town of Lockport apartment building caused heavy smoke damage, Niagara County sheriff's officials reported.

Deputy David Ganz rushed to the apartments at 6594 Dysinger Road after the Sheriff's Office received a fire alarm from the Amherst alarm office shortly after 10:20 p.m.

The deputy entered the building, found the fire in Apartment 8, made sure the resident there was safely out of the building and checked other apartments before the smoke drove him back outside, authorities said.

Volunteer firefighters from Rapids and South Lockport responded, putting out the fire and evacuating the rest of the residents.

Officials worked Tuesday to pinpoint the cause, and no damage estimate was released.

The Red Cross was called to assist 13 adults and three children routed from their apartments, although firefighters managed to confine the blaze to one apartment.


Falls delivery driver robbed at knifepoint

NIAGARA FALLS -- A delivery driver escaped injury when he was robbed at knifepoint by two men inside an apartment building at the 1900 block of Falls Street on Monday night.

The 45-year-old victim, a driver for Submasters on Pine Avenue, told police that he was called to make a delivery at the Falls Street location at 11 p.m. He said when he arrived he called a phone number for the delivery and a woman told him to come inside the building.

Once inside, the victim said, he was attacked by two men who put a knife to his back and demanded all his money. The thieves then went through his pockets and took approximately $70 in cash and his cellphone, he told police.

The victim said the thieves told him, "We know you got more. Let's go to your car and get it." After searching the car they did not find anything and then fled south down 19th Street and then east through an alley.


Guilty plea entered to two burglaries

LOCKPORT -- A Hartland man pleaded guilty Tuesday to burglaries at a Town of Lockport home and a Middleport Laundromat.

Thomas N. Sullivan, 22, of Quaker Road, was admitted to the judicial division program of court-supervised drug treatment. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said Sullivan's charges will be reduced to a single misdemeanor if he succeeds in treatment.

But if not, he faces a maximum 11-year prison sentence on his pleas to third-degree and attempted third-degree burglary.

Sullivan and Amanda J. Swan, 25, of Drum Road, Hartland, were charged with entering a home on Upper Mountain Road in Lockport on Nov. 7. At about 4:30 a.m. Nov. 8, they entered the Sher-Wash laundry on Telegraph Road in Middleport and broke into a room containing a coin-changing machine, which was stolen, Sullivan told the judge.