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Fire at three-family home routs six people in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Six people were routed by a fire that ripped through their three-family house late Monday on 23rd Street, city fire officials reported.

Firefighters responded to an 11:50 p.m. alarm at 432 23rd St., where the fire broke out in a second-floor bedroom, fire officials said. The cause remains under investigation.

The blaze left $22,000 damage to the 2 1/2 -story house.

The Red Cross was called to assist two adults and four children.


Falls woman, 34, arrested in prostitution probe

A Niagara Falls woman was arrested by Amherst police on prostitution and drug charges as a result of the department's continuing investigation of alleged prostitution activity in the township, officials announced Tuesday.

Angela K. Cooney, 34, was charged with misdemeanor counts of prostitution, criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic instrument.

Details of Cooney's Monday arrest were not disclosed, nor was the nature of the alleged drug evidence in the case.


Copper theft at Big Lots among rash of similar cases

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Twenty-five feet of live, high-voltage copper wiring was cut and removed from a Big Lots store on South Transit Road on Monday.

A NYSEG employee told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that a store employee called about an outage and he discovered the wiring had been cut and removed from the rear of the building.

The utility worker said the thief caused about $1,000 worth of damage while stealing the wire.

An employee told deputies that an alarm was received at 5:10 a.m., which was likely caused by the damage done to the electrical system.

Police have reported a rash of similar thefts recently, including a break-in at Philpac in Pendleton overnight Monday. The owner told deputies someone cut the fencing and began cutting the 800-amp wiring, but appeared to have stopped when they learned that the wire was not copper.

Live, high-voltage wires also were ripped from the Lockport Plaza on South Transit Road in the City of Lockport on Feb. 2 and April 8, and on Feb. 27 at a Family Dollar on Pine Street in Niagara Falls.

Damage and losses were listed at thousands of dollars in all of the cases.


10th St. man reports theft of copper pipes, radiator

NIAGARA FALLS -- Copper pipes were stolen from a basement in the 400 block of 10th Street between Saturday and Monday, city police reported.

The owner told police he was told by a neighbor Monday that the motion light on his property was not working. When he went to investigate, he found that a basement window was broken and $500 worth of copper pipes were stolen, as well as a heating radiator, valued at $600.

He said the thieves left a heating radiator and gloves near the door, and a plumbing condenser that wasn't his was found in the basement.


Eden High senior injured in accidental shooting

Eden police are investigating the accidental shooting of an 18-year-old Eden High School senior during target practice at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at his Jennings Road home.

Sgt. Shawn Bishop confirmed that the boy, shot in the abdomen, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition in the trauma unit.

Bishop, who said the matter is under investigation, would not comment on reports that the boy was shot by his brother.


Buffalo police make arrests in two separate shootings

A shooting Monday evening at May and Genesee streets and a shooting early last week on Oakmont Avenue have both ended in arrests, Buffalo police said.

Christopher Pratt, 22, of the 1100 block of East Ferry Street, was arrested at an East Lovejoy Street home Tuesday.

He is accused of shooting a 21-year-old man at about 6:15 p.m. Monday.

The victim was treated in Erie County Medical Center and later released. Pratt was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

In the 7:30 p.m. May 15 shooting on the 100 block of Oakmont, Northeast District detectives arrested city resident Quincy Balance, 28, and charged him with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

He allegedly shot a 39-year-old man, who was also treated in ECMC and released.

Buffalo police continue to investigate other recent shootings.


Woman accused of driving into fence, injuring man

A Lackawanna woman is accused of intentionally driving her rental car into a Grider Street man's fence, causing him lower left leg burns and nearly injuring a 5-month-old baby boy in the car with her Saturday morning.

Mesha Hines, 21, of Odell Street, was charged with third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, child endangerment and harassment, police said.