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Man reportedly fell into Niagara Whirlpool

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Authorities searched the Niagara River Whirlpool Saturday afternoon, after the report of a young man falling into the water.

A witness reported the man falling into the water along the Niagara Glen nature preserve at about 4 p.m., according to Bruce Green, a platoon chief for the Niagara Falls Fire Department.

Crews from both sides of the border searched the waters by boat and helicopter but were unable to find anything, Green said Saturday evening.

The search was called off at about 6:30 p.m.


Female suspect arrested in Allegany bank holdup

ALLEGANY -- State police arrested a 25-year-old woman who allegedly robbed a bank Friday morning.

The Community Bank at 3140 W. State St. was robbed at about 11:15 a.m. Friday.

Troopers based out of Olean said they arrested Katherine A. Hayes, 25, and charged her with first-degree robbery. Hayes was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.


Jamestown man accused in 3 stabbings at party

SHERMAN -- A Jamestown man was charged early Saturday in connection with at least three stabbings that happened during a large party on Waits Corners Road, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Lucas A. Smyczek, 24, of Barrett Avenue in Jamestown, was charged with three counts of felony second-degree assault, officials said. Smyczek was arraigned in Town Court and taken to Chautauqua County Jail without bail.

Sheriff's deputies responded at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday to the report of a fight at the party, where several people had been stabbed and taken to area hospitals. None of the injuries appear life-threatening, authorities said.

Authorities broadcast a description of the suspect -- Smyczek -- whose vehicle was later stopped by Lakewood Busti police.

The investigation is continuing, and further charges are pending.


1 sent to ECMC as 3 blazes keep firefighters busy

Buffalo firefighters tackled three blazes overnight Friday, including a two-alarm house fire on Elmwood Avenue that sent one resident to Erie County Medical Center, officials said.

That fire was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at 353 Elmwood Ave., between Bryant and Summer streets. The fire is believed to have started in the second floor of a three-story multiunit apartment building, and then spread to the third floor. One person was taken to ECMC for treatment of smoke inhalation. Two other adults were assisted by the Red Cross to find shelter for the night. Two firefighters suffered unspecified injuries battling the fire.

Two other fires also were reported.

At about 7:30 p.m. Friday, a garage at 85 Humason Ave. caught fire, causing $5,000 in damage. The flames caused exposure damage to the house at 85 Humason, and two nearby homes. One adult and five children were assisted by the Red Cross.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, a fire started in the kitchen of a two-story house at 90 Barthel St. The fire caused $25,000 in damage. The Red Cross helped an adult and two children from that fire.


Bicyclist who hit ambulance listed in fair condition

A bicyclist who was injured Friday afternoon when he struck an ambulance at Delaware Avenue and Nottingham Terrace was listed in fair condition at Erie County Medical Center Saturday.

Police identified the bicyclist as Michael Lawler of Buffalo.

According to investigators, the Rural/Metro ambulance was southbound on Nottingham and had the green light.

But the bicyclist, apparently trying to cut across Delaware, crashed into the front driver's side of the ambulance.

No charges have been filed in the incident, which remained under investigation.


2 of 4 men who robbed gas station were armed

A Porter Avenue gas station was held up early Saturday by four men, two of whom were armed, police said.

A clerk reported that the foursome went into the Citgo station at 214 Porter at about 1 a.m. One of the gunmen was wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and black sneakers and armed with a silver revolver. The second gunman had on a white hoodie, white T-shirt, tan pants and black and white sneakers. He carried a black handgun.

The robbers fled in a maroon vehicle with about $1,000.