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Two girls struck by car in Amherst listed as critical

Amherst police are continuing to investigate a Maple Road accident that left two teenagers critically injured Saturday night.

Police Sunday released the identities of the two girls -- Erin Suszynski and Briana Francios. Officers said each of the girls is 13 and from Amherst.

Briana is in Erie County Medical Center, and Erin is in Women & Childrens Hospital. Both were listed in critical condition, Police Capt. Patrick M. McKenna said.

According to McKenna, witnesses told police that Briana, Erin and a third girl crossed Maple Road near Millard Fillmore Hospital at about 7:25 p.m. Saturday.

The girls stopped at a center median, and then Briana and Erin "darted across the eastbound lanes of Maple into the path of a Jeep," McKenna said. The Jeep, driven by Maria E. Hoelzl, 50, of the Town of Tonawanda, struck and injured the two girls.

An on-duty police officer, Thomas Moss, witnessed the crash while stopped at the intersection of Maple and Culpepper Road. He filed no charges against the motorist.

Senior Accident Investigator Kelly Seier is continuing the investigation.

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2 youths sought in shooting that left man badly injured

Buffalo police are seeking two youths who rode off on their bikes after a shooting Sunday afternoon on Herkimer Street.

Neighbors said they heard a commotion before a gunshot at about 4:30 p.m. behind the house at 125 Herkimer. One neighbor said she called 911 upon hearing the shot.

The victim, who was shot in the abdomen, was taken to Erie County Medical Center with what police called life-threatening injuries.

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Police probing death of man in fall off campground cliff

WESTFIELD -- The Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of an Orchard Park man who fell off a cliff at a campground Sunday near the Lake Erie shoreline.

The apparent accident occurred early Sunday at the Brookside Beach Campground on Route 5, deputies said. They are investigating the possibility that Paul Bischoff, 48, accidentally lost his footing in the dark and fell off a 40-foot cliff to a beach area, where his body was found.

An autopsy will be conducted today in the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.

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Police probe shooting of two women on Erb St.

Buffalo police Sunday were investigating the overnight shootings of two women who were struck by gunfire on Erb Street in an East Side neighborhood.

The two victims, identified as Delishia Wilson and Adrianne Taylor, were injured shortly after 3:40 a.m., Northeast District police reported.

Wilson was shot in the back, and Taylor in the back of her head, but the injuries were not serious, police said. The victims were treated in Erie County Medical Center and released. As many as three people were involved, firing an estimated five to six shots, police said.

Erb Street runs off East Delavan Avenue near Eggert Road.

Police asked anyone with information about the shootings to call or text the Buffalo Police Confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255.

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Woman held in stabbing during domestic incident

A Buffalo woman was in police custody Sunday following a stabbing in the 1900 block of Genesee Street.

A police spokesman said the stabbing occurred at about 3:20 p.m. during a domestic incident between family members.

The male victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where surgery was performed. His condition was unavailable late Sunday.

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Drunken Grand Island man falls asleep in wrong house

NEWSTEAD -- State police said they arrested a Grand Island man early Sunday after he accidentally walked into the wrong house and flopped onto the couch for a snooze.

Lee A. Schuster, 20, was charged with criminal trespass after troopers were called to a home on North Millgrove Road at 4:30 a.m.

The homeowners said they called police after finding Schuster, whom they did not know, asleep on their couch and were unable to wake him, police said.

According to troopers, Schuster was "highly intoxicated" and told police he somehow thought he had walked into a friend's home on Grand Island, which is more than 25 miles from Newstead.

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St. Catharines man, 18, dies in fall at Crystal Beach pier

FORT ERIE -- An 18-year-old St. Catharines man fell from a flagpole about 30 feet to his death Sunday afternoon at the Crystal Beach Pier.

Niagara Regional Police said Clayton Wismer fell from the pole at the end of the pier, hitting concrete and ending up in the waters of Lake Erie.

Several people rushed into the water to get Wismer back onto the pier, located at 475 Ridgeway Road.

Wismer died at the scene, according to officers. A coroner ordered a postmortem examination to be conducted in Hamilton General Hospital.