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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 overnight at the Brookside Beach Campground on Route 5, deputies said later Sunday.

Deputies 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.

Bischoff was taken to Erie County Medical Center, and an autopsy will be conducted today in the Erie County Medical Examiner's Office.

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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 at the scene ordered a postmortem examination to be conducted today in Hamilton General Hospital.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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2 drivers face charges in Chautauqua County cases

Two motorists face criminal charges in connection with recent incidents in Chautauqua County, state police reported Sunday.

Bryan Bobo, 19, of Waverly, Ohio, was charged with possession of stolen property and marijuana possession after a trooper reported that he spotted Bobo driving a stolen car on Route 60 in Ellicott on June 4.

Travis Logan, 28, of Cherry Creek, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated June 5, after a trooper pulled him over on Main Street in Cherry Creek. Police said that Loan failed several field sobriety tests and added that his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.18 percent, more than double the legal limit.

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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 are 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, police said.

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. The name of the third girl, who was not hurt, was not released.

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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.

Several police cars were present on Herkimer from Ferguson to Breckenridge streets, and the road was closed, for more than an hour after the shooting. Crime scene tape surrounded the house and officers from the crime scene unit laid down cones behind the house.

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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.