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Victim of fatal shooting on Eller Avenue identified

Buffalo police late Sunday identified the man who died in a shooting incident Saturday night on Eller Avenue that wounded two other men.

The victim was Marcus Bellamy, 42, of Buffalo, police reported. Bellamy had been driven in a private vehicle to Erie County Medical Center, where the two other victims -- identified by police as Kenneth Canty Jr., 23, and Raymond Johnson, 33, both from Buffalo -- were treated and released.

They were struck when gunfire erupted in the 100 block of Eller, in the Schiller Park area, at about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, police said.

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Motorcyclist injured in accident identified

A man seriously injured Saturday night in a motorcycle accident on Niagara Street at Potomac Avenue was identified Sunday by Buffalo police as Merrill McCloskey, 48.

McCloskey, whose 8-year-old son was a passenger on the motorcycle, is listed in critical condition in the trauma ICU at Erie County Medical Center. The boy was taken to Women & Children's Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries.

The accident was reported at 9:40 p.m. Investigators believe an SUV heading south on Niagara turned in front of McCloskey, who was heading north. Police said charges are pending.

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Boater who disappeared in Erie Canal is sought

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Police were searching the Erie Canal on Sunday night after a boater disappeared into the waters near the Dockside Inn, 153 Sweeney St.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. after a group of adults, who were on a small power craft, began yelling that someone had gone into the water and had not resurfaced, said a waitress at the Dockside Inn.

The young man had been on the boat's side ladder, the waitress said. Several of his fellow boaters jumped in the water to try and locate him but were not successful, the waitress said.

There is a small current in the spot where the man was last seen, the waitress said.

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Woman, 47, is struck by train, seriously injured

WELLAND, Ont. -- A 47-year-old woman was hospitalized with serious injuries after she was struck by a train here early Sunday, Niagara Regional Police report.

The accident was reported at 7:40 a.m. on the Canadian National Railway tracks in the area of Carl and Darby roads, police said. The woman was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital for treatment.

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Thieves loot house of jailed Falls man

NIAGARA FALLS -- While a man was in jail for the past three months, thieves looted his house of just about everything, including sculptures, paintings and copper plumbing.

Police said the 14th Street home was entered through a basement window. The break-in was not discovered until the victim, who was released from jail Saturday, discovered water leaking from the severed pipes and nearly $8,000 worth of belongings missing. Items stolen included two beds, an antique bathtub, a television, two DVD players, a stove and refrigerator, washer and dryer, five-piece kitchen set, stereo, computer and printer and a microwave oven.

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Crash leads to DWI charge for Williamsville driver

A Williamsville man was charged with driving while intoxicated, imprudent speed and following too closely after a crash at about 7 p.m. Friday in Clarence, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Ryan P. Maher, 20, was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 percent when he crashed at Salt and Clarence Center roads, deputies said.

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Boy loses his bicycle in knifepoint robbery

A boy was robbed of his bicycle at knifepoint Friday in the city's Kensington neighborhood, Northeast District police said.

The victim told police he was riding near Fennimore Avenue and Orleans Street when he stopped to "fix his pants" and was approached by a teenage male who tried to pull him from his bike. When the victim fought back, the attacker pulled out a kitchen knife and made off with the bike, police said.

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Justice says letter led to sentence of probation

LOCKPORT -- State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said last week that a heartfelt letter from the defendant's husband persuaded him not to incarcerate a four-time drunken driver.

Instead, he placed Debra A. LaClair, 56, of Langdon Road, Lewiston, on five years' probation, including one year of electronic home monitoring, with fines and surcharges totaling $1,555, plus $240 a month for the monitoring equipment.

LaClair, a grandmother of three, was arrested Sept. 21 in Niagara Falls and pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated.

Kloch did impose a one-year Niagara County Jail term on six-time drunken driver Donald T. Trznadel, 62, of Rockland Avenue, Clarence, for a felony DWI plea that covered two arrests in the Town of Lockport on Oct. 19 and Nov. 8.