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Gov. George E. Pataki Friday distributed more than $2.3 million in flood disaster aid for storm damage suffered last spring and summer.

Payments were made to 84 municipalities in New York. The 2000 storms caused intense flooding and wind damage, resulting in a federal disaster declaration for 28 New York counties.

Payments included:

Erie County: Amherst, $50,175; Erie County Bureau of Forestry, $23,819; Town of Boston, $41,594; Eden, $325; and Buffalo, $21,367.

Niagara County: Youngstown, $905; Niagara-Wheatfield Central School District, $57,303; City of Lockport, $11,707; and Town of Newfane, $21,691.

Fire destroys mobile home, injures man

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A smoldering blanket was the apparent cause of a blaze late Thursday that destroyed a double-wide mobile home and sent one man to the hospital.

Emiele Boivin, 69, of 5 Expressway Village, was listed in satisfactory condition Friday evening at Mount St. Mary's Hospital where he was being treated for smoke inhalation, a hospital official said.

An estimated $40,000 damage was done to the mobile home and another $30,000 to $40,000 to its contents, Niagara Active Hose Fire Chief Robert Jasper Sr. said.

The fire broke out at about 10:11 p.m., about six hours after Boivin's wife, Theresa, 67, threw a smoldering blanket on top of some cardboard boxes on her porch. The boxes caught fire and the flames quickly spread, Jasper said.

"It was accidental. She said she put the blanket in her microwave to warm it up (earlier that evening). It smelled like it was burnt when she got it out, so she put it on the porch. Six hours later, the fire started," Jasper said.

Jasper said about 30 volunteer firefighters from his fire company and the Niagara No. 1 Fire Company extinguished the blaze.

Masked robber takes $500 at gunpoint

NIAGARA FALLS -- Detectives are searching for a masked bandit who stole $500 from the security guard house at Carbide Graphite Group, 4816 Packard Road, police said Friday.

The robber entered the back door of the small building at about 7:15 p.m. Thursday, held the guard inside at gunpoint and helped himself to the cash, Detective John Olander said Friday. The thief was wearing a blue ski mask and a dark brown hooded sweat shirt.

The money is kept in the guard house to reimburse company employees for food vouchers they obtain when they have to buy lunch at the plant while staying to work overtime, Olander said.

Driver with flat tire faces DWI charge

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man caught driving on the wrong side of Cleveland Avenue with a flat tire was charged with driving while intoxicated at 12:58 a.m. Friday, police said.

Kevin T. Hershelman, 44, of Kenmore Avenue, also was charged with failure to keep right and having unsafe tires.

$3,000 in jewelry taken from apartment

NIAGARA FALLS -- About $3,400 in property, mostly jewelry, was stolen during a break-in sometime between Feb. 3 and Thursday at an apartment on Weston Avenue, police said Friday.

Two sisters said their second-floor apartment door was forced open and $3,000 in necklaces, rings, bracelets, charms and earrings were stolen. A videocassette recorder, a portable compact disc player and a piggy bank containing $100 also were stolen, police said.

Man charged in sex incident with girl, 14

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Cleveland Avenue man accused of having sex with a 14-year-old girl was arrested here Friday, police said.

RodriguseWinn, 27, was charged with third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child at 2:30 p.m. He is accused of having sex with the girl on Nov. 23 in the city's North End, Detective Patricai McCune said.

Man reports being attacked by two

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Hyde Park Boulevard resident suffered injuries to his back, legs and head when he was attacked by two men at 11:30 p.m. Thursday at Hyde Park Boulevard and Tennessee Avenue, police said.

The 19-year-old man said that the pair knocked him to the ground, kicked him about the head, face, back and legs, and one hit him in the face with a pistol, Officer Daniel Bird said. The man was treated at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Detective James Lincoln is investigating.

Man charged with punching bar patron

LOCKPORT -- A man was charged with assault after he was accused of punching a Buffalo man in the eye Friday at Gonzo's Bar, 11 Main St., police said.

Anthony Ciarfella 23, of Ben Way, was arrested. The injured man was released after treatment at Lockport Memorial Hospital, Lt. Michael Neithe said.

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