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Funds set up for 2 who survived fire

Two funds have been set up for donations to help the Hamburg family of James R. Carney, whose wife and three children died in a fire last week.

The father and one daughter, Terry, 18, survived. Waun Carney, Patty, 16, Diane, 14, and 3-year-old Jimmy Jr. died in the fire at their home on Niles Avenue.

Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations in Buffalo has set up one fund. James Carney's sister is an office manager at the ILR School. Donations can be directed to: Carney Family Fund, c/o Cornell University ILR, 237 Main St., Buffalo, N.Y. 14203 or any M&T Bank branch.

For information, call Cornell in Buffalo at 852-4191 during business hours.

Orchard Park Middle School, where Diane Carney was a student, has also set up a fund to help the family. Donations can be sent to Orchard Park Middle School/Carney Fund at 60 S. Lincoln Ave., Orchard Park, N.Y. 14127.

Man charged with child endangerment

A Lockport man arrested Saturday is accused of leaving his infant daughter alone in a pickup truck for more than 45 minutes, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

John W. Barnwell III, 39, of High Street, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly left the baby in his truck in subfreezing temperatures while shopping at Niagara County Produce on Transit Road in Clarence.

After responding to a report of the baby being left alone, sheriff's Deputy Richard Baran found Barnwell inside the market and arrested him.

Barnwell was taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $300 bail. The infant was examined by paramedics and determined to be unharmed, authorities said, and was turned over to a grandfather.

Fire damage to business is $250,000

A possible short-circuit in an electrical box may have caused a $250,000 fire at a Main Street business in Amherst early Saturday, authorities said.

Most of the fire, which started in the basement of Lamorticella Design at 6512 Main St., was extinguished within 10 minutes of firefighters' arrival at the business at 12:58 a.m., according to Amherst fire officials.

The business supplies decorations and furnishings to area restaurants, fire officials said, adding that there was a large inventory of antiques in the building. No injuries were reported.

Man accused in fists, frying pan assault

A Bushnell Street man struck his girlfriend in the head and neck with his fists and a frying pan Saturday morning, authorities said.

Daniel D. Staszak, 31, of the first block of Bushnell, was charged with second-degree assault in the 1:15 a.m. attack on Patty A. Czemerys, also of Bushnell, according to South District Officers James Kennedy and Ann Vanyo.

Czemerys, 31, was treated in Erie County Medical Center. Staszak was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

MDA names Lipke executive of the year

Brian J. Lipke, chairman and chief executive officer of Gibraltar Steel Corp., was honored as Executive of the Year by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Western New York at a black-tie gala on Saturday.

Lipke became head of Gibraltar Steel in 1992 and has overseen the company's growth with nearly $700 million in annual sales, and 3,500 employees in 54 locations in the United States and Mexico. Lipke, of Derby, is a member of 12 community service organizations and serves on boards including Daemen College and the YMCA of Greater Buffalo.

Falls detective to testify in Canada

NIAGARA FALLS -- City Detective Frank Coney will be in Nova Scotia from Feb. 26 to March 2 to testify against former city resident William C. Shrubsall.

Coney said he was asked last week by Crown prosecutors to appear in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, Halifax, at Shrubsall's dangerous-offender hearing. The hearing is being held to determine whether Shrubsall, convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in Halifax in May 1998 and beating a store clerk with a baseball bat there in February 1998, should remain in jail indefinitely because of his history.

Coney said his testimony will involve his investigation into the death of Shrubsall's mother. Shrubsall beat her to death with a baseball bat in 1988. Shrubsall had been living in Halifax under the assumed name of Ian Thor Green before his discovery in July 1998.

Man charged in crash, theft of vehicle

An East Aurora man faces several charges after he crashed his vehicle early Saturday on Two Rod Road in Marilla, then stole another vehicle, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Joseph G. Scott, 33, is charged with driving while intoxicated, criminal possession of a controlled substance, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a property damage accident in connection with the incident, which occurred before 5:45 a.m. Saturday.

Deputies Paul O'Brien and Rick Albert said Scott apparently fled his vehicle after hitting a utility pole, then stole a vehicle from a nearby residence. Deputies said they stopped Scott, who was driving north on Two Rod without headlights on.

Scott, they said, was found with crack cocaine and a crack pipe on him, and refused to submit to a chemical test. Authorities also determined Scott was also wanted by the state police for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in the Town of Warsaw. He was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center.

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