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Car crash kills one, injures one

NEWFANE -- A Somerset man was killed and his passenger was badly injured early Saturday when their car hit a tree on Drake Settlement Road.

Henry Brueckner, 48, of Lower Lake Road, died about an hour after the crash in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital. Niagara County Coroner Steven A. Gerhardt said he died of multiple injuries, including head trauma.

The passenger, Arlene J. Smith, 45, whose address was not available, was listed in serious condition with upper leg and hip injuries late Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

The crash occurred at 3:47 a.m. Brueckner, driving east, failed to heed a stop sign at Transit Road and lost control of his car after hitting the brakes, said sheriff's Deputy Timothy E. Callaghan,

Man shot during attempted robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 29-year-old Lewiston man was shot in the foot early Saturday, apparently during an attempted robbery at 19th and Niagara streets, police said.

The victim was listed in fair condition in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. He was injured at 3:42 a.m., after he left work. He was walking on 19th Street when two men approached, grabbed him and demanded money. When he grabbed one of the suspects, he said he "heard a pop sound." A girlfriend took him to the hospital, police said.

Rare coins, wallet stolen from home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Rare coins and a wallet containing $125 in cash were stolen during a burglary between 1 and 7 a.m. Saturday at a Devlin Avenue home, Detective Patricia McCune said.

McCune said the resident told police that the wallet was on a kitchen counter and that a small safe containing a large collection of coins, many of them rare, was stolen from his basement.

Police said the safe and some of the coins have been recovered and a suspect is being sought.

Icy roads results in crash, injuries

ROYALTON -- A Barker couple were injured late Saturday morning when their pickup truck slid down an embankment off icy Gasport Road and overturned in a stream near Ray Fitchlee County Park.

The driver, Duane L. Bishop, 63, of Lower Mountain Road, was listed in fair condition with head injuries in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo. He was flown there by Mercy Flight.

His passenger, Laura Bishop, 58, also was treated in ECMC and apparently released, officials said.

The crash occurred about 10 a.m. as Bishop tried to pass a car and lost control of his vehicle on the ice- and snow-covered roadway, said Deputy Maurice Britt, adding that the southbound pickup slid down the embankment and overturned in a stream, coming to rest on its driver's side 38 yards from the street.

Duane Bishop was charged with traveling at an unreasonable speed for road conditions, Britt said.

Woman injured in attempted abduction

NIAGARA FALLS -- A West Rivershore Drive woman was injured early Saturday when a truck ran over her left ankle in what police said appeared to be an attempted abduction.

The woman, 38, was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for ankle, elbow, back, tailbone and head injuries, Officer David Cudahy said.

The incident occurred at 2:15 a.m. The woman was walking to a Portage Road doughnut shop and was accosted in a parking lot at 1202 Pine Ave., Cudahy said.

The victim said a man in a green pickup truck pulled into the lot and stopped near her with the passenger door ajar, then grabbed her arm and pulled her partially into the truck.

The woman told authorities she managed to keep the passenger door open with her foot and struggled as her abductor began to drive away. She said she broke free, jumped out of the vehicle and was rolling onto the pavement as one of the truck's rear tires ran over her ankle, Cudahy said.

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