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An arson in an East Utica Street home spread to two neighboring homes, causing a total of $172,500 damage early today, police said.

The initial $60,000 fire started at 2:52 a.m. at 381 E. Utica. The blaze then progressed to 385 E. Utica, causing $110,000 damage; it also caused $2,500 damage to 379 E. Utica.

The Red Cross was called in to provide emergency assistance to nine occupants of the 1 1/2 -story, wood-frame structures.

Two men shot in living room
of house on B Street

Two men suffered gunshot wounds while sitting in the living room of a home on B Street early today, authorities said.

Antoine Collins, 23, of Newburgh Street, and Terrell Clark, 28, of Pershing Street, told police a man walked out of the bathroom at about 12:40 a.m. and fired several shots at them from a chrome handgun, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

Collins was struck four times by bullets. He was taken to Sisters Hospital, where he was listed in stable condition today.

Clark, who was wounded once in the left arm, was treated in Erie County Medical Center and later released.

In a separate incident, Jimmy Lee Barner, 19, of Koons Avenue, was shot in the right knee at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday by a man who approached him while he was seated on a porch in the first block of 19th Street. He was released after treatment in Erie County Medical Center.

Police probing illegal entry
wrestle gun away from man

A Buffalo man who illegally entered an Allentown apartment building late Tuesday night fought with police, who wrestled away a loaded handgun from him, authorities said.

Central District Detectives Edward M. Cotter and Timothy McDonald responded to an 11:55 p.m. call of a suspicious man in the building on the first block of Allen Street.

Upon arriving, they found Sean Williams, 29, of the 300 block of Wyoming Avenue, in the hallway, police said. He struggled with the detectives, who discovered he was armed with a loaded .38-caliber handgun.

Williams was charged with resisting arrest, trespass, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of crack cocaine.

Fires damage houses
on Sherwood, Reed streets

A fire early this morning caused $40,000 damage to a 2 1/2 -story wood-frame home at 12-14 Sherwood St., authorities said.

A home at 16 Sherwood sustained $500 damage in the 2:09 a.m. fire. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation. An emergency demolition of 12-14 Sherwood was scheduled for later today.

At 11:16 p.m. Tuesday, a bedroom fire spread throughout a 1 1/2 -story, wood-frame house at 102 Reed St., according to firefighters. The cause of the $57,000 blaze remains under investigation. Exposure damage to a house at 106 Reed was set at $5,000.

Williamsville woman, 85,
dies of crash injuries

An elderly Williamsville woman critically injured in a two-vehicle accident three weeks ago has died from her injuries in Erie County Medical Center, hospital officials said today.

Carolyn Glickstein, 85, died early Tuesday morning in the medical center. She was injured Aug. 31, while riding in a car that collided with another vehicle on Sheridan Drive at Dan-Troy Drive.

Couple loses cellular phone
and cash in armed robbery

Northwest District officers are investigating the armed robbery of a couple at Robie Street and Crescent Avenue in North Buffalo.

Police said the two were getting out of a vehicle at 4:30 a.m. when two men pointed a gun at them, demanding money. The men fled on foot with the couple's cellular phone and a few dollars.

Shots fired at houses came
from car, witnesses say

Eight shots were fired at houses on Sherman Street on Tuesday, according to Ferry-Fillmore District officers.

Police recovered eight casings from a 9 mm weapon at the scene, between Sycamore and Genesee streets. Witnesses said the gunfire came from a gray four-door vehicle as it passed the 500 block of Sherman. No one was injured.

Man visiting ex-girlfriend
punched and struck on head

A South Buffalo man was beaten by two men Tuesday after accepting an ex-girlfriend's invitation to visit her home and talk.

The victim said the attack occurred after he arrived at 3 p.m. at a house on Junior Avenue, near Indian Church Road.

South District officers said the man was punched and struck on the head with a stick by two unidentified men, who also took the keys to his car. He suffered bruising and swelling to the head and face.

Man admits to slaying
and will serve 23-year term

LOCKPORT -- Chad L. Penn on Tuesday admitted killing Emmanuel J. Boyer, and he will serve 23 years in prison for the crime.

Penn, 27, of 15th Street, Niagara Falls, accepted a plea bargain to first-degree manslaughter rather than face trial for two counts of second-degree murder and one count of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Boyer, 16, was gunned down on Elmwood Avenue in Lockport on March 20.

Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza committed to the 23-year sentence, which she will make official Oct. 24.

Buffalo woman in crash
accused of pushing deputy

A Buffalo woman accused of pushing a Wyoming County sheriff's deputy during an investigation into a two-car crash in the Village of Warsaw has been charged with obstructing governmental administration, the Sheriff's Department reported today.

Deputies also charged Erin L. Sheehan, 22, of Livingston Street, Buffalo, with following too closely after the accident Tuesday on West Buffalo Street in the village. She is accused of pushing Deputy Aaron Anderson during the investigation.

Sheehan's car, heading east on West Buffalo Street, struck the rear of an eastbound vehicle operated by Susan Berard of Niagara Falls after Berard slowed down to make a turn, deputies said. Berard and her 1-month-old daughter, Jordan Brooks, were treated in Wyoming County Community Hospital and released.

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