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A burglary suspect jumped into the Niagara River Monday morning to elude his pursing victim but was snagged by deputies in a boat, according to Erie County Sheriff Patrick Gallivan.

A woman who had just returned to her home on Riverwoods, Grand Island, noticed a man walking out of the back gate, wearing a leather backpack, Gallivan said. The woman yelled at the man and then ran after him.

She was able to grab the pack -- weighing an estimated 55 pounds -- off his back, the sheriff said. The home had been burglarized of more than $2,000, including coins.

The victim, 48, continued to chase the suspect before he jumped into the Niagara River. Traveling in the City of Tonawanda police boat, Detective Fred Vincent and Deputy Michael Hilliker plucked the suspect from the east branch of the river at about 9:15 a.m.

Richard J. Little, 43, of Military Road, Buffalo, was charged with burglary and grand larceny.

Armed pair invades home,
binds, robs two victims

Two armed robbers forced their way into a Richmond Avenue apartment early today, bound the two occupants with electrical cord and duct tape, and ransacked the residence.

Central District Officers Joseph Gramaglia and Michael DeLong said the thieves damaged a water bed and slashed tenant Scott W. Murray in the left hand in the 1 a.m. incident on the first block of Richmond.

Murray and Dave Soucia told police the intruders also threatened them with a silver handgun. The robbers stole two telephones and several hundred dollars.

Damage placed at $50,000
in blaze on Grant Street

A fire on the second floor of a three-story, brick building on Grant Street early today caused $50,000 damage, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the blaze at 5:35 a.m. on the 400 block of Grant. A cause for the fire has not been determined. One firefighter suffered minor injuries but was able to remain on duty.

No one reported injured
in 2 suspicious house fires

Buffalo fire officials were continuing to investigate two house fires early today that were described as suspicious, authorities said.

The first fire at 12:30 a.m. on the first block of Ross Avenue caused $15,000 damage in a 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame house. The fire started in a second-floor hallway, authorities said.

The second fire at 1:53 a.m. caused $17,000 damage in a vacant 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame house on the first block of Colorado Avenue. No injuries were reported in either blaze.

One dead, four injured
in Chautauqua County crash

A 31-year-old Stockton man was killed Monday in a two-vehicle crash that sent four other Stockton residents to area hospitals, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department reported.

William C. Keech died in the emergency room of Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk at 6:12 p.m. Monday, more than an hour after the accident on Barnes Road in the Town of Stockton, deputies said.

Keech was a passenger in a northbound vehicle driven by Melissa A. Rose, 25, that turned into the southbound lane while attempting to enter a driveway at 4:53 p.m., deputies said. The vehicle collided with a southbound vehicle driven by Justin L. Horton, 16.

Horton was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition today. Rose also was taken to ECMC, where she was treated and released.

Condition upgraded to fair
for stabbed robbery victim

A Lisbon Avenue man who was stabbed numerous times during a robbery early Sunday was upgraded from serious to fair condition today in Erie County Medical Center's intensive care unit, authorities said.

Carl Robinson, 30, suffered stab wounds to the chest and back in the robbery at about 3:40 a.m. Sunday on Stanislaus Street. Robinson told Ferry-Fillmore District police that two men he didn't know robbed him of his wallet and $40 in cash.

Vehicle inspection stickers
among loot in burglary

Amherst police are continuing to investigate the burglary of a Transit Road muffler and brake shop, where an undetermined number of New York State inspection stickers was stolen overnight Sunday.

Officials at Monro Muffler Brake, 7226 Transit Road, are conducting an inventory to determine how many inspection stickers were taken. Also taken were $100 in cash, one computer keyboard and two modems.

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