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BRANT CRASH KILLS MAN, BURNS ANOTHER

A fiery one-vehicle crash at about 9:15 a.m. Saturday in Brant killed one man and sent another to the hospital with burns over 50 percent of his body.

Erie County sheriff's deputies said Jose Cruz, 43, of Seneca Road, Lawtons, was driving a sport utility vehicle east on Route 438 and lost control while passing a pickup truck at high speed. Deputies said the SUV slid across a lawn and burst into flames after striking a tree. A passenger, Thomas Silverheels, 45, of Gowanda, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cruz was flown by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and was listed in critical condition Saturday night. He has been charged with driving while intoxicated, driving without a license and speeding, according to the sheriff's report.

Man in red turban swept over falls

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A man in his 40s and believed to be of East Indian descent jumped into the rapids and was swept over the Canadian Horseshoe Falls on Saturday, Niagara Parks Police reported.

The unidentified man, wearing a red turban, climbed over the retaining wall and barrier near Table Rock and jumped at about 5:15 p.m., witnesses told police. Parks police, the Niagara Falls Fire Department and ambulance personnel were unable to locate the man.

Man charged with assaulting woman

A Cheektowaga man was arrested and charged with second-degree assault after police said he beat a Buffalo woman and dragged her along the ground Saturday morning.

Robert Lee Davis, 35, of Preston Road, was intoxicated when he came to the woman's house at 11 a.m. and began kicking the woman with steel-toe boots, punched her and hit her in the face with a phone receiver, police said.

Police also said Davis pulled the phone out of the wall and dragged the victim along the ground. Police said the woman suffered swelling, scrapes and bruises to her face, chest and arms.

D'Youville to expand scholarship plan

D'Youville College will introduce an expanded scholarship plan next fall for outstanding students. The new Merit Scholarship Program for incoming students will offer awards ranging from $4,000 to $40,500.

Austin St. arson does $30,000 damage

Buffalo fire officials say an intentionally set blaze in an Austin Street house caused $30,000 damage early Saturday.

The fire started in the rear of a two-story, wood-frame residence at 137 Austin at about 4:45 a.m., according to firefighters. No injuries were reported, and an investigation is continuing.

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