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LOSS IS $25,000 IN ARSON ON EAST SIDE; FIREFIGHTER HURT

An intentionally set fire in an East Side home caused $25,000 damage and injured one firefighter early today, authorities said.

The arson occurred at 1:51 a.m., when someone poured gasoline on a couch in the 1 1/2 -story, wood-frame residence at 119 Floss Ave., according to firefighters. A second fire was started in a rear bedroom.

The injured firefighter remained on duty, fire officials said.

Police probe shooting
of man on Genesee Street

A Shepard Street man was shot by Tuesday night in the 1800 block of Genesee Street, authorities said.

Johnathon Archibald, 28, of the first block of Shepard, was listed in serious condition today in Erie County Medical Center, where he is recuperating from the bullet wound to his buttocks.

An investigation into the shooting continues.

Man arrested in abduction
and assault of his ex-wife

A Sardinia man who allegedly abducted his ex-wife late Monday night in Springville was arrested Tuesday night in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, authorities said.

Matthew Cobado, 29, of Route 39, was charged with kidnapping, assault and criminal possession of a handgun when he arrived in the Bailey Avenue hospital at 10:30 p.m.

"His ex-wife gave us information that he may be in route to the hospital to seek treatment. According to her, he was considering suicide," Erie County Sheriff's Detective Arthur Litzinger said today.

Cobado had kidnapped his former wife at about 10:15 p.m. Monday when she stepped outside the Springville nursing home she works at for a break, authorities said.

Cobado then drove to remote locations in Cattaraugus County, where he sexually assaulted and pistol-whipped her, authorities said.

Police searched Monday night and Tuesday but were unable to find the woman. Cobado, police said, finally released his ex-wife at her uncle's home and then drove to Buffalo, where he was arrested.

Erie County detectives also charged Cobado with violating an order of protection his ex-wife had obtained against him.

Man is accused of stabbing
his wife with steak knife

A Hempstead Avenue man was arrested Tuesday, one day after he stabbed his wife twice with a steak knife, authorities said.

Danny Morgan, 24, of the 200 block of Hempstead, was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority Police Officers Timothy Milligan and Mark Goodspeed.

Shaketa Morgan suffered minor wounds to her neck and stomach and refused medical treatment, the officers said. Her family members, after learning of the attack Tuesday, insisted she call police and report the incident, authorities said.

Woman accused of stabbing
husband with steak knife

A Buffalo woman suspected of stabbing her husband was taken into custody Tuesday by Central District officers.

Elizabeth L. Deahl, 30, allegedly stabbed her husband, Otto Stafford, 46, twice in the chest and once in the side with a 6-inch steak knife Monday night, according to police reports. Deahl had fled with her young son before police arrived.

She was taken into custody in the couple's Normal Avenue home and faces charges of assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of a weapon.

Stafford was listed in good condition in Erie County Medical Center.

Woman killed in collision
involving three vehicles

A 34-year-old Orleans County woman was killed Tuesday night in a three-vehicle accident that began when one vehicle went through a stop sign and collided with a tractor-trailer filled with several tons of apples, Orleans County sheriff's deputies said.

Ann M. Passarell of Holley was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash at 8:01 p.m. on Route 104 and Monroe-Orleans County Line Road.

Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that a southbound vehicle driven by Jeffrey R. Borelli, 21, of Hilton, went through a stop sign and collided with a westbound truck carrying the apples. The tractor-trailer then jackknifed into the eastbound lane, striking Passarell's vehicle head-on.

No charges have been filed, but the accident remains under investigation.

Vehicle veers into house;
driver treated for injuries

A Grand Island man was injured when the vehicle he was driving went off the road in the fog Monday and crashed through a house on Baseline Road, Grand Island Fire Company officials reported.

Osama Abdellatif, 34, drove through a stop sign at Woodstream and Baseline roads shortly before 6 a.m., sideswiped a tree and crashed into the front porch of the home, owned by Leonard Hanel.

Grand Island Fire Chief Skip Mrkall said the force of the impact caused a large part of the brick wall to collapse, damaged load-bearing supports of the home and pushed a couch several feet into the living room. The crash caused thousands of dollars in structural damage to the house, officials said.

Abdellatif was released from Kenmore Mercy Hospital after treatment for leg and ankle injuries.

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