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TORCHING OF HOME DAMAGES 3 STRUCTURES; 2 FACE RAZING

A two-alarm fire set by arsonists on Sherman Street late Sunday night led to emergency demolition requests for two houses and left a total of $66,000 damage to three structures, Buffalo fire officials said.

The fire, which was reported at 11:39 p.m., broke out in a 2 1/2 -story vacant house at 503 Sherman, leaving $30,000 damage before spreading to both houses next door.

The Red Cross was called to assist two adults routed by the blaze from their home at 505 Sherman, where the spreading fire caused $35,000 damage. Fire officials requested emergency demolition for both 503 and 505 Sherman.

The arson also left $1,000 exposure damage to the vacant house at 501 Sherman.

Just 13 minutes before the Sherman Street call, firefighters responded to an alarm at 160 Goodyear Ave., where a fire of undetermined origin left $12,000 damage.

Two rob pizza deliveryman
of $100, cell phone, jacket

A pizza deliveryman was robbed of $100, his cell phone and a suede jacket by two thieves who threatened him with a knife Sunday afternoon on Main Street.

The victim, a 37-year-old man who lives on the West Side, told Central District police that he was delivering a pizza to 926 Main St. at about 3:20 p.m., when the two robbers accosted him and threatened him with the knife.

At least one of the two bandits fled into a nearby apartment building.

Arson does $25,000 damage
to stolen car, nearby garage

Amherst police are continuing to investigate the torching of a car behind the Temple Beth Zion office on Sweet Home Road over the weekend that caused a total of $25,000 damage to the vehicle and an adjacent garage.

The fire left $10,000 damage to the 1999 Ford Contour, $10,000 to the garage and $5,000 to the contents of the garage. Volunteers from the Eggertsville Fire Co. responded after a citizen reported the blaze at about 10 p.m. Saturday.

Later that night, the owner of the vehicle reported his car stolen after he came out of the nearby AMC Theater on Maple Road and couldn't find his car.

$6,000 house fire blamed
on arson in Black Rock

Arson was the cause of a $6,000 fire early Sunday at an occupied Black Rock home, city fire officials said.

The blaze, called in at 3:17 a.m., was started in a chair on the porch of the home at 153 Peter St. and spread to the living room on the first floor, officials said. No one was injured in the fire, which caused $5,000 damage to the structure and $1,000 to its contents.

Burglar at city school
leaves a trail of blood

DNA evidence may be the key to solving an overnight break-in at a Buffalo school, where the burglar left a trail of blood, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police reports.

The burglary at Lincoln Academy, 1369 Broadway, was discovered Friday morning. Someone threw a brick through the glass in a door to enter the building, then broke out the glass in an office door to get into that area, reports state.

The office area was ransacked, and a door was kicked at the principal's office, which also was ransacked.

At some point, police said, the burglar was injured, splattering blood throughout the office areas.

An inventory was to be done to determine damage and loss of property.

Sardinia man charged
with beating his wife

A Sardinia man was arrested in a domestic-violence incident after Erie County sheriff's deputies accused him of punching and kicking his wife early Sunday morning in their home.

Carl W. Dennies, 38, was charged with third-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child following the incident, which occurred after a weekend of drinking, deputies said.

His wife left the residence and called police from a friend's home. Deputies responding to the call found Dennies asleep at home and arrested him without incident. State police assisted in the arrest.

Eve Dennies was treated for a lower back injury and released from Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville.

Woman accused of assault
against her boyfriend

A Parkton, N.C., woman who allegedly broke two glass vases over her boyfriend's head before fleeing his North Collins home late Saturday faces multiple charges, Erie County sheriff's officials said Sunday.

Melissa R. Dirks, 30, was arrested early Sunday when she returned to her boyfriend's residence on Marshfield Road to retrieve personal items.

She is charged with assaulting Bryan S. Pell during a domestic argument at about 10:15 p.m. Saturday. Pell told sheriff's officials that Dirks fled after he called 911.

Dirks is also charged with criminal mischief for breaking a front window at Pell's residence and with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Pell was treated in Tri-County Hospital, Gowanda, and released.

Three robbed of wallets;
police seeking two men

Northeast District officers are looking for two men who barged into a house on West Winspear Avenue over the weekend and robbed three men of their wallets.

Police said the intruders displayed a handgun and got three wallets but little cash from their victims at 9:25 p.m. One man had only $1 in cash, one had $12, and the third had none. But the bandits took several credit cards and fled on foot.

Woman accused of holding
another against her will

A Mills Street woman has been charged with holding another woman against her will for more than eight hours Saturday.

Lisa A. Conley, 23, was arrested by Ferry-Fillmore District officers on the complaint of a 28-year-old woman, who also said Conley pushed and slapped her, police said.

Officers said Conley fought with police when they arrived at her home Saturday evening. The victim said she was held there against her will from 10:15 a.m. to 6:25 p.m.

Conley was charged with unlawful imprisonment, assault, harassment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Seven held at gunpoint;
intruders flee with $700

An East Side couple and five children were forced to the floor at gunpoint Saturday night by two men who kicked in the front door of a home on Loepere Street near Walden Avenue.

The men, who broke in at 7:30 p.m., took $700, according to Ferry-Fillmore District officers. One was described as a black male, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and wearing a hooded sweat shirt, and the other, a skinny black male, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, wearing a gray hooted sweat shirt.

Man hurt in collision
is charged with DWI

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane man injured in a head-on crash on Gooding Street late Friday was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right, Officer Steven D. Ritchie said Saturday.

Paul J. Beiter, 47, of Shadigee Road, was being treated for head injuries and fractured ribs in Lockport Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

The crash occurred at 9:30 p.m. Police said the Beiter car crossed into the opposite lane, crashing into a car driven by Nicholas B. Cafora, of Lock Street.

Cafora suffered minor injuries and declined hospital treatment, police said.

House fire is blamed
on creosote in chimney

NIAGARA FALLS -- A buildup of creosote in a fireplace chimney sparked a blaze that caused $5,000 damage to a home at 624 16th Street early Sunday.

Firefighters responded to the scene at 4:43 a.m. and fought the fire for 54 minutes. Most of the damage was contained to an exterior wall, fire officials said.

The resident of the house was identified as Cynthia Dobbertean.

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