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3 A.M. CASINO BETTOR WINS $1.1 MILLION

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Angelica man won $1.1 million Saturday at Seneca Niagara Casino -- the biggest winner to date at the facility, which opened Dec. 31.

Kenneth Swann placed $3 into the Wheel of Fortune slot machine about 3 a.m. and came up a big winner, according to a casino news release.

At 5 p.m., Frank and Bethany Pollock of Erie, Pa. -- who got married earlier in the day in the Falls -- won the top prize on a Crystal Five machine: a Mustang convertible or $30,000 cash. They opted for the cash, and the casino treated them to overnight accommodations at the Holiday Inn Select.

Rodney Ave. man reports being shot

A Rodney Avenue man told police he was shot in the chest early Saturday morning by people in a small red car.

Details were sketchy late Saturday, but the victim, David Fyson, who lives in the 100 block of Rodney Avenue, was taken by Twin City Ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. His condition was unknown late Saturday.

Officers responded to a report of a person shot at about 5 a.m. on Rodney, which runs off Fillmore Avenue. Fyson, age unavailable, had walked to a neighbor's house and asked for help.

Fyson gave no description of the shooters, and no bullet casings were found at the scene, police said.

Man rescued from Black Rock Canal

A boater on the Black Rock Canal pulled a man to safety Saturday night after he fell into the water, Coast Guard officials from the Buffalo Station said.

Coast Guard, ambulance crews, and Buffalo police and fire officials converged on the canal, near the foot of Austin Street, shortly after 9:30 p.m. in response to a call of a person in the water, Coast Guard officials said.

The man was rescued by a boater just before emergency crews arrived.

The man, whose name was not released, was checked out by Twin City Ambulance crews and released at the scene, Coast Guard officials said. No other details were available late Saturday.

Fire damages Wohlers Avenue home

Fire officials are investigating a Saturday morning blaze that caused $45,000 damage to a home on Wohlers Avenue.

Firefighters were called to 25 Wohlers at 6:25 a.m. The blaze caused $30,000 damage to the building and $15,000 to its contents. No injuries were reported.

'Good Neighbor Day' is June 7

Masten Council Member Antoine M. Thompson has announced "Good Neighbor Day," an effort to beautify and rebuild the community through the exterior painting of 40 to 75 homes in the Masten District, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 7.

Participants are asked to assemble at School 74, at Donaldson Road and Wohlers Avenue.

" 'Good Neighbor Day' presents a wonderful opportunity for us to demonstrate our commitment to rebuilding the Masten District of the City of Buffalo," Thompson said in a news release.

The event is a collaborative effort by Thompson, Fillmore-Leroy Area Residents, Community Action Organization, and the Hamlin Park Community and Taxpayers Association.

Forum set on fetal alcohol syndrome

Individuals with disabilities relating to fetal alcohol syndrome, their families and professionals who work with them are invited to a town hall meeting from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Daemen College.

The event -- part of a series of town hall meetings across the nation -- aims to collect testimony about helpful interventions and treatments for fetal alcohol syndrome, barriers to service and suggestions for prevention. The testimonies will be in a report for Congress outlining a national strategy for combating the problem.

The meeting will be held in the Wick Social Room in the Charles J. Wick Center on the Amherst campus. A dinner reception for participants will follow in the Alumni Lounge.

Fort Erie offers new tourism guidebook

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- Economic development officials in Fort Erie are introducing a new tourism guidebook.

The guide was unveiled by the Fort Erie Economic Development and Tourism Corp.

The agency's chairman, Herb McGirr, said 25,000 of the 100,000 guidebooks will be distributed in Buffalo, Rochester and Erie, Pa.

Information from the guide is available online at www.forteriecanada.com.

Gang-assault sentence handed down

Anthony Copeland was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison after being convicted on a rarely used charge of felony gang assault for setting up the shooting of a longtime friend.

At sentencing, Copeland, 27, formerly of Adams Street, told State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang he was had been present Jan. 1, 2001, when his friend Albert Patterson was shot on Sherman Street, but didn't know of plans to shoot Patterson.

Prosecutor Louis A. Haremski said Patterson, 27, of Rawlings Street, was shot because he was suspected of being an informant for local law enforcement.

A jury convicted Copeland on Oct. 30 of first-degree gang assault, felony assault, conspiracy and criminal facilitation, but acquitted him of attempted murder.

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