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MAN TREATED FOR WOUNDS AFTER HOUSE IS FIRED ON

An assailant opened fire outside an East Oakwood Place house this morning, striking a 29-year-old man who was lying on the floor inside the home, police said.

John D. Williams was being treated in the Erie County Medical Center for gunshot wounds to his lower left leg and buttocks.

Northeast District officers said the shooter fired several rounds at the man's home and vehicle at about 4:55 a.m. Paramedics transported the victim to the hospital, and officers recovered several casings from a 9 mm gun at the scene.

2 SHOT -- ONE CRITICALLY -- OUTSIDE CLUB; 2 FACE CHARGES

NIAGARA FALLS -- An argument that escalated into gunfire outside the Kingsmen's Motorcycle Club on Cudaback Avenue on Monday night left two men shot, one of them critically wounded, Niagara Falls police said. Two people are being charged with assault.

Steven W. Lucore, 33, of Walnut Avenue, who was shot in the abdomen, was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center following the shooting at about 8:40 p.m. He later was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where he was listed in critical condition today.

The other injured man, Joseph Elmer, 43, of Robie Street, Buffalo, was shot in the arm and taken to Memorial Medical Center.

Arthur Gromoll, 50, of Orchard Parkway, Niagara Falls, was charged with first-degree assault and weapons possession in the shooting of Elmer. Once he's released from the hospital, Elmer will face similar charges in the shooting of Lucore, police said.

Witnesses told police that Gromoll is a former member of the club and was there to pick up some property. An argument broke out, leading to shots being fired.

Police arrested Gromoll in his truck, at 26th Street and Pine Avenue, as he was attempting to flee from the scene and recovered several weapons.

BLAZE LEAVES 3 FIREFIGHTERS WITH MINOR INJURIES

Three firefighters suffered minor injuries Monday night when a fire erupted in a garage at 78 Dash St., off South Park Avenue.

Authorities said the firefighters remained on duty. The blaze, which broke out at 8:15 p.m., caused an estimated $10,000 damage to the building and $1,000 to the contents, officials said.

The cause has not been determined.

WOMAN'S PURSE STOLEN AT GUNPOINT ON ELMWOOD

Two men who displayed a black handgun robbed a 41-year-old woman of her purse Monday morning at Elmwood Avenue and Edward Street, police said.

Central District Police said that at about 6:45 a.m., a dark blue vehicle approached the woman while she was standing on the street. After the robbery, the bandits drove south on Elmwood with her purse, containing a beige wallet, $115 and personal papers, police said.

TEEN SERIOUSLY HURT IN FALL INTO GORGE IN ZOAR VALLEY

A 16-year-old Getzville boy was seriously injured Monday night in Zoar Valley when he fell about 15 feet down a waterfall into the gorge and landed head-first on the rocks.

The boy -- whose name was not released -- spent more than five hours in the gorge before he was rescued.

He was being treated this morning in Erie County Medical Center for head trauma, abdominal injuries and a possible broken pelvis.

Gowanda Fire Chief Steven Raiport said the boy, who was with three other male teenagers, fell from the side of the waterfall at about 7 p.m.

Authorities said the Erie County Sheriff Department's helicopter was unavailable, so a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter was called in from Detroit.

Firefighters carried the boy out of the gorge at about 12:30 a.m., and the helicopter flew him to the hospital.

TWO BOY SCOUTS STRANDED BY RISING CREEK ARE RESCUED

Two Boy Scouts from West Seneca, trapped by the rising waters of Cayuga Creek, were rescued Monday at Camp Schoellkopf in the Town of Bennington, Wyoming County.

The boys, ages 12 and 13, were lifted from the creek bank to the top of a 100-foot cliff by the Wyoming County Rope Rescue Team. The water level had risen by 5 to 6 feet, according to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Department. The call came at 4:30 p.m., and the rescue took 90 minutes.

The boys, whose names were not released, had been hiking along and across Cayuga Creek when heavy rains hit the area, stranding them on the bank of the creek. They were treated for minor cuts and scrapes at the scene by medical personnel.

$15,000 IN EQUIPMENT STOLEN FROM 4 TRAILERS

Four construction trailers owned by Town of Tonawanda and Buffalo firms were broken into over the weekend in North Buffalo, and more than $15,000 in equipment was taken, according to Buffalo police.

Police report that the trailers, in a locked construction storage area in the 700 block of Parkside Avenue, were broken into between 3 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Monday after burglars cut locks on a fence around the area.

Power and hand tools with a total value of up to $10,000 were taken from three trailers owned by John W. Danforth Co. of Colvin Boulevard.

A fourth trailer, owned by Cayuga Piping of Scott Street, also was broken into. Numerous hand and power tools valued at between $5,000 and $7,000 were taken, according to reports.

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