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Lightning hits home, causes $20,000 fire

A lightning strike in Cheektowaga during Sunday night's heavy thunderstorm sparked a house fire that caused $20,000 damage and sent a Cleveland Hill firefighter to the hospital suffering from exhaustion.

Volunteer firefighters from Cleveland Hill, Pine Hill and Snyder responded to a 10:19 p.m. alarm at 675 South Huth Road. Firefighters confined the blaze to the first-floor bedroom, and the fire was declared out at 10:41 p.m.

The lightning struck the home on the west side of the first floor.

The injured firefighter was treated and released from St. Joseph Hospital.


Teen arrested in vehicle linked to shooting incident

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a Buffalo teen Sunday morning and impounded items from the car in which he was riding, saying the vehicle had been involved in a shooting incident earlier in the weekend.

Kurtel Walker, 16, was charged with false personation for allegedly giving police a false name on several occasions during questioning. He was held for Buffalo police, who hold a warrant charging Walker with first-degree robbery.

Police said they recovered some .22-caliber ammunition from the Pennsylvania-registered car Walker was in, along with a bloody gym bag.


Car stolen, occupants beaten and robbed

Two armed men stole a car Sunday morning after beating and robbing its occupants at Main Street and Lisbon Avenue.

Northeast District officers said the black 1994 Pontiac Bonneville had stopped at the corner at 4:50 a.m. when two men approached and asked if they had any "weed."

One of the men then took out a large black handgun and struck the passenger in the face and took his identification. The other man then ordered the driver out of the car and took his jewelry, ID and $200 in cash. The robbers then drove off in the Pontiac.


Passenger killed, driver hospitalized in crash

STOCKTON -- A Stockton woman was fatally injured and another woman seriously injured when their sport utility vehicle overturned on Cassadaga-Stockton Road and struck a guardrail at about 5:42 p.m. Saturday, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Michelle Lewis, 32, a passenger in the vehicle, was pronounced dead in Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa., after she was airlifted to the hospital by Starflight.

The driver, Melissa A. Hornburg, 25, of Cassadaga, was listed in fair condition in Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated for multiple injuries.

Deputies said Hornburg was westbound on Cassadaga-Stockton Road near Nelson Hill Road, where she lost control. Lewis was ejected from the vehicle.


Woman killed, man injured in Orleans County crash

MURRAY -- A woman was killed and a man injured Sunday when a minivan crashed into a home at the intersection of Route 237 and Ridge Road.

The man, who was driving, was being treated for injuries in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, according to Orleans County sheriff's deputies. Names of the victims were being held pending notification of family members, deputies said.

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