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>Clinton Street arson costs family a home

Two adults and four children had to flee their Clinton Street home Saturday morning after an arsonist set it ablaze, city firefighters said.

The fire, at 884 Clinton St., started about 9:38 a.m. with flames on the first floor extending into the second floor and attic of the two-family home.

The American Red Cross was called in to help the occupants with housing. Nearly 30 firefighters battled the blaze for more than an hour.

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>August hit and run victim dies from injuries

A Buffalo woman hospitalized since a car crashed into her motorized wheelchair in August died Friday morning in Erie County Medical Center. Barbara Williams, 56, of Main Street, had been in ECMC since Aug. 11, trying to recover from multiple injuries suffered when a car collided with her wheelchair at Grant and Amherst streets that night.

Buffalo police have not yet found the driver of the car, who fled the scene.

Williams was crossing the intersection, police investigators have said, when a southbound car hit her, ejecting her from her wheelchair.

The car might have gone through a red light, police said. A witness has described the car to police as a teal four-door sedan. Police suspect that the vehicle sustained front-end damage.

Anyone with information on the accident is asked to call the Hit and Run Unit at 851-4544.

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>Driver listed as critical after being shot in chest

A 23-year-old Buffalo man was listed in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center Saturday night after being shot in the chest earlier in the day during an altercation between two groups of men.

The shooting occurred just after midnight near Tower Street and Oakmont Avenue, according to Buffalo police reports.

Calvin Withrow was driving a 2005 car with three passengers when a quarrel broke out between them and a group of men riding in another vehicle, police said.

One of the men in the other vehicle fired five or six shots at Withrow's car, hitting Withrow in the chest, police said. Withrow then drove east on Oakmont Avenue until he crashed into a building, police said.

He and the others in his car fled on foot until Withrow collapsed behind a home on Hempstead Avenue, according to police, who said Withrow was taken by ambulance to ECMC.

An investigation into the shooting was continuing.

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>Cheektowaga house fire drives out family of five

A fire ripped through the basement of a house on Towers Boulevard in Cheektowaga on Friday, leaving a family of five without a home for Christmas, authorities said.

Responding to a 3:08 p.m. alarm, firefighters from the South Line Fire Department managed to keep the fire from spreading from the basement, authorities said, but smoke and water damage left the rest of the house uninhabitable.

No one was home at the time of the fire, according to authorities, but many of the family's Christmas presents were destroyed. Members of the family were busy buying replacement gifts Saturday.

The family was staying with neighbors until the house can be cleaned up.

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>Woman on tracks hurt by slow-moving train

A 49-year-old Alden woman run over by a slow-moving train was listed in stable condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center.

The woman was hit by a CSX train Friday about 3 p.m. Friday as she sat on railroad tracks just east of Townline Road in Alden, authorities said. The engineer was able to slow the train to about 15 mph, but could not stop it before hitting the woman, who would not move from the tracks, according to Erie County sheriff's reports.

The woman had to be extricated from beneath the train, deputies said.

She suffered head injuries and broken legs, and was airlifted by Mercy Flight helicopter to Erie County Medical Center.

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>Robbery suspect returned after brief Florida trip

A suspect in the Dec. 5 robbery of the Eastern Hills Mall branch of Northwest Saving Bank who was arrested in Florida is back in Erie County and in custody.

Anthony R. Carvallo, 50, was arrested Dec. 10 at a seaside hotel in Fort Lauderdale and was being held at the Broward County Jail.

On Friday, Carvallo was flown back to Western New York, accompanied by Erie County Sheriff's Detective Alan Rozansky.

Carvallo has been charged with firstdegree robbery and a parole violation. In 1998, he was convicted of robbing a Cheektowaga supermarket, deputies said.

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