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>2 adults, 3 children assisted after Falls fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- Representatives from the American Red Cross assisted two adults and three children Tuesday night after a fire engulfed their house at 2213 Linwood Ave.

Fire investigators are still seeking the cause of the fire, which began at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the kitchen.

The entire shift of firefighters responded to the call, and members of the Frontier, Bergholz and Niagara Active Hose volunteer fire companies stood by in case they were needed.


>Body of missing man, 54, found in Dunkirk vineyard

DUNKIRK -- The body of a 54-year-old man who had been missing since early this month was discovered Monday in a vineyard, Dunkirk police said.

William Taft Sr., of Middle Road, was reported missing to Dunkirk police Dec. 2.

Police said they are awaiting an autopsy and toxicology tests. Officials declined to say whether foul play has been ruled out.

Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies were called to the vineyard off William Road, between Route 60 and South Roberts Road, at about 7:40 p.m.

The case is being investigated by the Sheriff's Department, Dunkirk police, the district attorney's office and Chautauqua County's forensic investigation team and coroner's office.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department at 661-7909 or the Dunkirk police Detective Bureau at 366-2266.


>SUV driver charged with running into van

JAMESTOWN -- Police arrested a city man Monday afternoon after he allegedly hit a van with his SUV near West Second Street and Jefferson Street and sped away.

Brian Harrison, 25, of Willard Street, was stopped a few blocks away at about 1 p.m. after an eyewitness gave officers a description of the SUV.

Harrison was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to keep right and felony criminal possession of a weapon after officers allegedly found a switchblade knife in his vehicle. He is being held in city jail awaiting arraignment.

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