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Damage set at $30,000 in apartment house fire

The Red Cross was called to assist one adult, after occupants of two apartments fled from a fire that swept through a Broadway apartment house early today, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to a 4:37 a.m. alarm at 766 Broadway, a 2 1/2 -story building housing three apartments. Fire investigators said the blaze started in the middle room of the second-floor rear apartment before spreading to the attic.

The fire left $30,000 damage to the house. Fire investigators still are trying to pinpoint the cause.


Shooting victim is third in same area in 18 hours

The third shooting within 18 hours in the West Delavan-Grant area has left a West Delavan Avenue man hospitalized in critical condition today, authorities said.

Robert E. Williams, 24, was taken to Erie County Medical Center after suffering a single gunshot wound to the upper body at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at West Delavan and Congress Street. Homicide Detective Sgt. James P. Lonergan said Williams was with another man who shot him at close range.

Homicide, Major Crimes and Northwest District detectives today still were trying to pin down the suspects and motive in the case and to determine whether the three shootings are related.

Early Thursday, just after midnight, a West Delavan man was seen shooting a rifle or shotgun at a blue vehicle, police said.

An hour later, the same man was shot in the face and back with bird shot at West Delavan and Grant Street by someone in the blue vehicle, police said. The man, identified as Tyrone Stanley, was taken to ECMC, where he was treated and released.


Hit-and-run by pickup kills woman in Falls, Ont.

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A woman crossing Drummond Road died after being struck in a hit-and-run accident at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Niagara Regional Police said.

The woman was pronounced dead in Greater Niagara General Hospital. Her identity was withheld pending notification of family.

Police said the woman was crossing Drummond between Morrison Street and Cherrywood Road when she was hit by a pickup truck. The driver pulled over, opened the door and peered back at the woman in the road but then sped away, police said.

Police described the truck as a gray or silver GMC pickup, possibly a late 1990s or early 2000s model, with possible front-end damage.


Home invasion suspect ordered to remain jailed

Dewan W. Reid was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail Thursday after he refused to acknowledge Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman's description of his legal rights or sign court papers as an indicted suspect in the daytime home invasion and beating of an 81-year-old Monroe Street woman.

E. Carey Cantwell, attorney for Reid, 19, entered not guilty pleas for him to an indictment charging him, his girlfriend, Latasha Garner, 19, and her cousin Jeremiah N. Garner, 20, with burglary, robbery and stolen-property charges carrying a possible 25-year prison term for each of them.

Reid and Latasha Garner, who is free on $25,000 bail, both pleaded not guilty to the indictment in the Dec. 27 incident. Jeremiah Garner of Parkview Street, who is in jail, is slated to be arraigned today.

Prosecutor Michael J. McHale told the judge Thursday that much of the stolen property, cash, credit cards and jewelry was recovered either at the former Guilford Street flat Reid and Latasha Garner shared or from a nearby attic where police found Reid hiding hours after the attack.


Man, 22, shot, struck in head, robbed of $100

A 22-year-old Lisbon Avenue man was shot in the forearm, struck in the head with a handgun and robbed of $100 in a rear alley off Bailey Avenue early today, police said.

Lawrence Prince was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated for the gunshot wound and released.

Prince told Northeast District police that two unknown males, armed with black and silver handguns, approached him at about 12:45 a.m. and ordered him to "give it up."

When he refused, he was struck with one of the handguns and then shot. The thieves stole the $100 from his pants pocket and fled.


Tot is shoved to the floor in apartment invasion

A 2-year-old was shoved to the floor during the invasion of a Hayden Street apartment at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to police.

The resident told police that two men, one armed with a handgun demanded money outside the address. When the victim retreated into his house, one of the robbers forced his way inside and pushed the child down.

The child was not hurt, and the intruders fled without any money.

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