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Defendant in killing to return from Texas

WARSAW -- A 46-year-old man charged with beating his mother to death and leaving her body inside their Wyoming County home is expected to be brought back to New York today from Texas.

Carey B. VanBuren has been charged with second-degree murder. Wyoming County District Attorney Gerald Stout said VanBuren has waived his extradition rights and that authorities have traveled to Texas from New York to bring him back.

VanBuren is expected to arrive at Buffalo Niagara International Airport with authorities tonight.

Officers found the body of Gail VanBuren, 63, hidden in her Watrous Street home March 21 in the Village of Perry.

Carey VanBuren was apprehended in Woodville, Texas, where police reportedly pulled him over on suspicion of drunken driving. After being stopped, he reportedly confessed to the killing.

Perry police officials believe that Gail VanBuren was killed in the middle of March after a quarrel with her son.

Family members had been looking for Gail VanBuren on their own, authorities said, and they did not contact police.

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Parents charged with endangering kids

WELLSVILLE -- A couple whose home caught fire a week ago have been charged with a crime for leaving their children home alone.

Jeffrey Weimer, 24, and his wife Heather, 22, were charged Wednesday with first-degree reckless endangerment by Wellsville police.

The couple was accused of leaving young children unattended in their East Hanover Street home where fire broke out about 2 a.m. last Friday, police said. Officers said the kids left alone at home caused the fire while playing with matches.

Police said they contacted child protective services and District Attorney Terrence Parker's office, then sought arrest warrants for the Weimers.

Village Justice Will Goetschius arraigned the couple Wednesday, jailing Jeffrey Weimer in lieu of $2,000 bail and his wife in lieu of $3,000 for reappearances May 16. Sheriff's deputies said they remained in jail Thursday.

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Fall into Niagara Gorge sends man to hospital

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 22-year-old man from Brampton, Ont., escaped serious injuries Thursday evening after he fell into the Niagara Gorge at the Whirlpool, Niagara Parks police reported.

The man, whose name was withheld by authorities, was "engaged in horseplay with a group of friends," police said, when he fell about 6:25 p.m.

He was airlifted from the gorge by Niagara Helicopters about 7:15 p.m. and taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

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Cheektowaga student charged with assault

A 16-year-old student at Cheektowaga Central High School was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly attacking a school staff member there, according to authorities.

Antonio L. Heard of Pine Ridge Road was charged with assault, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. The incident occurred at the school shortly before 9 a.m.

He allegedly also damaged school property. No details about the incident were available.

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Discarded cigarette blamed in house fire

A carelessly discarded cigarette was to blame for a blaze in Amherst Thursday afternoon that caused an estimated $41,000 in damage, Amherst fire officials reported.

The fire broke out at about 12:45 p.m. at a home at 97 Denrose Drive. Amherst Fire Control received a call that a gas grill was on fire next to a building. Ellicott Creek firefighters arrived to find the fire spreading to the house.

The blaze was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.

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