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Girl, 13, reports being knocked out

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 13-year-old girl in the 500 block of Memorial Parkway told police another girl punched and kicked her, causing her to black out at 9 p.m. Sunday.

The girl, who waited to tell police about the incident until 12:30 a.m. Monday, arrived at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center because she was feeling ill. Her mother brought her there, said police.

A hospital spokesman said the girl suffered contusions on her head and pain in her stomach.

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Lockport house destroyed by fire; 2 left homeless

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Two adults were being helped by the Red Cross after their house was destroyed in a fire Monday morning.

A woman traveling past the house at 6662 Crosby Road at 7:45 a.m. called 911 to report flames in the house and smoke coming from the roof of the Sandra Kast residence, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Rapids and South Lockport fire companies responded to the scene and extinguished the fire, said deputies, who also responded. Crews from Rapids were able to save the family rottweiler from an upstairs bedroom.

The dog was taken to a local veterinarian's office, where it was reported in good condition Monday afternoon.

Deputy Brett Thompson said the fire began in the kitchen. The Niagara County Cause and Origin Team is investigating.

The house was listed as a total loss, with damage estimated at $50,000.

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Victim of fatal shooting on Woodlawn identified

Buffalo's third homicide victim of the year was identified Monday afternoon by Buffalo police as 20-year-old Eric Cook.

Cook was shot multiple times at about 8 p.m. Sunday in his apartment at 273 Woodlawn Ave., near Jefferson Avenue, said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

Cook was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he later died.

An acquaintance -- Brianna Green, 19, of Stockbridge Avenue -- was shot at least once and listed in critical condition late Monday in the hospital.

Homicide detectives said they were seeking Steffan Brown, 18, of Linwood Avenue, as a person of interest in the shootings. They described Brown as a relative of Cook.

Investigators still were trying to determine a motive for the shooting, Richards said.

Richards said Brown was in the house at the time of the shooting. He was described as black, 6 feet, 2 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Anyone with information should contact detectives at 851-4466.

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Falls man sitting in car shot in arm; two run off

NIAGARA FALLS -- A South Avenue man told city police someone shot him in the upper arm while he was in a car at 11:30 p.m. Sunday in the 1500 block of Ashland Avenue.

A witness said two men in dark clothing left the area, running north on 17th Street.

Crews from Rural/Metro Medical Services took the victim to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo, where he was in stable condition Monday.

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After refusing loan, man is slashed, robbed

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man told city police another man asked him for a loan and when the victim refused, the man robbed him in the 400 block of Fifth Street.

The victim said the man asked him for the money at 9:15 p.m. Sunday and, when he refused, the man cut his forearm and took $30.

The victim refused medical attention but told police he wants to pursue charges against his assailant.

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Street shooting brings 10-year prison term

A Wakefield Avenue man was sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for shooting a man who still has the bullet lodged in his abdomen.

James Manuel, 20, told Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio, he "wasn't in the right state of mind" when he shot Thurman Artis, 23, of Eagle Street, on April 5 after a long-simmering dispute.

DiTullio said she doubted his last-minute apology, noting that he shot Artis twice at close range as the victim sat in a parked car outside a pizzeria at Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street.

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