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>Motorcyclist killed in Bergen collision

BERGEN -- A Henrietta man died Saturday when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck in the Town of Bergen.

Samuel J. Owen, 52, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Route 19 near Creamery Road.

State police in Batavia said Owen's southbound motorcycle crossed the center line shortly after 4 p.m. and crashed head-on into a northbound pickup driven by Michael A. Walton, 37, of Leicester. Walton was not hurt.


>Fire leaves family homeless in Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD -- A deep fryer overheated on the deck of a Ward Road home Saturday evening, triggering a stubborn, fast-moving blaze that left a family of four homeless and kept four fire companies busy well into the night.

Homeowner Robert Fleischman told investigators that he was heating oil in a propane burner-style device on his rear deck, and that the lid exploded off, causing hot oil to splatter and ignite on the wooden deck.

Fleischman tried to extinguish the fire with a hose without success, then burned his hand while trying to turn the burner off. No other injuries were reported in the 7:31 p.m. blaze.

The two-story home at 7283 Ward Road and a detached garage were heavily damaged in the fire, which also consumed a 2003 Kia parked in the driveway.

Crews from the St. Johnsburg, Frontier, Adams and Bergholz fire companies fought the blaze. St. Johnsburg Chief James Kish estimated damage at $175,000 to $200,000. The Red Cross was assisting the family.


>Youth, 17, charged in stabbing of man, 20

An Alma Avenue teenager was charged with assault after he allegedly stabbed a man during an argument early Sunday.

The victim, Adel Abdulmajid, 20, also of Alma Avenue, was treated in Erie County Medical Center for a facial cut.

Clifton McDuffie, 17, is charged with first-degree assault and fourth-degree weapons possession.

The police report did not indicate what triggered the fight, which occurred at about 1 a.m. Sunday in the victim's home.


>Deputies say teen had beer in his backpack

RANSOMVILLE -- A teen from Wilson was charged with underage possession of alcohol Saturday after Niagara County sheriff's deputies confiscated a six-pack of beer from him.

Adam M. Ozzimo, 17, of East Lake Road, was arrested at 12:29 a.m. on Palmer Road after deputies discovered the beer in his backpack. Ozzimo told them he was heading to a friend's house to spend the night.


>$25,000 house fire on Cambridge probed

Investigators were trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a home at 119 Cambridge Ave., near Northland Avenue, early Sunday night.

There were no injuries, but the fire caused $25,000 damage to the structure and its contents.


>Four in car charged with drug possession

Four young Buffalo men were arrested on drug possession charges Saturday night after their car was stopped for a traffic violation.

Shortly after police pulled over a Cadillac on Perry Street at 11:55 p.m., they said, they spotted a plastic bag containing 17 individual packets of crack cocaine. One person also had four bags of marijuana, while another had a marijuana cigarette at his feet, according to a police report.

Carl A. Jackson, 18, the driver of the car, was charged with drug possession and vehicular offenses. His three passengers, Maurice L. Buchanan, 18; Jeffrey D. McCrayer, 17; and Keith Worthy, 19, also face drug possession charges.


>O'Connell Avenue fire damages two homes

A fire caused $30,000 damage Sunday to a home on O'Connell Avenue, while a nearby dwelling sustained minor damage.

There were some early tense moments as fire crews rushed 239 O'Connell, near Fitzgerald Street, at about 4:45 p.m. There were initial reports that someone may have been inside the burning structure, but firefighters quickly determined that no one was home.

A home at 237 O'Connell sustained $1,000 damage. The investigation into what caused the fire was continuing Sunday night.


>Two masked women rob Willet Street resident

A Willet Street woman was robbed Sunday morning by two women wearing ski masks who jumped out of a vehicle.

The victim told police she was at Casimir and Barnard streets at about 6 a.m. when the assailants got out of an older-model white Cadillac. One masked woman wielded a handgun, while the other carried a bat.

They took the victim's backpack and a shopping bag, fleeing with $60 in cash, a cell phone, a credit card and other belongings.

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