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Woman killed, 3 injured in Delaware Avenue pileup

One woman was killed and three others were injured in a five-car pileup shortly before 6 p.m. Friday on the Delaware Avenue S-curves near Forest Avenue.

A car driven by a male traveling at 70 mph crossed the median, striking two cars, according to Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. Two other cars also were unable to avoid the crash, police said.

The driver of the car that triggered the crash was taken to Erie County Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. A passenger, whose name was withheld pending notification of family members, was pronounced dead at ECMC. Two others suffered injuries described as non-life-threatewning.

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Grand Island house fire causes $75,000 damage

Damage was put at $75,000 to a Grand Island home damaged in an electrical fire Thursday evening, causing minor injuries to two people, Grand Island fire officials said.

The blaze broke out at about 6 p.m. in the Loquasto home at 355 Ransom Road. Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher said fire crews arriving on the scene discovered heavy smoke pouring from the house. Two family members suffered minor burns trying to extinguish the flames with a garden hose, and both were treated in Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Town of Tonawanda, officials said.

The fire was confined to a second-floor loft.

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Tape provides details about shooter's attire

Buffalo police have used a surveillance tape to provide details about the distinctive clothing worn by the shooter who critically wounded a Fox Street man who had just cashed a check Thursday afternoon at a Genesee Street deli.

The victim, David Johnson, 48, remained in serious condition Friday in Erie County Medical Center, after authorities said he was shot in the chest and gravely injured in the Thursday afternoon attack.

The shooter wore a dark brown hooded sweat shirt, with a design on the back that featured a group of small triangles forming a large circle, in a sky-blue color, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. The pattern also included some red lettering in the middle of the circle.

The tape shows that the assailant was a black male, possibly in his early 20s, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with a very thin mustache, police said.

Johnson left the deli at about 12:30 p.m. and was approached in the backyard of a Leslie Street home by a man who demanded money and then shot him. Detectives believe the shooter was inside the deli when Johnson was cashing his check.

Police say the shooter fled down Genesee Street to Rapin Place, and then down Rapin. Anyone with any information is asked to call Buffalo homicide detectives at 851-4466.

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Man pours hot coffee on woman, assaults her

Buffalo police are looking for a 37-year-old West Side man who poured hot coffee onto a woman sitting inside her car, pulled her out of her vehicle and slammed her to the ground, police reported.

The victim, a Cheektowaga woman, was not seriously injured, and police believe she knows her attacker.

Northeast District police said the assault occurred Wednesday at East Delavan Avenue and Freund Street. The man also pounded his fists on her car, denting the hood.

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Arrest made in beating of girlfriend with pipe

A Woodside Avenue man was charged Thursday with beating his girlfriend in the face with a pipe in front of her two children -- ages 11 and 12, police said.

Mayo McLloyd, 48, was charged with assault, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal possession of a weapon and aggravated criminal contempt for disobeying an order of protection to stay away from the victim, police said.

South District police said Mayo attacked the woman inside their home at about 3:20 a.m. The woman suffered bruising and swelling to her mouth. McLloyd was arrested at the scene.

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