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>Schiller Park blaze results in a rescue

Buffalo firefighters helped a man out of a burning home Sunday morning in the Schiller Park neighborhood.

Firefighters were called at 7:35 a.m. Sunday to the 2 1/2 -story home at 53 Sattler Ave., fire dispatchers said.

The fire caused $15,000 damage to the building and $5,000 to its contents. The cause is under investigation.

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>Fisherman drowns trying to aid companion

WELLSVILLE -- A fisherman drowned Sunday afternoon after wading into a Genesee River whirlpool to rescue a companion, state police from Belvidere reported.

Ronald W. Thomas, 56, of Wellsville, and a number of other men were fishing in a shallow section of the river upstream when one member of the group fell over a small waterfall flowing into the whirlpool, troopers said.

Thomas and the others went to his rescue, and Thomas lost consciousness in the water, police said. All the men were taken to Jones Memorial Hospital.

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>W. Seneca man's vehicle taken during carjacking

A West Seneca man's vehicle was stolen early Sunday in a carjacking on William Street near Fillmore Avenue, Buffalo police said.

The victim said the man approached him at about midnight, stuck a unknown object against his lower back and demanded, "Give me your . . . keys," police reported.

The man grabbed the keys and $12 in cash, then took off in the vehicle.

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>Shooting victim leaves hospital after treatment

A man was shot in the left leg at about 5 a.m. Sunday at Best and Herman streets, police said.

Wilfred Wylie III, whose age was not available, of West Delavan Avenue, was discharged after treatment in Erie County Medical Center, a hospital official said.

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>Teen shot in hand on Holden Street

A Leroy Avenue teenager reported being shot in the hand over the weekend on Holden Street.

Kennon Fitzgerald, 16, told Buffalo police he and about 15 friends were walking on Holden, near East Morris Avenue, at about 11:15 p.m. Saturday when someone began shooting at them.

Police reports said the teen was shot in his left thumb and forefinger. He was released after treatment in Erie County Medical Center.

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>Start of boat patrols yields arrests, warnings

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Police agencies opened the patrol season on Lake Ontario off the Niagara Region over the weekend, stopping 108 vessels, Niagara Regional Police report.

Officers made two arrests, one for drugs, and issued 14 summonses and 10 warnings. Police said they looked for violations of equipment regulations and alcohol laws.

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