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>Bowling pins burn at abandoned factory

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a blaze at an abandoned bowling pin factory in Akron over the weekend.

The Akron Volunteer Fire Company responded just after noon Saturday to a fire at the former Brewer's Bowling Pin Factory at 18 Front St., Chief Keith Hawes reported. It took about six hours to extinguish the blaze, which caused $125,000 damage to the building and $50,000 to its contents, Hawes said.

The building had not been used for 12 years, but there still were bowling pins and a large quantity of chemicals stored inside, according to Hawes and fire dispatchers.

The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking into what the chemicals were, although some of the runoff was tested and there was no immediate cause for concern, the chief said. Akron was assisted by the Newstead, Clarence and Clarence Center fire companies.

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>DWI suspect threatens gun rampage, police say

WHEATFIELD -- University at Buffalo officials were contacted early Sunday after a drunken-driving suspect reportedly threatened to go on a shooting rampage at the school today.

Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Ray Tracy said he arrested Niagara Falls resident Kassie J. Klejdys, 22, of Edgewood Drive at 1:20 a.m. Sunday after clocking her driving 65 mph in a 50 mph zone on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Tracy said that Klejdys kicked at him and made some threats and sexually explicit comments, before claiming to "have access to a lot of guns" and saying she intended to go on a shooting spree at UB.

Sheriff's investigators contacted UB to report the threat and planned to conduct more interviews with Klejdys, after which a decision would be made as to whether additional charges were warranted.

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>Shooting leaves victim critically wounded

NIAGARA FALLS -- An altercation on Falls Street ended with a 25-year-old man being critically wounded with a shotgun blast to the chest.

Preston S. Edwards of Ninth Street was rushed by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was in critical condition Sunday night, said Capt. Ernest Palmer, chief of detectives for the Niagara Falls police.

The shooting occurred at about 5 p.m. on the street in the 1600 block of Falls Street, Palmer said.

Witnesses told police that Edwards was with his brother in an alley on Portage Road when they were involved in an altercation with three other men.

One of the men was armed with a knife and another had a shotgun. Three shots were fired. Edwards was hit in the chest by one shot. Another round shattered the window of a house nearby.

Although the shotgun has not been recovered, a suspect has been identified and detectives were searching for him late Sunday. Police believe there was an ongoing dispute over a woman between the victim and one of the three men involved in the altercation.

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>Plumbing materials stolen after open house

NIAGARA FALLS -- Burglars took advantage of an open house at an Ely Avenue property Saturday, stealing the keys and returning later to remove materials with an estimated worth of $2,400.

Police said $1,500 worth of copper plumbing was removed from the home, along with other plumbing supplies. Several walls also were defaced with spray-painted graffiti.

The property, owned by J&F Property Resource Corp. of Clarence, had been shown earlier in the day.

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