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Genesee Street arson drives two from home

County executive's son has charges dropped

Buffalo police charged a son of County Executive Joel A. Giambra after he fought with a friend Thursday night on a city street corner.

Nicholas J. Giambra, 17, who gave an address of Woodland Drive, Town of Tonawanda, his father's home, was detained and then ticketed after the fight at Washington and East Mohawk streets. With his mother, father and an attorney at his side, Giambra appeared Friday in City Court on the two misdemeanor charges: third-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

Two adults fled their Genesee Street home after an arson fire Friday morning, Buffalo fire officials reported.

Firefighters responded to a 5:39 a.m. alarm at 2258 Genesee St., a two-story frame house just north of Schiller Park.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 damage to the house and $10,000 to its contents, fire officials said. The Red Cross was called to assist the two.

City Judge David J. Manz dismissed the charges on a technicality; Police had provided too few details in accusatory paperwork. But a prosecutor said the victim will be asked whether charges should be lodged again.


Crash fatal to man, 85, injures state policeman

BENNINGTON -- A Depew man was killed just before 8 a.m. Friday when his vehicle collided with one driven by an on-duty state police investigator, state police said.

James Steinhoff, 85, was pronounced dead at the scene at the intersection of Routes 77 and 354.

State Police Senior Investigator Michael Curran, no age listed, was traveling south on Route 77 when the Steinhoff vehicle, traveling on Route 354, failed to heed a stop sign at the intersection, state police said.

The collision sent the Steinhoff vehicle over a 20-foot embankment, coming to rest in a shallow creek bed, police said.

Curran was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, and was being treated in the emergency room late Friday for injuries to his ankle, ribs and hand.


Clarence Ave. man, 19, is shot three times

A Clarence Avenue man was listed in fair condition in Erie County Medical Center late Friday, after being shot in the back, buttocks and right arm early Friday morning, authorities said.

Derek R. Jones, 19, was shot near Clarence and Hutchinson avenues about 2:20 a.m. Friday, police said. The shooter or shooters fled from the scene, either on foot or by bicycle, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

The victim was uncooperative with police officers, stating he did not have any information he would contribute to the investigation, according to police.

Anyone with any information about the shooting is asked to call Buffalo police detectives at 851-4466.


Roof repair scam costs man $1,500

A Moreland Street man was apparently scammed by a man he hired to fix his roof, police said.

The victim told Ferry-Fillmore District police that he gave a man $1,500 as a down payment to do roof work.

He made the down payment at about 8 a.m. on June 15, police said, but the man did not show up to do the work and has not returned his phone calls.

Police have identified the suspect and are investigating the case as a grand larceny.

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