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>Car crash in Marilla injures seven people

Seven people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Marilla, including one victim who was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center.

The collision occurred at around 7:40 p.m. at Two Rod Road and Clinton Street, according to an East Aurora police dispatcher. The Erie County Sheriff's Department did not release the names of the victims or their conditions, nor did they provide details about the accident. Officials were continuing their investigation Saturday night.

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>Suspect sought as shot critically injures man

A Buffalo man was critically injured Saturday after he was shot at the corner of Kensington and Northumberland avenues.

Wynton Garner was rushed to Erie County Medical Center after an assailant shot him in the back at about 3:30 p.m. Police said the 19-year-old victim suffered life-threatening injuries. ECMC officials did not disclose the victim's condition Saturday night.

Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said investigators were searching for a known suspect. Law enforcers were alerted to be on the lookout for an assailant who should be considered "armed and dangerous."

Police were still investigating a motive in Saturday's shooting.

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>Assailant in vehicle shoots man in thigh

A Buffalo man was shot in the thigh Saturday after an assailant in a Jeep Cherokee pulled up to his car on a West Side street and fired a gun.

The incident occurred shortly before 4 a.m. at Niagara and Albany streets. After the unknown assailant fired the shot, the victim drove his Honda Accord a short distance before flagging down a police officer. The man was transported by Rural/Metro to Erie County Medical Center where he was treated for the nonlife-threatening wound.

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>Brawl in Newfane park sends two to hospital

Two people were hospitalized Saturday night after a fight broke out involving more than 100 people in Krull Park in the Town of Newfane.

The brawl erupted shortly before 6:30 p.m. and was allegedly fueled by a dispute involving two families that occurred in the City of Lockport on Friday night, said Niagara County sheriff's dispatcher Robin Zastrow. Both families were having reunion picnics at Krull Park on Saturday on the shores of Lake Ontario.

Several knives were involved, and some witnesses heard threats of a gun, although no gun was displayed.

Two women were taken to Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital. Charlotte Spooner, 38, of Lockport, was stabbed in the hand with a fork. She was treated and released. An elderly woman was also hospitalized for chest pain. Her identity and condition were not released.

No arrests were made Saturday, but Zastrow said charges are pending.

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>Police say clerk hit man with wooden club

An East Side store clerk was charged Wednesday night with striking a man with a wooden club inside the delicatessen where he works, police said.

Waled A. Al-Okam, 28, is accused of engaging in an argument with a 48-year-old man inside the deli at 1047 Genesee St. at about 7 p.m., reported Ferry-Fillmore District police.

Police said the disagreement escalated when Al-Okam used a wooden club to beat the man on the right shoulder.

The victim suffered swelling, bruising and numbness to his right arm and he told police he would seek treatment at Erie County Medical Center.

Officers Thomas Moran and Ronald Clark arrested Al-Okam at the scene and charged him with assault and menacing. Police said Al-Okam lives at the same Genesee Street address as the deli.

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>Lookout at murder site gets 7 years in prison

A Buffalo man will spend seven years behind bars for his role in a burglary that ended in the brutal deaths of a husband and wife from Kaisertown.

Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman on Friday sentenced Phillip C. Kowal, 23, of Eagle Street, to seven years in prison for attempted burglary, in connection to the Aug. 30 murders of Philip and Zena Hull.

Kowal pleaded guilty to attempted burglary for serving as a lookout, as Richard Semrau broke into the Hulls' apartment on James Street armed with a hammer.

Semrau, 44, is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of two counts of second-degree intentional murder and one count of second-degree felony murder in the cae.

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