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3 teens hurt, 3 face charges after party

A dispute linked to a large house party on West Avenue early Saturday left three teenagers injured -- two with stab wounds -- and three others under arrest, police said.

At about 1:30 a.m., police were called to the 600 block of West Avenue, when they found John Gogo, 16, of Buffalo, stabbed in the chest and Win Tun, 16, of Buffalo, stabbed in the back. Deetola Htoo, 17, of Buffalo, had been beaten with a shovel. Gogo was in serious condition Saturday in Erie County Medical Center. where Tun and Htoo were treated and released.

Police charged three other teenagers -- Luis DeJesus, 17, of West Avenue, Jonathan DeCecco, 17, of Albany Street and John Gutowski, 18, of Grant Street -- with first-degree gang assault.


Man, 30, dies in fire blamed on stovepipe

RICHBURG -- A faulty stovepipe on a wood stove was blamed for a fire Saturday afternoon that claimed the life of a Town of Wirt man near this Allegany County hamlet.

State police at the Amity barracks said Bradley D. Greene, 30, was found dead inside the residence. Richburg Fire Company volunteers put out the fire at 7626 County Route 40 in Wirt, located in southwest Allegany County, east of Olean.

Allegany County fire investigators determined the cause of the fire.


Mercy Hospital fire started in dryer

A small fire was reported Saturday morning in Mercy Hospital, fire officials said.

The fire, reported at 8:40 a.m., started in a dryer at the hospital. The fire was under control within a few minutes.


Amherst house fire blamed on careless smoking

Carelessly discarded smoking material sparked a fire that broke out late Friday night at a house on Alberta Drive in Amherst, causing $80,000 in damage, town Fire Control officials said.

None of the occupants was injured, but one firefighter suffered minor injuries and was able to stay on the scene.

The fire at the single-family ranch house was reported at 11:09 p.m.

Firefighters from Eggertsville Hose Company responded and found fire in the front of the house. They were assisted by members of the Snyder Fire Department. The fire was brought under control at 11:26 p.m.

The fire is believed to have started in a bedroom.

The Alberta fire was the second blaze in less than a day caused by careless smoking. Friday morning, a smoking-related fire caused $40,000 damage to a house on Glenhaven Drive.


Brother, sister accused of drug possession

A Grand Island brother and sister were arrested Saturday on narcotics charges after a routine traffic stop, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Deputy Adam Imiolo had pulled the car over on Stony Point Road on Grand Island for an unspecified traffic infraction.

The driver -- Erik Robinson, 23, of Ransom Road -- could not produce any identification but reportedly revealed that he had heroin and hypodermic needles on him. A search of the car turned up more heroin.

Robinson's sister, Brittany, 19, a passenger, admitted to having hypodermic needles as well as 103 tablets of Clonazepam, a muscle relaxant.

Both were charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a hypodermic instrument, both misdemeanors.

Brittany Robinson faced an additional charge of fifth-degree criminal possession for the pills.

Both were taken to Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Grand Island Town Court.


Horse escapes barn destroyed by fire

CAMBRIA -- Officials are searching for the cause of a fire that broke out just after 4 a.m. Saturday and destroyed a barn at 4931 Ridge Road.

A neighbor alerted the barn's owner to the fire, and a horse escaped the blaze to an enclosed pen. The barn contained farm equipment and tools, sheriff's deputies said.

Members of the Cambria Fire Company, with help from companies from Wrights Corners and Wilson, extinguished the fire. A loss estimate was not available. Investigators believe a night light or a heater that kept the horse's water from freezing may have triggered the blaze.

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