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>Dueling pickups leave damage in their wake

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police said a feud between neighbors escalated Friday into a form of demolition derby.

A father and son are accused of chasing and ramming a pickup operated by their neighbor with their own pickups.

John Gualano, 56, and Leonard J. Gualano, whose age was not given, were arrested shortly before 6 p.m. and charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving and second-degree reckless endangerment, as well as vehicle and traffic violations, police said.

About 5:45 p.m., police discovered the Gualanos' pickups on Rhode Island Avenue, each heavily damaged. Police said the pickup driven by the neighbor was chased throughout the neighborhood and rammed repeatedly by pickups driven by the father and son.


>Residents displaced by fire in nine-unit boardinghouse

Town of Tonawanda firefighters responded Saturday morning to a fire in a nine-unit boardinghouse on River Road, town fire officials said.

Firefighters from the town's Sheridan Park department found heavy smoke pouring out of a unit when they arrived at the scene on the 2900 block between Riverdale Avenue and Edgar Avenue at about 8:20 a.m., Fire Chief Lou McNett said.

"There were approximately 12 occupants," McNett said. "Everyone was evacuated with no injuries."

The Red Cross is helping displaced residents, McNett said. One resident was transported to the hospital with elevated carbon monoxide levels, he added.

Fire officials sounded a second alarm after the fire flared, McNett said. Companies fighting the fire also included Ellwood, Brighton, Kenmore and Kenilworth, with mutual aid from Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda.

A cause and damage estimate were unavailable. The fire was contained to the first-floor unit.

The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes. River Road was reopened to traffic at 10:15 a.m.


>Windows of 2 vehicles shot out on River Road

WHEATFIELD -- Windows were shot out of two vehicles parked at a River Road home Saturday morning, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The passenger window was shattered on a 1999 GMC, and the rear window was shot out of another vehicle at the same home, deputies said. Damage was estimated at $600.

Two vehicles parked on private driveways in the Town of Lockport also were damaged overnight, deputies said. A window was smashed out of a 1999 Plymouth at a Parkwood Drive home, and the window of a 2000 Dodge van also was smashed out at a Marion Drive residence. Damage in each case was $200.


>Police probe break-in at Buffalo Avenue home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating the break-in of a Buffalo Avenue home Friday, after the resident left about 12:30 p.m.

The crime was discovered about an hour later. Missing are a PlayStation 3 video game system, an iPod and an air gun, with an estimated value of $750. Police said the victim indicated that her garage also was broken into on Monday.


>Bandits with shotgun make off with cell phones

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men, one armed with a sawed-off shotgun, held up two teenagers walking home from a convenience store late Friday, police said. The 16-year-old victims were walking in an alley off the 1700 block of Pine Avenue at about 11:30 p.m. when the bandits accosted them and made off with two cell phones.

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