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>Mother accidentally shot by teenage son in Sheridan

A mother was accidentally shot by her teenage son Saturday morning in Chautauqua County, State Police said.

State troopers responded Saturday morning to a report of a female shot on Middle Road in the Town of Sheridan, said State Police Sgt. David Hendrick of the Jamestown Barracks.

Police did not release the names of the mother and son, but said the victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was listed in stable condition.

The son, who is 16, was charged with recklessly discharging a firearm in a residence and is being held in Chautauqua County Jail, Hendrick said.


>Franklinville man found with gun near school

An 18-year-old man found with a sawed-off shotgun near an elementary school in Franklinville was being held Saturday morning in Cattaraugus County Jail.

Derek Dallas was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, after he was found Thursday afternoon with the shotgun at a pond on Franklinville Central School property at 32 Main St., behind the elementary school.


>Man arrested for DWI; tried to pick up friend

John Cooke of Cheektowaga needed a ride home early Saturday morning, after state troopers determined his blood-alcohol content was three times the legal limit and charged him with aggravated driving while intoxicated.

But Cooke's call to a friend only led to more problems.

When Scott C. Hammond, 48, of Port Huron, Mich., drove to the state police station in Clarence to pick up his buddy, troopers discovered that Hammond appeared intoxicated, too. He also didn't have a valid driver's license.

A breath test showed Hammond's blood-alcohol content was 0.09, and he was charged with driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Cooke, 56, was stopped on Main Street near Harris Hill Road shortly before midnight on Friday when troopers said they saw the vehicle he was driving cross over the centerline twice. He blew a 0.24 on a breath test for blood-alcohol content.

Troopers said a third person who was sober showed up to drive Cooke and Hammond home.


>Lewiston dog chases black bear up tree

A dog chased a 200-pound black bear up a tree and then into the woods late Friday in the village of Lewiston, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies and state parks police responded at about 8:19 p.m. to a report of a black bear in the backyard of a home on Ridge Road.

The homeowner told authorities his Akita had chased the bear into a tree, and when the bear came down, the dog chased it into a wooded area.

The dog eventually returned unharmed and authorities were unable to locate the bear.

The bear apparently had been eating from a bird feeder in the backyard.

The encounter was one of several bear sightings already this season, including in Newfane, Alden, Boston, Eden, Elma, Springville, Wales and West Seneca, according to state environmental regulators.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation reminds people not to feed bears.


>Clarence fire causes $175,000 in damage

A two-alarm fire Saturday morning caused $175,000 in damage to a home on Bodine Road in Clarence.

A neighbor reported to dispatchers at 12:21 a.m. that the house at 10790 Bodine was on fire.

Firefighters from Clarence, Clarence Center and Main-Transit fire companies initially responded, and a second alarm called more firefighters from the Newstead Fire Co.

The fire was under control in 40 minutes.


>Walden Avenue brawl lands women in ECMC

Two women were treated and released from the emergency room at Erie County Medical Center following a large fight that broke out early Saturday morning in the 200 block of Walden Avenue.

Natasha Scott and Lakisha Floyd were taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulances to ECMC. Scott told Buffalo police she was stabbed in the back by an unknown assailant with an unknown weapon.

Floyd was cut on the forehead by the same unknown suspect, police said.


>Motorcyclist dies after collision in Pendleton

A motorcyclist was killed Friday night when he collided with a motor vehicle in Pendleton, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

Martin Michael Crowley, 33, was operating a 2007 Suzuki motorcycle north on Main Road at about 9:30 p.m. when a southbound vehicle, driven by Regina Harville, 17, of Pendleton, made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, deputies said.

The motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car, causing Crowley to be thrown from the motorcycle. Crowley was pronounced dead at the scene.