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Three firefighters injured at East Side home

Three Buffalo firefighters were injured when they fell through the floor of a home while battling a blaze on the city's East Side on Wednesday night.

Two were taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. A third firefighter was evaluated at the scene.

Their conditions were not immediately known, but officials said their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.

Two "mayday" calls were sent from the scene of the blaze, a 2 1/2 -story vacant house at 145 Mohican Ave., near Fillmore and East Delavan avenues.

Fire officials said the blaze was "suspicious." It started on the first floor and did an estimated $20,000 in damage.


Woman with 2-year-old son in car charged with DWI

A Lockport mother driving with her 2-year-old son in the back seat was charged early Wednesday with driving while under the influence of drugs after Buffalo police stopped her near Delaware Avenue and Amherst Street.

Tabitha Connelly-George, 27, of Walnut Avenue, also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and with violating Leandra's Law -- that is, aggravated driving while intoxicated with a minor under age 16 in the vehicle.

Police said Connelly-George was driving even though her registration was suspended and she had no license, just a permit. Officers reported that they found a crack pipe and medication during their investigation.


Man won't press charges after his car is egged

LOCKPORT -- A Florida man declined to press charges against four youths who pelted his car with eggs shortly after midnight Wednesday.

The motorist said an estimated $500 damage was done to the paint on his 2010 Toyota Tundra when it was struck by eggs at Beattie Avenue and Locust Street.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported that four young people in the vicinity scattered when they saw a patrol car. Deputies followed footprints in the snow to a house on Beattie Avenue, where they found the four suspects, who eventually admitted to buying eggs at a local store with the purpose of throwing them at cars.

The victim said he would obtain a repair estimate and seek reparations from the suspects. The Sheriff's Office said it could file felony criminal mischief charges if the four don't pay up.


Phoned bomb threat leads to Lockport man's arrest

LOCKPORT -- City police Wednesday arrested a man on Main Street and charged him with phoning in a bomb threat to the Niagara County Social Services Department headquarters last Thursday.

Gregory H. Davis, 47, of no permanent address, was charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a felony.

Capt. Richard L. Podgers, chief of detectives, said Davis called Social Services several times to complain about losing his temporary benefits, and all the calls were recorded.

"On one he even gave his name," Podgers said. "On the last one, he laughed and said, 'There's a bomb in the building,' and hung up." The East Avenue headquarters was evacuated for 70 minutes, and several streets nearby were blocked off until police finished checking the building.

Podgers said Gregory Davis is the brother of Rodney T. Davis of Lockport, who was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 2005 for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Tina Boyer.


Two men in Lockport arrested on drug charges

LOCKPORT -- Two city men were arrested Tuesday afternoon when a detective interrupted an alleged drug deal on Craine Street.

Charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and first-degree loitering were Gary L. Bennett, 46, of Chapel Street, and Marcus J. Huston, 29, of Michigan Street.

Bennett picked up an additional child endangerment charge because Lockport Detective Kevin Schrader said Bennett was driven to the scene by his mother, whose 3-year-old great-granddaughter was in the car.

Schrader said he saw Bennett reach for a bag of alleged crack cocaine held by Huston, who threw it down and ran when he saw police. Huston ran home and was arrested there, while Bennett was apprehended on Clinton Street.


Two ousted from arena; disorderly conduct charged

A couple of hockey fans were escorted out of a World Junior Hockey Championship game in HSBC Arena on Tuesday evening after they became too unruly, according to Buffalo police.

John R. Maracle, 31, and Michelle L. Maracle, 28, were accused of fighting with security personnel and charged with various crimes.

The two were inside the arena during the U.S. versus Slovakia game when they allegedly created a scene by yelling obscenities at security officers.

John Maracle, of Fort Erie, Ont., was accused of swinging at a security guard and missing. He was charged with five separate counts of disorderly conduct.

Michelle Maracle, of Niagara Falls, punched security officer William Chamberlain Sr. in the face, according to the police report. She was charged with third-degree assault, resisting arrest, harassment and three counts of disorderly conduct.

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