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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.

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Man accused of sending disturbing messages

WESTFIELD -- A Dewittville man faces aggravated harassment charges after allegedly sending disturbing messages in certified letters and greeting cards, as well as by telephone, during the Christmas holiday weekend, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Kevin D. Hughes, 49, was identified as the suspect after police used alternate light source forensics on the certified letters to determine they allegedly originated from Hughes.

Fingerprint analysis of the letters also allegedly identified Hughes.

Hughes, who had been previously notified by sheriff's officials and his Westfield victim to cease contact and communication with the victim, was arrested by warrant at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

He was taken to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail.

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Woman accused of toppling lighted Christmas tree

SALAMANCA -- A 25-year-old Broad Street woman was arrested early Tuesday by city police who said they observed her knock over a seven-foot lighted Christmas tree in Jefferson Street Park.

An officer on patrol at 1:20 a.m. said he saw Akyia L. Crowe rock the tree, knock it to the ground and leave the area.

Crowe was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and was being held in the city lockup pending arraignment.

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Domestic incident leads to an assault charge

PORTVILLE -- A Pine Street man has been charged with second-degree assault following a domestic incident at his home, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies reported.

Joel L. Grabow, 21, threw a beer can and hit a woman in the face, deputies said, adding that the woman required stitches.

Deputies said that they answered a disturbance call at 1:13 a.m. Tuesday and that Grabow also had damaged a door and smashed a large mirror on the floor in the presence of young children.

Grabow also was charged with criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.

He was taken to the county jail on $1,500 bail.

He's to return to Town Court on Jan. 21. Meanwhile, an order of protection was issued for the woman and her child.

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Tractor operator loses leg in farming accident

PIKE -- A Wyoming County man lost his lower right leg Tuesday afternoon in a farming accident.

James A. Glasner, 42, of East Koy Road, was operating a tractor when a loose-fitting piece of clothing he was wearing became entangled in the power takeoff -- a tractor device used to drive other farm machinery.

Glasner was able to free himself from the device before emergency crews from Pike and Genesee Falls responded.

He was taken by ambulance to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

He was listed in satisfactory condition at the hospital.

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Rochester man stabbed in leg and robbed

A Rochester man was stabbed in the leg Wednesday morning after refusing to hand over money to another man, Buffalo police reported.

Anthony Ware, 39, was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released after the incident at East Delavan and Cambridge avenues.

Ware was stabbed at about 8:30 a.m., and the thief took an undisclosed amount of money and fled, police said.

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Attempted murder charged in Christmas shooting

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was arrested early Wednesday and charged with attempted murder in connection with the Christmas morning shooting of a Buffalo teenager.

Michael Corchado-Jamieson was taken into custody by Northeast District officers and homicide detectives just after midnight.

He was arrested at a home in the 100 block of Poultney Avenue.

He was charged with attempted murder and assault in the shooting of Elexe Mercado, who was hit in the chest and back and is in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center.

The shooting occurred at about 4 a.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Columbus Parkway, near Niagara Street and the Peace Bridge.

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