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Fatal shooting probed on Crowley Avenue

Buffalo police are investigating a fatal shooting early Sunday morning on Crowley Avenue.

Northwest District officers responded to a "shots fired" call just after midnight and said they found a 17-year-old male dead in a first-floor hallway at a home in the 100 block of Crowley. Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255.

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Youth, 17, is victim of multiple shots

A 17-year-old Buffalo youth was shot multiple times at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday at a gas station and convenience store in the 400 block of South Park Avenue.

Skeeter Walker was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Walker was shot in the stomach and left leg. He jumped into a vehicle and was then dropped off at 1459 South Park and taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The shooter appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing light blue jeans and a black hoodie. He was approximately 5 feet, 4 inches tall with scruffy facial hair, and he fled east on Haywood Street with a silver and black gun, according to a police report.

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Fire damages vacant house of Genesee Street

Buffalo firefighters doused flames early Sunday morning at a vacant Genesee Street structure.

The cause of the blaze, which caused $20,000 damage, is under investigation. No one was injured.

Firefighters received a call at 3:01 a.m. for the 2 1/2 -story building at 2033 Genesee St. on Buffalo's East Side, several blocks from Cheektowaga.

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DWI charged after car goes into ditch in Colden

A 48-year-old Colden woman was charged Sunday morning with driving while intoxicated after her car went off the road and into a ditch in the Town of Colden, state police reported.

Holly Bryndle was driving north on Lewis Road when she lost control at about 12:30 a.m., police said. She failed field sobriety tests and was issued tickets returnable to the Town of Colden Court, police said.

Bryndle was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, with an ankle injury.

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Four in Jamestown face charges after fight

JAMESTOWN -- Four Jamestown residents were charged Sunday morning with endangering the welfare of a child after police broke up a birthday party at which two women allegedly were encouraged to fight in the presence of small children, police report.

Arrested were Jose Figueroa, Elaine Herriera Concepcion, Maria Velazquez and a 17-year-old girl. Figueroa also was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration. They were taken to city jail, pending arraignment.

Police said officers were called at 1:22 a.m. to a loud party at 734 E. Second St., where a woman was knocked unconscious in a fight. Officers broke through the door after the people inside refused to open it and said they saw Figueroa dragging the unconscious woman across the floor. She later refused medical treatment.

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Woman accused of stealing merchandise worth $526

A Buffalo woman who allegedly tried to sneak out of a Kohl's department store with more than $500 in store goods was charged Sunday with larceny.

Buffalo police arrested Johanna L. Rodriguez, 22, of West Delavan Avenue, after she allegedly walked out of the Delaware Avenue store without paying for $526 in merchandise.

Rodriguez concealed the items under her clothes as she passed the sales registers and exited the store, according to a police report. She was then greeted by police.

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Disabled woman, 76, dies after car accident

THOROLD, Ont. -- A St. Catharines woman died of injuries suffered in an accident at about 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the parking lot of Dominic's Diner on Regional Road 20, Niagara Regional Police report.

The 76-year-old woman, who was disabled, fell to the pavement and struck her head when the driver of the car she was attempting to enter threw the vehicle into reverse to avoid being hit by another vehicle in the lot.

The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital by car, then transferred to Hamilton General Hospital, where she died Sunday.

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Tractor operator blinded by sun strikes man, 50

BROCTON -- A Westfield man was seriously injured Saturday when he was pinned against his car by a tractor at Farr and Thayer roads in the Town of Portland, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported.

James R. Weary Jr., 50, was at the rear of his vehicle, which was parked in the driving lane, when the tractor, operated by William H. Farrar, 28, of Portland, approached the intersection at around 5:30 p.m., deputies said.

Farrar slowed for the stop sign, but was blinded by the sun and hit Weary, deputies said. Weary was flown by Star Flight to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., where he was listed Sunday in serious condition.

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