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Baseball bat attack fractures arm of Falls man, 43

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 43-year-old man suffered a fractured arm when he was repeatedly struck with a baseball bat during a domestic incident with his in-laws, city police said Sunday.

The victim, a resident of 69th Street, told police he went to his father-in-law's house early Sunday to speak to him regarding an incident involving his daughter, the victim's wife. When he arrived, he claimed, he was attacked with an aluminum baseball bat, first by the father-in-law and later by the man's son. He also claimed to have been threatened with a butcher knife.

Due to conflicting accounts of the incident, police did not make any arrests but advised the victim to seek an arrest warrant on his own.

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On warrant arrest leads to another

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said they were making an arrest on an outstanding warrant early Sunday when they spotted another man known to have warrants for his arrest.

Crandall T. Johnson Jr., 46, of 10th Street, was sitting inside a car at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue just after midnight when police took him into custody. A records check indicated five outstanding warrants against Johnson, but that was only the beginning.

After asking police if he could retrieve the keys from the car he was in, police checked the vehicle's registration and learned that it had been reported stolen from the City of Lockport.

Johnson was then charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and second-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

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Woman tries to recover seized bogus $50 bill

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman tried to snatch a counterfeit $50 bill after a cashier at the Family Dollar store on Main Street refused to allow her to use it to purchase items at the store Saturday afternoon, police said.

The cashier told police she seized the obviously bogus bill from a customer at 4:15 p.m. A woman who had been with the customer in question tried to grab the bill away from the cashier before both fled the store.

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Pan on stove sparks house fire in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A forgotten pan triggered a fire that caused minor damage inside a 17th Street home Sunday morning, according to reports.

Police said the resident at 423 17th St. returned home from work at about 7:40 a.m. and, deciding he wanted some breakfast, began to heat some grease in a pan atop the stove, then forgot about it. No one was injured in the fire, which damaged the stove and a nearby refrigerator.

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Two boys injured skiing at Holimont Resort

Two young boys were flown by Mercy Flight helicopter to hospitals following separate skiing accidents Sunday afternoon at Holimont Ski Resort in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County.

A 6-year-old boy was flown from the private ski club at about 1:20 p.m. with unknown injuries.

A second emergency call came in at about 3:20 p.m. for a 9-year-old boy with facial injuries.

The names and conditions of the boys were not known late Sunday.

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Fire in garbage tote causes damage to house

A fire Sunday evening that started in a garbage tote outside a North Buffalo home caused an estimated $6,000 damage, mostly to the home's exterior.

The blaze was reported shortly after 8 p.m., with flames that climbed an outside wall of the two-family home at 362 Linden Ave., near Colvin Avenue.

No injuries were reported. Firefighters had flames under control within 10 minutes.

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Shooting victim remains in serious condition

An 18-year-old man remained in serious condition Sunday after being shot on Texas Street, near East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo police said.

Kente Bell, 18, was listed in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center. The attack occurred at about 12:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Texas, just south of East Delavan, three blocks east of Bailey Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255.

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Arrest made in robbery of Buffalo State student

Buffalo police made an arrest Sunday just hours after a brazen robbery near Buffalo State College.

Charged with first-degree robbery, a felony, is Willie G. Spearson, 22, of Englewood Avenue, Town of Tonawanda.

The victim, a Buffalo State student, told officers that three men approached him on Letchworth Street near Dart Street, behind the campus. One waved a small handgun and demanded his wallet at about 1:30 a.m.

They drove off with $6 in cash, a debit card and a gift card, after the man later identified as Spearson punched the student in the face, police said in their report.

The victim was able to provide the license plate number of the vehicle, which was impounded. The two other suspects are at large, police reported.