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Firefighters rescue resident from second-floor window

Sheridan Park volunteer firefighters rescued a resident from a second-floor window early Sunday morning while battling a blaze inside a multi-unit apartment building in the Town of Tonawanda.

Dispatchers received a report of a possible fire at 45 Balzac Court at 6:41 a.m., and firefighters spotted smoke coming out a second-story window.

Paramedics attended to the victim at the scene.

The fire was believed to have started in the kitchen.

Residents of 43 and 47 Balzac Court were evacuated from their homes, as well, and the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross was called in to assist.


Man suffers leg injury after ejection from ATV

A 49-year-old Collins man, who lost control of the all-terrain vehicle he was driving, was ejected and landed on a rocky embankment of Cattaraugus Creek in Concord early Sunday.

Scott Smith was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he is being treated for a severe leg injury, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. He was listed in stable condition Sunday night.

Smith was westbound on Zoar Valley Road in Concord, along with his brother, Glen Smith, 47, of Lancaster. Glen Smith, who was driving another ATV, was charged with driving while intoxicated.


Woman hit in eye with shoe is transported to ECMC

A woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center early Sunday morning after being hit in the eye with a high-heel shoe, police said.

Police said the injuries were serious.

The victim was identified only as Emily Alton, with no age or address given.

A witness told police that she was with Alton at about 1:30 a.m. when two other women started a fight with them. One of those women, the witness said, hit Alton in the left eye with the heel of a high-heel shoe.

Alton was taken to Sisters Hospital but had to be transported to ECMC because of the seriousness of her eye injury, police said. Information on where the incident occurred was not immediately available.


6 children found alone with no food or water

Six children, including a 4-month-old infant, were found alone in a Bailey Avenue home with no food and water and no way of contacting their parents.

Lamontese Murray, 33, and Ebony J. Scott, 29, were charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Buffalo police discovered the children living in what they termed "deplorable conditions" inside the residence.

Police were called to the home Thursday evening to assist Erie County Child Protective Services workers, who were responding to an allegation of child negligence.

In addition to the infant girl, police found a 1-year-old boy, a 3-year-old girl, a 5-year-old boy, a 7-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.

Murray and Scott told police they left the children alone for nearly three hours because they felt threatened, according to a police report.

The house had open electrical sockets hanging from the wall and was only partly heated, police said.

The officers found the infant wedged between cushions of the couch, with no crib visible.

The children were removed from the home and were staying with a relative.


Two robberies reported in Northeast District

Two separate gunpoint robberies were reported over the weekend to Northeast District police.

At about 6:30 p.m. Friday, a woman who had just left a friend's home on Newburgh Avenue near Genesee Street was headed to her car parked on Newburgh at Kerns Avenue when a man approached her.

The victim told police the man, who had a silver and black gun, instructed her to go to a driveway and not to look at him. With the gun held to the victim's side, the gunman told the woman to take off her leather jacket and shoes and hand over her purse. The victim said the man grabbed her belongings, then jumped over a backyard fence.

About an hour later, a man told police he was robbed in the 500 block of Moselle Street by a group of men.

He told police that he was standing outside a broken-down car when a black man who was 6-feet-5 and 215 pounds, wearing a red skull cap, a mask, hoodie and black jeans pulled out an AK-47 and told him to "give it up."


Man drives to hospital after being shot in the side

A man was shot in downtown Buffalo early Saturday but was able to drive himself to a hospital and was treated and released, police reported.

The victim, identified by police as a 28-year-old man, said he was shot just after 3:30 a.m. by a man in blue jeans wearing a baseball cap who was armed with a handgun while at Franklin and West Huron streets.

The victim, with a gunshot wound on his side, drove himself to Buffalo General Medical Center and was transferred to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.