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Sturges St. man accused of setting fire in basement

JAMESTOWN -- A city man was charged with felony arson Tuesday after police accused him of setting fire to the basement of his apartment building.

Ronald D. Smith, 47, allegedly set the fire about 2 p.m. at 21 Sturges St., a multifamily building, police said.

All the occupants were able to escape uninjured, and firefighters were able to extinguish the fire before it reached the upper floors, police said.

Smith was charged with second-degree arson and was ordered held in city lockup until he can be arraigned.

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Man faces felony sex counts involving child under 11

WARSAW -- A Bliss man has been accused of inappropriate sexual contact with a child under age 11, Wyoming County sheriff's deputies reported Tuesday.

Kenneth Green, 18, was charged with two felony counts of sexual abuse and with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. He's accused of having inappropriate contact with a child in the Town of Wethersfield on two occasions last December.

Following his arraignment in Wethersfield Town Court, Green was released after posting $10,000 bail. He's scheduled to return to court Tuesday.

The arrest was made by Lt. Edward Till, who was assisted by Aaron Anderson, an investigator with the sheriff's office, and Megan Dennis of the county's Department of Child Protective Services.

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Paint thinner kicked into fire badly burns boy

TUSCARORA INDIAN RESERVATION -- A 6-year-old boy suffered serious burns Tuesday afternoon when a can of paint thinner was kicked into an outdoor fire on Mount Hope Road near Walmore Road.

The unidentified Mount Hope Road boy was unsupervised while the fire was burning in his backyard and kicked the can of paint thinner into the fire. The paint thinner ignited and seriously burned the boy. Some teens at the scene told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that they were outside with the boy, but in the front yard when the accident happened.

Mercy Flight was called to the scene just before 2:30 p.m., and the boy was transported to Women & Children's Hospital in Buffalo.

The boy suffered burns to 45 percent of the front and back of his lower body. The burns are not considered to be life-threatening, sheriff's officials said.

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Final sentence is given in trailer park love triangle

LOCKPORT -- The case of a trailer park love triangle was wrapped up Tuesday in Niagara County Court, where one of the men involved was placed on six years' probation for sexual misconduct and attempted second-degree menacing.

Darwin J. Fifield Jr., 33, of State Street, Gasport, was living in a mobile home park on Ridge Road in Newfane when he had sex with a 16-year-old girl last year.

She also was sleeping with Raymond P. Boskat Jr., 38, who was sentenced Feb. 2 to 10 years' probation and 25 weekends in the county work program for statutory rape.

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Son of deported leader rejects plea offer

LOCKPORT -- The son of recently deported Liberian rebel leader George E.S. Boley rejected a plea offer Tuesday and will go to trial next week on charges of beating up his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.

Mahnseah T. Boley, 32, of Hilton, faces a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted. The plea deal he turned down in Niagara County Court would have limited his prison time to 11 years.

Boley, a U.S. citizen, could have pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and attempted assault, both in the second degree. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said in court last week that the offer was made after the alleged victims urged her to soften the charges.

Boley, a former college wrestling champion and professional mixed martial arts fighter, is accused of beating and sexually assaulting the woman and breaking bones in her boyfriend's face Sept. 5 in a home on 22nd Street in Niagara Falls.

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Fire that destroyed home in Olean appears accidental

OLEAN -- A two-story, wood-frame home at 1602 River St. was declared a complete loss by the city firefighters after a fire late Monday evening.

The occupants of the home were not present when the fire fully engulfed the structure, assessed at $26,000, about 10 p.m.

Fire officials said the fire also caused up to $5,000 in damage to windows and siding on a house next door. The fire appeared accidental in nature.

An investigation continues, according to fire officials.

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Shooting of Buffalo man under investigation

The shooting of Buffalo man Monday night remained under investigation Tuesday by detectives and Ferry-Fillmore officers.

Jesse Buchanan, 19, was shot about 7 p.m. at Herman and Sycamore streets, Buffalo police said. He collapsed in the 300 block of Woltz Avenue following the shooting and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.