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Fall from fifth floor kills West Side woman

A woman fell five stories to her death Saturday afternoon outside a Lower West Side apartment.

The woman -- believed to be in her late 40s -- was found dead on the ground at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday outside the Shoreline Apartments, 200 Niagara St.

The woman was in a fifth-floor apartment, according to Buffalo Police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

"Detectives are not clear if she was pushed, or if she jumped or she slipped and fell," DeGeorge said.


Driver killed in crash of pickup is identified

CAMBRIA -- Niagara County sheriff's officials identified the driver of a pickup who was killed in a two-vehicle crash Friday night as Richard Dunn. His age and address were not released.

Three passengers in the other vehicle involved remained hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center.

Ashley Wallace, who was the most seriously hurt, was in the trauma intensive care unit Saturday. Terrence Hardy and John Davis Jr. were listed in fair condition. The driver of that car, Shyla Houston, was not hospitalized.


Two flee with cash, iPhone from Riverside invasion

Three people were the victims of a home invasion-robbery Friday evening on Malsch Street in the Riverside neighborhood of Buffalo, Northwest District police said.

At about 6:30 p.m., a man entering an enclosed front porch of the home was accosted by two men -- one who hit him in the back of the head with a gun -- and was forced inside the house.

The men threw the man nto a chair and took $600 in cash from him, police said. The robbers also made off with a wallet and an iPhone from the two other victims.


Police charge boy, 13, with tire-slashing spree

A 13-year-old boy is accused of slashing several tires overnight Friday in a First Ward neighborhood.

South District detectives said vehicles were targeted on Alabama, Mackinaw and Vincennes streets and O'Connell Avenue. Detectives said the boy will be charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief.


Suspensions of license no impediment to driver

A West Delavan Avenue woman whose license had been suspended 15 times was arrested Friday afternoon on several traffic violations, police said.

Haylee Morales, 38, was pulled over at about 5:40 p.m. after a police officer saw her turn left from West Ferry Street to Grant Street in violation of a road sign that states: "No left turn 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. except Sunday."

The police officer saw that there was a 2-year-old child sitting in the back seat without a child safety seat or a seat belt. Three other children, ages 8, 9 and 10, were all sitting on the floor of the car without any type of safety restraints.


Sweepstakes scam foiled by suspicious Evans woman

Area residents were warned of a potential scam initially foiled by an alert Evans woman.

The woman received a telephone call Friday from a person claiming to be from Publishers Clearing House and asking her to remit $300 through Western Union through an address he would give her, according to Evans Police Detective Bruce Green Jr.

The caller claimed that would guarantee her a $250,000 cash prize and a new car in an upcoming Publishers Clearing House contest.

The woman recognized it as a scam and, when she told the caller she would be calling police and they would be tracing the phone call, the man immediately hung up, Green said.

Green said the woman called him and he then contacted the fraud department of Publishers Clearing House.


Community center melee leads to charges against 2

Two people were arrested after police were called to a Swan Street community center about a fight involving as many as 100 people, South District police said.

Police got a call about the fight at the Olivencia Agustin Pucho Center at 261 Swan St. shortly after 11 p.m. Friday.

De'Shaun Goodwin, who refused to leave the area, police said, was charged with obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

Reyjzon Jordan, arrested at Swan and Chicago streets and who was armed with a switchblade, was charged with disorderly conduct, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.