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Two killed in crash on Route 63 in Batavia

A head-on collision killed the 25- and 74-year-old drivers of two vehicles early Sunday on Route 63 in the Town of Batavia, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

A northbound 1997 Buick operated by Quayeshawn D. Smith, 25, of Medina, crossed into the southbound lane and struck a 2002 Mazda driven by Rosemary Calla, 74, of Oakfield, the Sheriff's Office said.

The crash occurred at 6:44 a.m. on Route 63, just south of Galloway Road.

Both drivers were pinned inside their vehicles and had to be extricated by Town of Batavia fire crews.

Deputies have not determined why Smith's vehicle crossed into Calla's lane.

The stretch of Route 63 between Galloway and Veterans Memorial Parkway was closed for about three hours as crews investigated the crash and cleared debris.


Man shot, seriously hurt at Buffalo intersection

Homicide detectives late Sunday continued to investigate an early evening shooting at Jefferson Avenue and Brown Street.

A male, whose age Buffalo police did not release, was shot at the intersection at about 5:40 p.m.

The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries that police described as serious.


Lockport native, 23, stabbed to death in D.C.

A Lockport native and former Marine was stabbed to death early Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Philip Bushong, 23, was stabbed at 2:41 a.m. after an argument on a street and died in a hospital a short time later, the Metropolitan Police Department told the Hartford Courant.

Bushong had lived in Enfield, Conn., after growing up in Lockport, where his mother still lives, the newspaper reported.

"Information uncovered during the course of the preliminary investigation indicates that there was a verbal exchange, and during the exchange, a homophobic slur was heard from the suspect prior to the stabbing," police said in a statement.

Michael J. Poth, 20, of Washington, D.C., was charged in the fatal stabbing later Saturday.

A relative told the Hartford Courant that Bushong was stationed at Camp Lajeune, N.C., and went to high school in Enfield.


Identity of body found in Ontario park withheld

Authorities Sunday were withholding the identity of a person whose body was discovered Saturday evening in King's Bridge Park in Niagara Falls, Ont.

Niagara Regional Police said a citizen walking in the area discovered the body at 6:45 p.m.

Investigators from the Major Crime Unit and the Forensic Services Unit are investigating the death at the park, which has been closed since the discovery of the body.

The identity of the person will be announced after police notify the family.


Fire strikes house next to Bailey fire station

Buffalo firefighters from Engine Company 31 and Ladder Company 14 didn't have far to travel late Sunday afternoon when they made a house call next door on Bailey Avenue.

A fire at the 2 1/2 -story wood-frame home in the 2000 block of Bailey caused $40,000 damage and displaced five adults and two children, firefighters said.

No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire remained under investigation late Sunday.


Woman, 20, asleep at wheel of idling car is charged

BATAVIA -- A 20-year-old woman found asleep at the wheel of a parked car with its engine running Saturday afternoon was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs.

Another motorist informed the Genesee County Sheriff's Office of the vehicle in a Petco parking lot on Veterans Memorial Drive.

Deputies said they found Briana R. Burlingame, of Churchville, Monroe County.

Burlingame also was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.


Break-ins target cars parked in Niagara Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Global positioning systems were targeted in a pair of car break-ins Saturday, city police said.

A Rochester woman told police that her GPS system was stolen out of her car while it was parked in the lot of the Quality Hotel and Suites on First Street. The theft occurred between 3:30 p.m. Saturday and noon Sunday, resulting in a $200 loss.

A Hyde Park Boulevard woman's GPS unit was removed from her car between 9 p.m. Saturday and midnight. A window was broken out of the vehicle while it was parked near the victim's apartment. Loss was set at $270.

A car belonging to an Ontario Avenue woman was broken into in similar fashion, and the stereo system was ripped from the dashboard, police said. Also taken was an iPod unit. About $500 damage was done to the car in the process.