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Severely burned boy, 6, dies of his injuries

The 6-year-old boy severely burned when he kicked a can of paint thinner into a smoldering bonfire on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation on April 10 has died of his injuries, Niagara County officials confirmed Monday.

The boy, whose name has not been released, was badly burned from the waist down but initially was expected to survive. He was being treated in a specialty burn unit at Shriners Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, where he died Sunday, deputies said.

He was badly burned at about 2:15 p.m. April 10 in the 5000 block of Walmore Road. Mercy Flight initially took him to Women & Children's Hospital, which transferred him to Cincinnati.

Sheriff's deputies and Lewiston police said the boy apparently had gone into a neighbor's backyard and kicked the can of accelerant into a fire that was left smoldering from the previous night, only to have the fire flash up at him.


Man arrested in assault on his wife, daughter

A Fargo Avenue man was jailed, and his wife and daughter sought medical treatment after he allegedly assaulted both early Sunday during what police described as a "violent domestic" incident in their home.

Fernando V. Antonetti, 49, was arrested by Police Officers Jose Lorenzo and Brian Connors and charged with third-degree assault and harassment after getting calls about 15 minutes after the alleged incident.

According to a police report, Antonetti got upset at his daughter having a male guest and began arguing with his wife, punching her in the face and punching his daughter and allegedly biting her on her right hand when she came to the aid of her mother about 1:03 a.m. Sunday.

State police charge seven with DWI over weekend

State police arrested seven people for driving while intoxicated over the weekend, including one person charged with felony DWI and another accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level almost three times the legal limit.

Troopers from the Clarence barracks charged Brian E. White, 41, of Clarence, with felony DWI, after stopping him for speeding at about 9:45 p.m. Friday on Wehrle Drive in the Town of Clarence. The felony charge was lodged because of a prior DWI conviction, troopers said.

At about 3:20 a.m. Saturday, state police at Alden stopped Ryan M. Petrie, 24, of Williamsville, for failure to keep right on Transit Road in the Town of Clarence. A chemical test later revealed that he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 percent, police reported.


Man ejected from bar accused of hitting guard

A Lisbon Avenue man was charged with assault and harassment for allegedly slugging the security guard who forced him to leave the Thirsty Buffalo Bar & Grill on Elmwood Avenue early Sunday.

Dominic T. Minor, 22, was arrested by Buffalo Police Officers David Acosta and Stephen Schultz outside the bar shortly before 3 a.m.

Minor allegedly got into a verbal argument inside the bar with another patron and was asked to leave, according to a Buffalo police report. He initially refused "after being asked numerous times," and once outside slugged the security guard escorted him out, police reported.


California man pleads guilty in counterfeit check scam

A California man pleaded guilty Monday before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to possessing counterfeit MoneyGram checks.

Robert A. Shobert, 23, of Stockton, Calif., passed counterfeit MoneyGram checks at Home Depot locations in Louisiana, Georgia, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York and other states from late October 2011 until January, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana, who is handling the case.

Shobert and Michael J. Grady, 55, also of Stockton were stopped on the Rainbow Bridge and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents found unopened Home Depot merchandise, such as locks and electrical and plumbing equipment, as well as 19 counterfeit MoneyGrams in $500 and $1,000 denominations. More than $5,000 in cash also was seized, Campana said. Shobert used counterfeit checks to purchase merchandise and then returned merchandise for cash refunds. The scheme caused losses of about $76,000.

Grady pleaded guilty April 20 and will be sentenced by Skretny on Aug. 2.

Shobert will be sentenced Aug. 15.


Woman collecting her mail hit by car, badly injured

EAST OTTO -- An East Otto woman was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center with severe internal and head injuries late Monday afternoon, after she was struck by a car as she was collecting her mail from her mailbox.

Kelli R. Russell, 33, of East Otto-Springville Road, was struck at about 4:40 p.m., according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.

Janet M. Green, 62, also of East Otto-Springville Road, was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital, Springville, for treatment of chest pain after allegedly blacking out at the wheel while traveling north on the road and crossing over and striking Russell, sheriff's officials said.