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ECMC patient leads police on chase in ambulance

Damage to a Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance and other property was estimated at $80,000 to $100,000 after an Erie County Medical Center patient stole the ambulance from the hospital's emergency room ramp early Sunday morning, led police on a high-speed chase and ultimately crashed the vehicle.

The incident occurred at about 6:30 a.m., Buffalo police said.

Heather Sullivan, 37, is accused of hopping into the ambulance, which was parked on the emergency ramp with the keys in the ignition. She then fled the ECMC parking lot in the ambulance heading east on Kensington Avenue and reaching speeds of nearly 100 mph as she was pursued by ECMC police officers.

In a Buffalo police report, hospital police described seeing the ambulance nearly hit pedestrians and other vehicles as it passed through several intersections.

Sullivan eventually lost control of the vehicle at a Walgreens pharmacy on Kensington Avenue, near Wehrle Drive. The ambulance struck a curb and came to rest on the grass.

Sullivan was charged with reckless endangerment, grand larceny, criminal possession of a stolen vehicle and other counts.


Shooting victim listed in critical condition

A man in his late 20s was in critical condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center after being shot at about 10 p.m. Saturday on Kilhofer Street near East Ferry Street.

Ferry-Fillmore officers said they are looking for a person who fired several shots, critically injuring one man and grazing another who was treated in ECMC and released.


Victim of fatal shooting identified by police

A 19-year-old Buffalo man shot to death Saturday afternoon on the city's West Side was identified by Buffalo police Sunday as Shaquille Woods.

Woods was shot at Massachusetts and Shields avenues at about 1:45 p.m. Police sources have said they believe the attack was drug-related.

Woods was taken to Buffalo General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255 or email the information by visiting and clicking on "Report a Tip."


Man found dead after wife reports suicidal threats

A man was found dead Friday in the Town of Niagara shortly after a woman reported her husband made suicidal threats.

Town of Niagara police and Niagara County sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the Blank Road residence in the Wildwood Acres community at 6:44 p.m. They were talking to the woman in the driveway when gunshots were heard from inside the residence.

The sheriff's Emergency Response Team found a 46-year-old man dead inside a bedroom from a gunshot wound to the head.


Buffalo man shot in arm in 1700 block of Genesee St.

A 22-year-old Buffalo man shot just after noon Sunday in the 1700 block of Genesee Street was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released, Buffalo police said.

The victim, Jordan Hicks, told police someone approached him and shot him in the arm.

Ferry-Fillmore District detectives are investigating.

Hicks was shot before -- in the lower back in July 2009 while on Goodyear Avenue, according to a Buffalo News report.


Vacant house destroyed by fire on Blake Avenue

A two-alarm fire Sunday destroyed a vacant house at 69 Blake Ave. on Buffalo's East Side and damaged four other residences.

Fire officials said the house was the scene of a previous fire. An emergency demolition was ordered.

The Buffalo Fire Department got the call at 9:13 a.m. Houses at 65 Blake, 73 Blake and 68 Blake were also damaged from the fire, as well as a fence at 56 Rosyln St.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. The Red Cross was called to help four adults and one child.


Two charged with selling liquor to underage buyers

Two women were accused Sunday of selling alcohol to underage buyers after state police and the State Liquor Authority did a check of 11 businesses in Clarence.

Lauren Modica, 24, of Buffalo, and Christine Bruyere, 40, of Cheektowaga, were charged with unlawful sale of alcohol to a person less than 21 years old.

Both were released on appearance tickets to return to Clarence Town Court at a later date.


Hamburg woman charged with DWI in Boston

A Hamburg woman was arrested in the Town of Boston and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Karen M. Stevens, 54, was driving errantly on Boston State Road shortly after 8 p.m., state police reported.

Stevens was found to be intoxicated, troopers said, but refused to take a breath test after her arrest.