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The weekend’s police and fire department activities

Great Valley mother dies in crash of car on Route 219

GREAT VALLEY – A Great Valley woman died early Saturday from injuries received in a Friday night car crash near her home.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office said Teresa M. Bergeron, 34, of Humphrey Road, died at Erie County Medical Center, where she was taken after the wreck at 6:18 p.m. Friday. Her two children, who were passengers in the vehicle - Harley, 4, and Briana, 2 - were released after treatment in Olean General Hospital.

The sheriff’s office said Bergeron was driving south on Route 219 in her 2013 Toyota when she ran a four-way stop sign at Humphrey Road, crashing into a tree.

Three struck by gunfire in parking lot near ECMC

Buffalo detectives said three people were struck by gunfire during a large gathering in a parking lot area in the first block of Durham Avenue just before 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

Two of the three, a 25-year-old Buffalo woman and a 25-year-old Cheektowaga man, were treated and released from nearby Erie County Medical Center. An 18-year-old Buffalo male remains in ECMC with non-life threatening injuries.

No arrests have been reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIPCALL Line at 716 847-2255.

Damage placed at $50,000 in Amherst playground fire

Amherst police are looking for the public’s help in their investigation of a Saturday fire that destroyed more than $50,000 worth of playground equipment at Paradise Park on Paradise Road.

East Amherst volunteer firefighters extinguished the fire, which was reported at 3:24 p.m. The equipment - a large prefabricated unit including swings, steps and a jungle gym - was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.

“It’s under investigation as a potential arson fire,” said Scott Wehrlin, first assistant chief. However, he said it’s also possible wood chips around the unit might have caught fire in the sunshine, similar to the way a mulch fire is started.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Amherst police at 689-1311.

Airborne bounce house snared by high-voltage lines

TOWN OF NIAGARA – A bounce house being used in a backyard party on Norman Street in the Town of Niagara was blown off its moorings Saturday and became tangled in high-voltage power lines, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said.

The call was received at 4:22 p.m., and the Niagara Active Fire Company reported that a National Grid crew was summoned to remove the bounce house from the wires. However, a witness who identified himself only as Lou told The Buffalo News the crew left the bounce house resting atop wires connected to a large tripod pole in a field about 200 feet from the nearest house. Lou said the bounce house flew high into the air and landed on the wires, about 40 feet off the ground. He said a firefighter told him they were 320,000-volt power lines.

There were no children in the playhouse at the time, and no injuries were reported. No outage resulted.

Mascia figure is accused of stabbing rival with pen

The man who recorded former Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority commissioner Joseph Mascia using racial slurs against prominent black Buffalo politicians was arrested Thursday after using a pen to stab and slash his ex-wife’s boyfriend in the head, Town of Tonawanda police reported.

Paul J. Christopher, 43, of the Town of Tonawanda, is charged with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, as the attack unfolded before a 12-year-old child about 6 p.m.

Officers were called to a baseball game at diamonds on Brompton Road after an argument became violent, police said.

The victim was treated in Kenmore Mercy Hospital for injuries not considered life-threatening, police said.

Christopher was arraigned in the Town of Tonawanda Court and held without bail, pending a court appearance 2 p.m. Monday, police said.

Man operating tractor dies in Hartland accident

HARTLAND – A man found trapped beneath a tractor attached to a haybine Saturday was later pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim, whose identity was not released pending notification of family, was discovered unconscious just before 10 a.m. in a side yard at 9201 Seaman Road. The sheriff’s office, which blamed the accident on a mechanical failure, said the investigation is continuing.

A witness called 911, and deputies and members of the Hartland Fire Department responded, authorities said.