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July 31, 2008

One dies, two injured as fire destroys home

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Searchers Wednesday evening found a body in the ruins of a home near the Beechwood Golf Course that was destroyed by an explosion and three-alarm fire earlier in the day, Niagara Regional Police report. Two women were injured in the blaze.

Police were unable to confirm whether the victim was a woman who lived there and who was believed to be inside when the fire began about 3:30 p.m. The golf course was evacuated until firefighters secured a large propane tank near the house, which stood in a secluded wooded area.

The two injured women were taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital and were identified only as domestic employees working in the home at 4389 Beechwood Road.

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Man with stolen tools faces felony charge

An Anderson Place man faces a felony charge of criminal possession of stolen property after police found him with up to $20,000 of stolen generators and power tools, according to Buffalo police reports.

Paul C. Budzyn, 51, allegedly had three generators, five large black garbage bags containing various power and hand tools, three aluminum ladders and a concrete saw reported stolen from West Seneca, Orchard Park and Hamburg.

Budzyn was arrested Tuesday afternoon by South District Detectives Louis Ruberto and Mark Fitzpatrick.

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Thieves take copper pipes from home, social club

Two buildings in Buffalo’s West Side were stripped of copper pipes in separate incidents, police report.

A woman told police that she came home Tuesday on Rees Street in the Grant-Forest neighborhood and discovered that her copper pipes were stolen, causing major water damage.

Copper pipes and a pop machine were stolen from the Wincrest Sportsman’s Club, 184 Rhode Island St., at about 9:30 a.m. June 20, police said. The thief ransacked both floors, destroyed a metal cabinet and caused extensive damage.

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Woman accused of threat to boy about to testify

A Winslow Avenue woman faces a felony charge of tampering with a witness after threatening the mother of a boy about to testify before the grand jury in an assault case, Buffalo police reported.

Felicia N. Collins, 26, is accused of going to the family’s home and telling the victim’s mother that “we’re gonna beat your son up again when he goes to summer school . . . but only worse.”

The boy was assaulted by Collins’ friend on May 29 in Woodlawn Park and suffered several broken facial bones that required three reconstructive surgeries at Women and Children’s Hospital, police reports stated. Collins also was charged with criminal trespass and harassment.

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