BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Police say the owner of a western New York auto repair shop has been killed in an explosion at the shop. The Buffalo News identifies the victim as 56-year-old Stephen Pawlowski of Tonawanda. The explosion happened yesterday at Steve's Auto Service in Buffalo. A co-worker tells the newspaper that he and the owner were working on a car's fuel pump when the worker left to answer the phone. He then heard the owner yell "Fire!" He says the garage burst into flames.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) - An Army sergeant has agreed to a nearly three-year prison sentence in return for pleading guilty to secretly photographing and videotaping at least a dozen women at West Point. Officials say Sergeant 1st Class Michael McClendon agreed to a plea bargain that includes a 33-month sentence, loss of pay, a reduction in rank to private and a bad-conduct discharge.
TROY, N.Y. (AP) - An Troy church pastor plans to raffle a rifle during an upcoming Sunday service. The Reverend John Koletas (kuh-LEE'-tihs) of the Grace Baptist Church says he's showing support for owners and hunters by giving away the modified AR-15, the same type that was used to kill 20 children and six staff members at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - The commander of the New York Army National Guard's famous "Fighting 69th" will give a talk on the book he wrote about the unit's service in the Iraq War. Major Sean Flynn of Delmar will discuss his book this afternoon at the New York State Military Museum in Saratoga Springs.
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