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Union Springs Fire

Union Springs and Aurelius fire departments extinguish a car fire Saturday following an accident at Oakwood Service Center. 

HIT: To a community project inspired at home.

Lance Davenport, of Weedsport, didn't have to look far when coming up with ideas for his Eagle Scout project. Lance, 17, is keenly aware of the struggles that families can have getting the right kind of help for a family member with a disability. Lance's brother, Nathan, is autistic, so Lance knows there are community services out there. The culmination of his project will be a Family Conference for Developmental Disabilities, where experts in the field will be on hand to share their knowledge.

We applaud Lance for his efforts.

MISS: To a night that went from bad to worse for a local motorist.

Police said an Auburn woman was intoxicated when she crashed her car at an auto repair shop on Route 326 in Union Springs March 24. The woman wasn't injured, but after she got out of her wrecked vehicle, it caught fire and the flames spread to other cars parked nearby. A total of six vehicles were damaged before firefighters from Union Springs and Aurelius were able to get the fire out.

The driver is now scheduled for an April court date, when she can try to explain to a judge what happened that night.

MISS: To a late-night meeting that went terribly wrong.

The Auburn Police Department reported that a man was attacked in his home last weekend by someone he invited over. A man who lives on Pulaski Street had invited a man from nearby Van Anden Street into his home late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The guest, police said, tried to stab the other man at about 1:35 a.m. and then punched him in the head several times. Police caught up with the suspect about 30 minutes later and charged him with felony-level assault and criminal possession of a weapon. He was sent to the county jail without bail.

We're not sure what went wrong in between the time they met and when they parted, but one of them is now facing a possible prison sentence.

The Citizen Editorial Board includes publisher Rob Forcey, managing editor Mike Dowd and executive editor Jeremy Boyer.