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Shots fired into lounge, but no one is injured

A gunman fired shots into the front window of a Kensington Avenue lounge early Saturday.

No one was injured in the incident at about 2 a.m. outside the Fountain Blue Lounge at 943 Kensington Ave.

Witnesses told police the shots were fired by one of two men in a white vehicle. According to police reports, two men unfamiliar to bar staff who had been ejected from the lounge a week earlier are suspected of committing the crime.


Fire in vacant house causes $15,000 damage

Fire swept through a vacant two-and-a-half-story home at 29 Goodyear Ave. Saturday, causing $15,000 damage.

Crews arrived at the scene shortly after 7:30 a.m., and the cause of the fire remained under investigation later in the day. There were no injuries

In recent months, Common Council members have raised safety concerns about the large number of vacant buildings that scar many city neighborhoods. They point to statistics indicating that about half of all major fires in Buffalo occur in vacant structures. In November, the Council passed a capital budget that increases funding for demolitions.

Last week, city lawmakers asked state and federal officials for at least $10 million additional aid to pay for the demolition of about 1,000 decaying structures. Council members claim there are at least 3,000 vacant buildings that should be torn down.


Two women charged with drug trafficking

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Two city women face drug charges after officers broke up an ecstasy and methamphetamine trafficking operation Thursday, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Jennifer Fellinger, 18, was charged with six counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking. Ashley Leith, 20, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking.

Leith was released pending a future court date. Fellinger was taken into police custody pending a bail hearing.


Leap from window ends third escape attempt

A Buffalo man three times fled from police this weekend and, in his third attempt, dove out a third-floor window at Buffalo Police Headquarters early Saturday, officers reported.

Brian Collins Jr., 20, of Reed Street, was first apprehended after a foot chase that ended on Domedian Avenue at about 9:40 p.m. Friday, when police responded to a call of a man with a gun.

After he was taken to the Ferry-Fillmore District Station, he managed to slip out of his handcuffs and flee from the patrol car, police said.

After a second foot chase, he again was caught. Collins was taken to headquarters, where he was being interviewed by detectives. At about 2 a.m. Saturday, police said, he managed to get away from the detectives and jump out a window in the Homicide Bureau's third-floor office.

Detective Mark Lauber and Officer Robert Gonez caught Collins, who was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Collins was charged with escape, criminal possession of a handgun and stolen property, assaulting a police officer, false impersonation, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

Police said one officer injured his right knee during one of the foot chases.


Bank's mistaken deposit spurs ATM withdrawals

A Colvin Avenue man who Evans National Bank officials say made multiple withdrawals from his bank account after the bank erroneously deposted $1,243 into it, is under investigation by Buffalo police, according to reports.

Bank officials said they made the deposit into the man's account in error recently, and the individual took the money by making ATM withdrawals.

The man told police he doesn't know who withdrew $896 from his account.

Detectives are still looking into the case.


Police talk man down from roof of home

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Niagara Regional Police said they arrested an emotionally disturbed man Saturday morning after he escaped from St. Catharines General Hospital and remained on the roof of a home for two hours.

Police did not release the name of the man, who was charged with mischief and escaping lawful custody.

After fleeing the hospital where he had been taken by police under the Mental Health Act, the man climbed onto the roof of a home on Vine Street South. Fearing for the man's safety, police called crisis negotiators and members of the Emergency Task Unit. Uniformed officers surrounded the home.

At one point, the man started throwing roofing shingles at officers. After about two hours, police were able to talk the man down a ladder and they took him into custody. He was expected to appear at a bail hearing today.

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