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>Man, 20, fatally shot; woman critically wounded

A young man is dead and a young woman was critically wounded in a shooting Sunday night in an upper apartment at 273 Woodlawn Ave. near Jefferson Avenue, according to Buffalo police.

Investigators said the 20-year-old man died after he was taken to Erie County Medical Center. The woman, 19, was reported in critical condition. The shootings occurred about 8 p.m.

Police, who were still trying to determine details of the shooting late Sunday, did not release any other information about the incident. It is the city's third homicide this year.


>Woman raped by man, as two restrain her

Two men held a Buffalo woman down, and a third man raped her early Saturday on Abbott Road, Buffalo police said.

South District officers said the woman was waiting outside a bar for her boyfriend to pick her up at about 3:30 a.m. when she was confronted by a group of men.

The men slammed her down on the sidewalk, injuring her cheek, chin, right hand and both knees and cracking her two front teeth, police said.

The men then forced her into a yard behind the bar, where she was assaulted.


>Sheriff's deputy injured as his car hits building

ALBION -- An Orleans County sheriff's deputy is in guarded condition in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, with injuries suffered late Saturday when his patrol car hit a building as he was en route to help another deputy in a chase.

Deputy Jason M. Silleman, 33, veered onto the shoulder of East County House Road, Town of Albion, at about 9:45 p.m., then careened into the corner of a metal storage building.

He was on his way to help Sgt. Michael C. Mele pursue a van that ran a stop sign and nearly hit Mele's patrol car at Powerline and Hindsburg roads in the Town of Clarendon, the Sheriff's Office said.

The chase ended on Route 237 in the Town of Byron in Genesee County after Genesee County sheriff's deputies put down a spike strip.

Arrested on numerous charges were the driver, Edward A. Fischer, 44, of Rochester, and his passenger, Renee E. Farsace, 22, also of Rochester. Both are in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Deputies said that Fischer was wanted on a Rochester City Court bench warrant. Officers added they found drug paraphernalia and stolen merchandise from two Monroe County stores in the van.


>Drive-by shooting victim accused of murder attempt

Michael P. Easley, 18, of Ruhland Avenue, has been charged with attempted murder in a shooting two weeks ago, Buffalo police report.

Easley also was charged with criminal use of a firearm. He was arrested in his home at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday by Ferry-Fillmore District Officers Steven Sierk and Lavonne Handsor.

The victim, Tommy Tyree Works, was shot three times -- in his chest, right arm and right leg -- early Dec. 21 at Sycamore and Gittere streets. One of the bullets remains lodged in his lung, police said.

According to police reports, Easley was shot in the lower left leg in a drive-by shooting at Walden Avenue and Ruhland at about 12:15 a.m. Dec. 31.


>Burglar takes TV, VCR from church on High

A burglar broke into Church of God Tabernacle, 526 High St., over the weekend and stole electronic items from the choir room, Buffalo police said.

Witnesses told Ferry-Fillmore District officers that the burglar, wearing a leather coat and blue sweat pants, entered the church at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday and stole a VCR and 19-inch television set with a built-in VCR.


>Ejection from nightclub leads to man's arrest

A 23-year-old Buffalo man was arrested early Sunday morning on Pearl Street after a fight in the nearby Serenity nightclub, Buffalo police reported.

Martez Carter was involved in a fight in the nightclub at about 3:30 a.m., was ejected by security personnel and then was overheard by a police officer that he planned to return with a gun from his car, according to police.

Carter was charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing governmental administration and possession of a weapon. Arresting Officer Jeffrey Mott was assisted by Officer Patrick Humiston.

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