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Fashion City robbed of $6,000 in clothes

A Bailey Avenue clothing store was looted of merchandise valued at around $6,000 overnight Thursday by thieves who broke a plate-glass window, Buffalo police said.

Police said Fashion City, 3112 Bailey, was entered between 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 8:45 a.m. Friday. Thieves also broke the master lock on the outer gate of the plate-glass window. Among items stolen were 14 leather jackets valued at $3,500.

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Another pupil alleges improper touching

NEWFANE -- A third Newfane Middle School pupil is alleging that she, too, was touched improperly by vocal music teacher Mark Matteson, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The 14-year-old girl told Niagara County sheriff's investigators Thursday that Matteson touched her thigh during class in February 2005, when she was 12.

Two 12-year-old girls made similar charges in December.

On Jan. 4, Matteson, 31, of East Amherst, was charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree sexual abuse. Matteson is expected to be charged with another endangerment count.

Matteson has been suspended with pay pending the results of the investigation.

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NFTA police arrest man wanted for murder

A routine traffic stop by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police Friday morning resulted in the arrest of a Best Street man in connection with an October slaying on Berwyn Avenue, authorities said.

Richard D. Moore, 23, was wanted on an Erie County Court indictment warrant on charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, attempted first-degree assault, felony assault and two counts of weapons possession. A passenger in a car, Moore attempted to flee from police after the car was stopped for a traffic infraction about 11 a.m. at Kensington and Fillmore avenues.

Moore, of Eggert Road, began walking away from the scene, and when stopped by police, pushed an officer and ran, authorities said. He was apprehended by NFTA Officers John Politowski and Thomas Herbert a short time later.

Moore is accused of fatally shooting Demitrius Fountain, 20, of Kenmore on Oct. 7 in the 100 block of Berwyn near Bailey Avenue. Fountain was shot twice in the head and died a short time later in Erie County Medical Center. Another man, Michael S. Moore, 22, of Humber Avenue, was shot in the back. He was treated and released later.

As the result of Friday's incident, Moore also was charged with obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

He was ordered to remain in jail Friday after he pleaded not guilty during his arraignment before Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico.

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Ohio Street arson does $40,000 damage to trailer

Damage was pegged at close to $40,000 in an arson of an Ohio Street office trailer earlier this week, Buffalo police said.

Representatives for 1095 Niagara St. Inc. told police that an unknown vandal set fire to its office trailer and store area at 301 Ohio St. between 6 p.m. Wednesday and 3:40 p.m. Thursday.

The trailer was valued at about $4,000, but construction equipment being housed inside also was damaged in the fire.

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Ex-maintenance man pleads guilty in attack

Edward Pagan, a former maintenance man at a Cheektowaga apartment complex, pleaded guilty Friday to the violent daytime attack on a 93-year-old man inside the victim's flat.

State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski told Pagan, 57, that he will cap his prison term at 15 years. Pagan was sent to jail pending his April 18 sentencing.

Pagan had keys to all the flats in the Concord Drive complex owned by a man now living in Florida, prosecutor Maura O'Donnell said.

The victim was sitting on his bed when Pagan entered and beat him about the head and face, breaking his jaw and causing internal head injuries. He has since recovered from severe head and face injuries.

Pagan, who had been scheduled to stand trial in the case next month, pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and first-degree assault charges.

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Sexual-abuse complaint against deputy probed

Three agencies are investigating the complaint of a man who says he was sexually abused by an Erie County sheriff's deputy who arrested him in a traffic incident in Elma about a week ago, District Attorney Frank J. Clark said Friday.

Clark said the allegations are being investigated by the district attorney, Sheriff's Office and State Police. Clark declined to identify the deputy targeted by the allegation.

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Chimney fire leaves $25,000 damage to home

A chimney fire at 192 Geary St. left $25,000 damage to a 1 1/2 -story frame home late Thursday night, Buffalo fire officials reported Friday. Investigators blamed the blaze on an improperly cleaned wood stove.

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