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>Gunshots from vehicle wound man on Kensington

A man walking along Kensington Avenue was shot Sunday morning after the driver of a vehicle slowed down to watch a nearby couple arguing, police said.

The man said he was approaching the couple at about 4 a.m., when six shots rang out from the vehicle, one of them striking him in the left shoulder. The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment, police said.

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>Elderly woman removed from home without heat

NEWFANE -- An elderly woman was removed from a Main Street house with no heat or electricity Saturday after authorities found her in soiled clothing.
Police were sent to the address Saturday morning, when they learned of the woman's plight. The woman was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for treatment.

Police said a man told police he sometimes heated the home with an outside generator but was unable to use it consistently because of noise complaints by neighbors.

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>Woman delivering food robbed of $100, car

A woman delivering takeout food was robbed by three men, one armed with a shotgun, at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday while dropping off an order at an Alamo Street address, police said.

The woman said the three men got away with $100, a cell phone and her 1986 Honda.

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>Arrest made after chase by car and on foot

CUBA -- A Caneadea man is accused of leading police on a chase, first by car and then on foot, along Route 98 in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties Saturday.

Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies arrested Joseph M. Mattina, 34, of Council House Road, at about 12:50 a.m. outside Cuba after following him from Freedom.

Mattina was charged with unlawfully fleeing a police officer, speeding and other motor vehicle violations. He was being held on $2,500 bail and could face additional charges once police complete their investigation.

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>Two in ski masks rob woman at gunpoint

A woman was held up at about 9 p.m. Saturday by two men wearing ski masks, one of them armed with a handgun, police said.

Police said the robbery occurred in a parking lot at 64 Block St., where one of the robbers confronted the woman and said, "Give me your money or I'll shoot you." The two men fled with $60 in cash, police said.

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>Man charged with DWI after snowmobile crash

CHERRY CREEK -- A Cherry Creek man was charged with snowmobiling while intoxicated after his sled struck a tree at about 8:20 p.m. Saturday.

John D. Fafinski was arrested following the collision off Thornton Road, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

A passenger who was thrown from the snowmobile refused treatment, they added.

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>Drive-by shooting using pellet gun wounds man

A drive-by shooting with a pellet gun sent a Buffalo man to the hospital Sunday.

The victim said he was walking on South Park Avenue near Southside Parkway at about 2:15 p.m when someone in a blue Trailblazer with dark tinted windows shot at him five times, police said.

Police said the man was hit three times and had to have the pellets surgically removed in Mercy Hospital.

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>Man stabbed in cheek during fight in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- 23-year-old man was stabbed in the cheek during a fight in the 1800 block of Elmwood Avenue just before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, police said.
The victim, a Spruce Avenue resident, told police an unknown man instigated an argument and attacked him -- concealing a small knife in his hand when he punched him in the face.

The victim received four stitches to close the wound, police said.

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>Deputies charge woman with felony assault

A Buffalo woman charged with driving offenses allegedly punched an Erie County sheriff's deputy and tried to bite others in the Erie County Holding Center at about 11:20 p.m. Saturday, deputies said.

Tamara Small, of Eller Street, was charged with felony assault, deputies added.

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>Woman in Falls says ex-boyfriend robbed her

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 19th Street woman told police she was robbed Sunday by a former boyfriend.
The victim, 49, told police she allowed the man to stay at her home and, when she stepped out to go to the store at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, the ex-boyfriend, 19, stole a DVD player, 24 DVDs and $750 in cash. The loss was estimated at $1,200.

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