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>Victim pistol-whipped in West Side robbery

A man was hit in the head several times with a handgun during a robbery at Pennsylvania Street and Lakeview Avenue on the Lower West Side early Tuesday, police said.

The man said he was approached by two men who hit him repeatedly in the head before taking $50 and his watch shortly after midnight. He was treated in Buffalo General Hospital.

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>Man who hit cop car, snuck away pleads guilty

A Buffalo man was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated last Nov. 11, when he hit a police patrol car in a parking lot and sneaked away.

Richard Brocato Jr., 38, of Colvin Avenue, was ordered jail time by State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang because he had violated probation in a previous drunken driving case five years ago. Brocato pleaded guilty to drunken driving and felony unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the latest case.

Prosecutor Garrett Grieser said Brocato plowed into Police Officer Sharon Acker's patrol car in the parking lot of a restaurant in the 2000 block of Delaware Avenue. After telling Acker he needed to use the men's room in the restaurant, Brocato snuck out a back way and walked home. He was arrested about an hour later by Police Lt. John King.

After his arrest, Brocato told probation officers he left his car in the parking lot because he had to get home "to watch the hockey game," Grieser told the judge.

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>Woman tells police she was drugged in bar

A woman told Buffalo Police she apparently was drugged in bar last weekend and woke up in a hotel room with two men she didn't know.

Central District police said the woman believed she was drugged at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday in a Delaware Avenue bar near Chippewa Street.

The woman told police that she didn't remember anything until she awoke at about 5 a.m. in a Main Street hotel room with two men. She said she put on her clothes and ran out. She told police that she does not know if she was raped.

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>Charter school windows smashed in break-in

Buffalo police were looking for the burglar who broke into Community Charter School, 404 Edison Ave.

Principal Karen D'Aurizio told Northeast District police that five windows were smashed at the rear of the school sometime between 1 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday. Damage was estimated at about $2,000. Items worth about $3,000 were stolen.

Two computers worth about $2,000 were stolen from the school in a break-in last November.

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>3 face graffiti counts after officers spot paint

Three young men accused of painting graffiti on businesses and homes on Buffalo's West Side were arrested early Tuesday after officers spotted them in a store at Massachusetts and Niagara streets with spray paint on their hands and clothing.

Jacob Biondo, 18; Christopher Parwulski, 19; and Matthew Swan, 20, were charged with third-degree criminal mischief, fifth-degree conspiracy and graffiti charges.

Officer said the three spray-painted their "tags" -- Him, Korps and Worm -- outside the store as well as on the water intake station and a Peace Bridge support beam and utility box, causing $250 damage.

Police said they found three backpacks containing numerous cans of spray paint nearby. Officers alleged the three assisted one another by acting as lookouts as the others painted.

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>Weapons charge filed following police chase

An East Utica Street man was arrested Tuesday after leading police on a foot chase and pulling out a loaded handgun, police reported.

Anthwan D. Hampton, 23, was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and obstructing governmental administration.

Police said Officers Jose Colon and John Poisson were investigating a report of a man with a gun at about 12:05 a.m. when they spotted a man fitting the description walking east on East Utica Street.

As they got out of their cruiser, Colon and Poisson saw the man pull a handgun from his pocket.

Police said Hampton refused to drop the gun and ran into his home on the 300 block of East Utica. Police said Colon and Poisson kicked in the door, forcibly subdued Hampton in the bathroom and found a .22-caliber revolver in the kitchen sink.

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>Robber runs with purse, only keeps $20 in cash

A Jamestown woman was robbed at knifepoint while visiting a relative's home in Buffalo about 8:55 p.m. Monday, police said.

Northwest District Police said the woman was standing on her relative's front porch in the 200 block of Roesch Avenue when a man walked up to her, displayed a large knife and said, "Give me the purse. How much money do you have? Don't say a word, or I'll come back and kill you."

The man stole her purse -- which contained her ID, credit cards and $20 -- and ran east on Rosedale Street. Officers recovered the purse on a sidewalk on Rosedale. Nothing was taken except the $20.

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