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>Teen held in looting ex-state senator's home

A Carmel Road teen was charged with burglary and possession of stolen property Thursday in connection with breaking into former state Sen. Marc Coppola's Crestwood Avenue home late last week, Buffalo police report.

The 16-year-old is accused of breaking in through a side door and stealing $30 cash and a jewelry box containing various items.

Northwest District Officers Brian Griffin and John Garcia arrested the teen at about 1 a.m. on Carmel Road. A black book bag containing various pieces of jewelry was recovered, but an iPod Nano and digital camera still were missing, police reports said.


>Teen charged in robbery of Main Street pizzeria

A Leroy Avenue teen was charged late Wednesday with four counts of robbery and criminal use of a firearm in connection with a July 6 robbery of Avenue Pizza at 2620 Main St., Buffalo police reported.

Paul J. Middlebrooks, 17, is accused of being one of two men who went to the back door of the pizzeria about 9 p.m., entered and forced employees to the floor at gunpoint.

They allegedly stole money from the pizzeria and the employees before fleeing through the back door, police said. The other suspect is still at large.


>Canadian border agents report cocaine seizure

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- More than 40 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $2.2 million (Canadian) was seized earlier this week by Canadian border agents at the Peace Bridge, Canada Border Services Agency authorities reported Thursday.

The incident, which occurred Monday, is the largest cocaine seizure made by Canadian border agents at the Peace Bridge this year, according to Jean D'Amelio Swyer, communications manager for the agency.

The drugs were found in a rented Ford Explorer that was referred for examination because of inconsistencies in the driver's oral declaration, officials said.

Fifteen packages of neatly packaged and marked cocaine were found hidden inside the door panels. The driver and his passenger, both from the Toronto area, were arrested.


>Masked gunman robs Elmwood Ave. store

A masked man robbed an Elmwood Avenue convenience store early Thursday after pointing a handgun at a clerk, reported Buffalo police.

The man entered Cameron's 24 Hour Store, at 1054 Elmwood Ave., just after 6 a.m., displayed a black handgun and demanded money, Northwest District police reported.

The clerk complied and handed over about $20.


>Deli owner pleads guilty to having bathroom cam

A Lancaster delicatessen owner who pleaded guilty to having a surveillance camera in the bathroom of his business is scheduled for sentencing next week.

Greyt Thuerck, 45, of Willow Ridge Court, was arrested last fall on felony charges of unlawful surveillance for no legitimate purpose. Police began investigating after receiving a camera and videotapes from the Broadway Deli, 5430 Broadway, then seized additional tapes after obtaining a search warrant for the deli.

According to Assistant Erie County District Attorney Scott Reardon, Thuerck pleaded guilty to four felony charges, each of which carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. He will be sentenced July 26 before state Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns.


>Police release identity of driver killed in crash

Buffalo police have identified the driver killed Wednesday in a crash on Fuhrmann Boulevard as Jonathan Ference, 43, of Buffalo.

Police said Ference's Ford Escape apparently failed to negotiate a curve at about 3:30 p.m. and crashed head-on into a concrete wall.

The medical examiner reported he died of multiple blunt force trauma.

Police still had not determined the cause of the crash, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman.


>Teenage girl beaten in gang-related assault

A 15-year-old Buffalo girl was beaten Wednesday night during a gang assault at Hickory and South Division streets, police reported.

The victim was treated in Women & Children's Hospital for cuts and swelling to her head.

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