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>Women unhurt as shots hit home on E. Delavan

Two women escaped injury at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday when gunmen opened fire on their home, police said.

Northeast District police said two gunmen dressed entirely in black fired four or five shots into the house on the 800 block of East Delavan Avenue, hitting the bathroom.

Police said the gunmen then ran through the yards, heading east towards Moselle Street.

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>Suspect in home invasions indicted on 21 charges

Darnell J. Prude, a suspect in several violent home invasions involving elderly victims, was indicted Thursday on 21 counts of burglary and robbery, assault and grand larceny for eight attacks between June 9, 2006, and Sept. 21.

Prude, 18, of Wyoming Street, will be arraigned on the indictment Tuesday morning, District Attorney Frank J. Clark said.

Douglas Stiller, Prude's court-appointed attorney, could not be reached to comment.

Jailed since Oct. 5, Prude faces a prison term of up to 50 years if convicted on all the counts lodged against him.

The Lafayette High School dropout was nabbed following an investigation headed by Buffalo Police Detective Brenda Callahan-Moll and Detective Charles Militello. They were investigating more than a dozen additional home invasions of elderly victims within one square mile of the Broadway Market since May 2006.

According to court records, Prude is charged with eight home invasions on Grimes Street, Rother Avenue, Brighton Avenue, Mohr Avenue and Person Street -- all committed between June 9, 2006, and Sept. 21 of this year.

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>3 fires set in 32 hours at Koons Ave. home

Within a 32-hour period, arsonists struck three times at a vacant home at 342 Koons Ave., Buffalo fire officials.

Firefighters were summoned to the house, off Walden Avenue, at 6:29 p.m. Tuesday, 8:47 p.m. Wednesday and 1:35 a.m. Thursday, according to fire reports.

The blazes left $30,000 damage the first time, none the second time and $20,000 on the third occasion.

Officials have requested emergency demolition of the structure.

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>$1,000 video projector stolen from Shea's

A video projector valued at more than $1,000 was stolen Thursday from Shea's Performing Arts Center, Shea's officials told Buffalo police. The theft occurred between 7:15 and 9:30 a.m.

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>Five teenage girls attack, rob woman

An Allen Street woman suffered bruises on her neck and a possible broken jaw early Thursday when she was attacked by a gang of five teenage girls during a robbery, police reported.

The victim was at Edward and Pearl streets at about 2 a.m. when she was confronted by the teenage girls, according to Central District police.

The girls stole the four chains on her neck and a pair of earrings, valued at about $1,250, police said.

It was unclear if the woman received any medical treatment.

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>Man shot outside market upgraded, ECMC reports

The condition of an Ashland Avenue man shot twice Wednesday in a robbery attempt outside a West Delavan Avenue market was upgraded, Erie County Medical Center officials said Thursday.

Timothy Pierce Jr., 31, now listed in serious condition, remains in the hospital's intensive care unit. Pierce was shot in the torso and leg at about 1:40 p.m. outside Bobby's Price-Rite Market, 326 W. Delavan Ave.

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>Arrest follows tossing of garbage can at truck

A fight on West Chippewa Street early Thursday led to the arrest of a Normal Avenue man who is accused of throwing a metal garbage can at another man's pickup truck, police said.

Kantisak Manirath, 25, is charged with criminal mischief. Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said a fight erupted outside 43 W. Chippewa at about 2:30 a.m.

Damage to the pickup was estimated at $250, police said.

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>Truck topples pole, wires; man charged with DWI

A 39-year-old man accused of drunken driving crashed his pickup truck into a utility pole on Ganson Street at about 2 a.m. Thursday, shearing the pole in two and collapsing power lines into the street, police said,.

Bradley D. Hernandez, of Versailles, is listed in fair condition in Erie County Medical Center.

"Apparently he crashed his vehicle, a 2000 Dodge Dakota, into a utility pole that brought down wires and made the street impassable," Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

Police also said the power lines were blocking traffic and came to rest on a Buffalo Fire Department building, which caused damage. Hernandez, who was trapped in his pickup truck, was found in the driver's seat with the keys in the ignition.

Police said Hernandez refused a blood test and was charged with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

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