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Police report few problems Wednesday on Chippewa

The Chippewa entertainment district faced few problems on Thanksgiving eve, one of the busiest bar nights of the year.

Buffalo police made about a half-dozen arrests Wednesday night and early Thursday morning on the Chippewa Strip, but police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said no one was charged with serious offenses.

Most of the arrests were alcohol-related. DeGeorge said there were fewer problems on the Chippewa strip this year than on Thanksgiving eves in some prior years. He thinks law enforcers had something to do with the relative calm.

"We had a strong police presence Wednesday," DeGeorge said.


Car rollover injures one on Parkside Ave.

Police were investigating a rollover accident on Parkside Avenue in North Buffalo on Thursday night.

A driver apparently lost control of a vehicle at about 9 p.m. as it was traveling in the 300-block of Parkside, just south of Amherst Street, said police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Details remained sketchy Thursday night, but DeGeorge said there were initial indications that at least one person was injured.


Man shot in leg outside Hirschbeck Street home

A man was shot in the leg Thursday night outside a home on the East Side.

Police responded to a shooting shortly before 9:30 p.m. on Hirschbeck Street, between Broadway and Pullman Place.

The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

A witness saw a black Pontiac Grand Am fleeing the area shortly after the shooting, said police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. But he added that it was unclear whether the vehicle had any connection to the crime.


Man is knocked out, jaw broken in robbery

An Amherst man was knocked unconscious and had his jaw broken when he was beaten with a metal object during a robbery Wednesday afternoon on the city's West Side, Buffalo police reported.

The Allenhurst Road man was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released.

Central District police said the man was in the 200 block of West Ferry Street at about 2:30 p.m. when an unknown person hit him in the face with a metal object, possibly a pipe, and stole $100 and a gold chain.


Woman attacked, raped on West Avenue

The Buffalo Police Sex Offense Squad is investigating a rape that occurred early Wednesday on the West Side.

A woman said she was attacked from behind as she walked north on West Avenue between Bird and Forest avenues at about 2:30 a.m. The assailant displayed a knife and forced the victim into an abandoned house, where he raped and sodomized her.

The suspect was described as a man in his 20s, about 6 feet tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a black hoodie and baggy sweat pants.


St. Catharines woman, 84, struck, killed by truck

An elderly St. Catharines, Ont., woman was killed Wednesday night after she was struck by a pickup truck while crossing a street.

Niagara Regional Police said the 84-year-old woman was hit while attempting to cross Lake Street at about 6:45 p.m. Investigators have not released the name of the victim, who was wearing dark clothing as she tried to cross the street. The driver of the 2001 Ford pickup wasn't injured.

The incident remains under investigation by the Niagara Regional Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Police believe excessive rain may have been a contributing factor. Any witnesses are asked to contact investigators at (905) 688-4111.


2 men rob McDonald's, also take $350 from patron

Two men, one armed with a silver handgun, walked into the McDonald's restaurant on Grider Street on Wednesday night and stole money from the register and a customer's pocket, Buffalo police reported.

Northeast District police said two men dressed in black entered the restaurant at 262 Grider at about 8:10 p.m.

The robbers stole an undisclosed amount of cash from the register. They also took about $350 from a man's pants pocket.

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