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>Police probe connection in three shooting cases

Buffalo police were attempting to determine if three shootings that occurred within 40 minutes Tuesday night were connected.

The first occurred at 8:25 in the 200 block of Wohlers Avenue. Homicide detectives were called to the shooting. The victim, a male, was alive late Tuesday.

Eight minutes later, a male, possibly a juvenile, was shot on Dignity Circle, about a mile north of Wohlers.

And at 9:05, a male was shot in the shoulder in the 100 block of Dewey Avenue, about a mile from Dignity Circle. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.


>3 teens sought in theft from Postal Service truck

A postal carrier delivering mail in the Kensington-Bailey area told police thieves broke into his truck near Comstock and Thornton avenues and took uniforms and mail at about 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The U.S. postal inspector's office is looking for three teenagers they believe committed the crime. Investigators are canvassing the neighborhood of the theft, Postal Service spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz said.


>Case of accused rapist headed for grand jury

An Alma Avenue man accused of ramming a police car less than an hour after he allegedly raped a Buffalo college student was ordered held for grand jury action Tuesday.

City Judge Joseph A. Fiorella ordered Paul T. Imes, 22, to remain jailed in lieu of $200,000 bail. He was held after the 18-year-old rape victim identified him as the attacker who dragged her under a loading dock at a Perry Street warehouse and raped her after 11 p.m. Oct. 13 after she refused his request for sex, authorities said.

The woman flagged down police on Perry as Imes sped off in his car, police said. The chase reached speeds of more than 90 mph on the Niagara Thruway before Imes rammed his car into a patrol car at East Delavan and Cambridge avenues, police said.

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