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Police investigate theft of antique wine goblets

Buffalo police are investigating the theft Tuesday of antique wine goblets valued at more than $9,200 from an address in the 400 block of Franklin Street.

Police said the goblets -- each engraved with the initials "BWL" -- had just been sent to a customer at that address from an antique store in New Orleans. Central District police are investigating.

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2 males held in break-in at home of disabled woman

A Buffalo man and a Kenmore teenager were arraigned Wednesday in City Court on charges stemming from a violent home invasion earlier this month involving an elderly, disabled woman.

Brandon King, 25, of Ross Avenue, and Christopher Beyer, 19, of Hoover Avenue, allegedly put a gun to the head of an 80-year-old woman in the 300 block of Hinman Avenue at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 6.

Police said King and Beyer made off with an undisclosed amount of money and personal papers from the victim, who used a wheelchair.

Tuesday, Northwest District Police Officer Thomas Sercu recovered the gun believed to have been used from railroad tracks behind Hinman.

Detective Margaret Dragone and Officer Robert Yeates of the Northwest District arrested King and Beyer. In court Wednesday, bail was set at $150,000 for Beyer and $15,000 for King.

Both remain incarcerated in Erie County Holding Center on first-degree robbery and burglary charges. They are scheduled to return to court at 2 p.m. Monday for a felony hearing.

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Bicyclist accused in sale, possession of drugs

A bicyclist who was allegedly peddling drugs up and down Main Street at about 1:20 a.m. Wednesday was caught by Northeast District police, who spotted him drinking a beer on his red bike, police said.

Brian C. Lowry, 28, of Cunard Road, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana after Officers Daniel Owczarczak and Joseph Wendel found a crack pipe and a bag on marijuana on him, police said.

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Manslaughter plea accepted in '07 slaying at carwash

Kelvin Penaloza pleaded guilty Wednesday to a reduced count of first-degree manslaughter, admitting that he deliberately shot and killed a man he wrongly assumed had killed his brother days earlier.

Erie County Judge Timothy P. Franczyk agreed to impose a minimum 18-year prison term on Penaloza in the death of Abraham Carrasquillo, killed at a Massachusetts Avenue carwash on July 15, 2007.

Prosecutor Thomas M. Finnerty said relatives of the 18-year-old victim, who were in court for the plea proceeding, agreed to the manslaughter plea. Penaloza, 22, admitted he intentionally shot Carrasquillo in front of the Bubble Brush Car Wash at 363 Massachusetts at about 1:30 p.m. Arrested in Syracuse on Dec. 20, Penaloza will be sentenced Nov. 26.

Penaloza's brother, Julio Penaloza-Romero, 30, was shot eight times as he rode his bike on Massachusetts near Fargo Avenue at about 2:45 p.m. July 13, 2007. That crime is still under investigation.

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Robbers take wallet, laptop, cell phone

A man told police he was robbed at gunpoint while walking along Tonawanda Street early Tuesday morning.

The victim said the three thieves were following him as he walked north between Rano and Hunt avenues, just south of Ontario Street, at about 2 a.m., according to a police report.

The robbers, who displayed a black semiautomatic pistol, made off with a laptop and a cell phone, as well as the victim's wallet, which contained $18 and his driver's license.

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Two men arrested in Chippewa incident

Two customers of the Papaya Bar on Chippewa Street stole and broke glasses, then tried to run over the restaurant's owner early Wednesday, police said.

Jason G. Chebat, 28, of Hodge Avenue, and Mansour G. Mansour, 32, of Colvin Avenue, were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and petit larceny.

When the owner followed the customers outside and asked for his property back, he had to jump out of the way of a car driven by Chebat, who also was charged with reckless endangerment, police said.

Several Central District officers assisted Officer Eric Kross in the investigation and arrest after the two suspects were spotted in the 200 block of Allen Street at about 1:50 a.m.

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Woman reports attack by group of six people

A 26-year-old Buffalo woman said she was attacked over a period of 2 1/2 hours Monday by a group of six people and some of her hair was ripped out.

The incident occurred in an apartment on Seventh Street between 6 and 8:30 p.m.

One man and five women forced the victim to give them the keys to her apartment then locked her out, according to a report.

The victim also suffered swelling to the forehead and leg.

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