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Pictures on phone lead to child porn charges

A Milburn Street man was arrested Saturday night after police found at least five pictures of children engaged in sex acts saved on his cell phone.

Robert Weremblewski, 49, was charged with possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child.

It was unclear Saturday how police officers found the images.

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SUV stolen after man is knocked unconscious

A 30-year-old man told South District police that someone punched him early Saturday morning, leaving him unconscious, and then stole a vehicle he had borrowed.

The victim said that at 4:30 a.m., he was on South Park Avenue near Dorrance Avenue when he turned around and was punched in the head by a man he did not know.

He said his assailant took his watch and a set of keys to a purple 1998 Dodge Durango, which belongs to another person. The vehicle was stolen, along with the victim's cell phone and some loose change he had inside. Police quickly recovered the vehicle.

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Robbers hit two victims within minutes on Custer

Two men were mugged within five minutes Friday night on Custer Street in the University Heights district, and police believe the same robber was involved in both.

At 9:50 p.m., the first victim reported that he was grabbed by a man who put a black gun to his stomach and ordered "Give me all of your . . . money." The thief put his hand in the victim's pocket and grabbed his keys and wallet, before running toward the dead end of Custer. The victim said the mugger was with another person.

Then at 9:55 p.m., the second victim said a man approached him as he was getting out of his car.

"Drop all your stuff and give me everything you got," the mugger said.

The thief put a knife to the victim's stomach and then fled toward the dead end of Custer. The thief took the victim's cell phone.

In the first case, the victim described the mugger as a dark complected black man of medium build who is about 21 years old, 6 feet 4 inches, wearing a gray hoodie and a black vest.

In the second, the victim said he thought the man was about 6 feet, 1 inch, and was wearing a tan hoodie.

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Casino worker beaten while waiting for a bus

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man was beaten early Saturday at Third and Niagara streets, police said.

The victim had just left his job at Seneca Niagara Casino and was waiting for a bus just before 1 a.m. when a man at a nearby pocket park asked him for help with the sling he was wearing on his arm. W

When the victim approached, he was beaten -- suffering cuts and bruises -- and frisked for valuables.

However, the attacker left empty-handed.

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Man uses his head to break windows at beauty salon

A man was treated Saturday morning in Mercy Hospital after he put his head through three windows at an Abbott Road beauty salon early Saturday morning, police said.

At 3:10 a.m., Dean M. Buonamici, no age available, broke three windows at Corto Salons at 820 Abbott Road, a police report said.

Police took Buonamici to the hospital for treatment of his head wounds.

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Basom man charged with DWI in Akron

Erie County sheriff's deputies early Friday arrested a Basom man on a charge of driving while intoxicated and accused him of driving with a license that had been revoked following a previous alcohol-related conviction.

Brian Printup, 41, was stopped on Main Street in Akron shortly after 3 a.m.

Printup failed several roadside sobriety tests and refused to take a chemical test, deputies said.

Deputy Daniel Brinkerhoff also charged Printup, of Council House Road, with felony aggravated unlicensed operation, said sheriff's officials.

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Cheektowaga house fire leads to evacuation of 12

About a dozen people were evacuated when fire ravaged a house on Vera Avenue and Olcott Place in Cheektowaga Saturday night.

The fire broke out about 6:30 p.m. and caused significant damage to the house and garage, according to Pine Hill fire officials. No one was injured, but a cat died in the fire.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.

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