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Buffalo police find man dead in housing complex

Buffalo police are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death of a man who was found dead in a housing complex Monday morning.

Detectives were called to the first block of Mary B. Talbert Boulevard shortly before 9 a.m. to check on the welfare of the man. An employee of the complex went to check on the man and found him dead.

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Toxicology reports in death of Amherst girl received

Toxicology results in the suspicious death of 7-year-old Bianca Cartagena of East Amherst have been received by Amherst police, but the results are not being made public.

Amherst police Capt. Enzio G. Villalta, chief of detectives, explained Monday that detectives are still pursuing a number avenues in the investigation and that it could be some time before police conclude their probe into how the child died.

Bianca was found dead in her mother's East Amherst home the evening of Nov. 30 by relatives concerned about the girl's condition. Police also found the mother, Candace Croff Cartagena, semiconscious with apparent self-inflicted injuries inside an oversized backyard shed.

"We're still looking into a number of possibilities and we haven't ruled out anything," Villalta said.

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Home invaders shoot man, tie up woman

A man was shot in the hand and a woman was tied up and possibly pistol-whipped during a home invasion in the city's Grider-Delavan area reported at about 8:45 a.m. Monday, Buffalo police said.

Detectives say the attackers may have been wearing FBI jackets or something that looked like FBI jackets.

Police responded to the attack at about 8:45 a.m. in the first block of Sussex Street, north of East Delavan Avenue, just east of Grider Street.

Initial reports indicated that a handful of attackers tied up a woman and shot a man, believed to be in his late 50s. Police believe the victims are a married couple.

During the invasion, the thieves ransacked the home and stole jewelry and possibly other items, police said. The attackers fled in a fairly new Dodge Ram pickup with black stripes on the hood and tinted windows.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo Police Department's confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255.

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Drive-by shooter strikes teen in leg

A teenager suffered a leg wound in a drive-by shooting at about 2:45 p.m. Monday in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood, police said.

Northeast District officers said the shooting occurred on the 100 block of Davidson Avenue. The victim was described as in his late teens and was taken to Erie County Medical Center with the apparent not-life-threatening injury, police said.

An investigation was continuing.

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DWI among the charges after minor accident

A Buffalo man involved in a minor crash was charged Sunday night with driving while intoxicated after police determined he had almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his system, authorities said.

Donald Campbell Jr., 26, of Eggert Road, had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent, according to Northwest District Officer Paul Lomasney. Campbell was arrested in the 1100 block of Elmwood Avenue at about 7 p.m. Sunday after he rear-ended another motor vehicle, the officer said.

Campbell also has a past drunken driving conviction within the last 10 years, and his license has been suspended six times, police said. In addition to the new DWI charge, he also was charged with speeding, passing a red light and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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DWI charged in accident on reservation

Erie County sheriff's deputies said they assisted Seneca Nation marshals in arresting a 32-year-old man for drunken driving after his vehicle left the road on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation and struck a tree late Sunday night.

The vehicle, driven by Ryan D. Pisa of Angola, struck the tree on Route 438 near Versailles Plank Road shortly before 10 p.m., sheriff's officials said.

Deputies charged Pisa with driving while intoxicated after they said he failed several field sobriety tests. He recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, according to police reports.

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Role in cocaine ring brings prison term

A Jamestown man was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to six years, five months in federal prison after participating in a large-scale cocaine distribution ring in Jamestown, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported.

Hashaun L. Leeper, 35, was convicted of possession with intent to distribute and the distribution of cocaine after he worked on behalf of his cousin Quentin Leeper to distribute cocaine throughout the Jamestown area.

Quentin Leeper was sentenced last week to 11 years, three months in prison.

The Leepers were arrested in 2008 along with nine others, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz.

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