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Man shot on Wood Avenue, then robbed of $20

A Buffalo man was seriously wounded Friday night on Wood Avenue, police said.

Andre Edwards, was found lying in a driveway in the 200 block of Wood Avenue, just off of Walden Avenue shortly after 9 p.m.

He told police that two men approached him from the backyard and one of them shot him in the back, then took $20 from him. He said his assailants then fled through the backyards, heading west. Edwards was rushed to ECMC by Rural Metro Ambulance and was in the intensive care unit at Erie County Medical Center Saturday.


Cause sought in fire damaging mobile home

Fire investigators were trying to determine what sparked a blaze at a mobile home in the Town of Newstead Saturday afternoon.

The fire started in the garage at about 2:21 p.m. Saturday and spread to the rest of the home at 157 Aspen St. in the Quarry Hill Estates Mobile Home Community, fire officials said.

The structure was fully involved by the time firefighters from the Newstead Fire Company showed up at the scene, officials said. The blaze was under control within an hour.

The blaze caused an estimated $75,000 damage to the structure and its contents. No injuries were reported.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office is investigating.


High blood-alcohol level nets aggravated DWI count

A Lockport woman, whose blood-alcohol content was more than five times the legal limit, was charged with drunken driving in Royalton on Friday, state police said Saturday.

Robin Filipovich, 51, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, police said.

Troopers in Lockport responded at 6:15 p.m. to Wolcottsville Road in Royalton for the report of a female lying on the side of the road next to a vehicle.

When troopers arrived, they allegedly found Filipovich in her vehicle. She was charged with DWI and processed in Lockport, where she posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.44 percent, state police said.


Man admits conspiracy to sell narcotics

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

Scott J. Bald, 26, faces up to 20 years in prison, a $1 million fine, or both when he is sentenced July 19 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara .

Bald and Michael McCallum of Buffalo conspired to rob the Clinton Pharmacy on Clinton Street. McCallum jumped onto and over the pharmacy counter, threatened pharmacy employees, and stole more than 1,300 prescription pills containing oxycodone, Oxycontin, and Percocet. The two men then sold the majority of those prescription pills to others in Western New York, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten, who is handling the case.

McCallum pleaded guilty on Aug. 24 to robbery of a pharmacy and will be sentenced on May 25. Both pleas came after an investigation by Drug Enforcement Administration agents.


Two accused of using stolen prescription pad

Two people from East Aurora have been accused of filling stolen prescriptions at local pharmacies, police officials said Saturday.

East Aurora Officer Darren Longboat and Lt. Shane Krieger were dispatched to the Tops Markets on Grey Street at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday for the report of a female trying to fill a stolen prescription.

The woman was gone by the time officers arrived, but she left behind the prescription made out to her for pain pills, police officials said.

Police located her at her home.

Charged with various forgery and misdemeanor charges were Amie L. Gray, 29, and Jonathan R. Blair, 33. Police allegedly found 210 Lortab pills at their residence.

Investigators accuse Gray of stealing a prescription pad from a doctor's office where she had been working in Cheektowaga. Both Gray and Blair filled several prescriptions at pharmacies in East Aurora and neighboring towns, police allege.

Both were arraigned on 12 felony and three misdemeanor charges by Justice Jeff Markello in Town of Aurora Court, police said.


Driver faces DWI count after vehicle hits building

A Buffalo man was charged after police found him passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit a building on Main Street.

Correy E. Dumas, 28, of Winspear Avenue, was charged with driving under the influence and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, according to police reports.