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Damage placed at $90,000 in fire started on porch

A fire that started on the porch of a West Side home late Friday night spread into the house, causing an estimated $90,000 damage and also damaging the exterior of the building next door, Buffalo fire officials reported today.

Firefighters responded to a 10:08 p.m. alarm at 551 Busti Ave., near Porter Avenue. The house is described as an occupied 2 1/2 -story home.

The blaze also spread next door, causing an estimated $1,000 exposure damage at 549 Busti. The cause remains under investigation.

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Two beaten and robbed in Riverside Ave. attack

Five females forced their way into a Riverside home Saturday afternoon, then beat up and robbed two of the occupants, police said.

The two female victims told police that the five -- who ranged in age from 20 to younger than 16 -- entered their Riverside Avenue home uninvited at about 1 p.m. Saturday.

One of the victims was struck in the head with a stick, causing a laceration, and the other victim suffered a bloody mouth and bruises to the head, according to police.

The five, who were known to the two victims, took off with an iPhone, police said.

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Street encounter leads to rape and robbery

A female was raped and robbed by a man she met while walking home in the city's Grant-Ferry neighborhood, police said Saturday.

Police said the victim was walking along Grant Street when she was approached by a young man who engaged her in conversation, with the two exchanging phone numbers. But as the two neared West Ferry Street, the man dragged her behind a pharmacy and raped her, stole $33, then fled, police said.

Police reports did not note when the attack occurred.

The victim described the attacker as a dark-skinned black male, about 19 or 20 years old, with a thin build, 5-foot-5, short hair, acne and wearing a white T-shirt and blue pants.

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Man tied up and stabbed in West Side apartment

A man was tied up, pistol-whipped, stabbed and robbed inside his West Side apartment just before 11 p.m. Friday, Buffalo police said.

The victim was confronted by two males as he was leaving his apartment on Carolina Street, then forced back inside to his bedroom, where he was tied up with rope, police said.

Both bandits had guns and pistol-whipped the man before stabbing him several times in the face, back, arm and abdomen, according to reports. The gunmen ransacked the apartment before fleeing.

The victim, who sought help from a neighbor, was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center. It was unclear what was stolen.

Police reports suggest the victim and attackers knew each other. The victim's name and condition were not available Saturday night.

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Pair of suspects arrested in armed Riley St. holdup

Two men and are being held on robbery and other charges for the armed holdup of a man in the 400 block of Riley Street on Thursday.

Torrey M. Overstreet, 31, was arrested on Riley shortly after 2:30 p.m. Jimmie L. Thornton, 32, was arrested by Hamburg town police later that afternoon. Both are charged with second-degree robbery, menacing and criminal possession of stolen property.

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Rooftop suspect talked down from lofty peril

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man sought by police in connection with an assault early Saturday spent much of the day on his rooftop, refusing to come down, police said.

Members of the police SWAT team eventually talked the man off the rooftop after about six hours, and he was transported to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.

The man, police added, was involved in an armed attack early Saturday, and when officers arrived he fled to the roof of his two-story home.

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North Tonawanda man gets probation in gun case

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man who pleaded guilty to felony gun possession charges was sentenced to five years' probation last week by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

Max D. Thompson, 26, was sitting in his Mead Street home Feb. 18, 2011, when a vehicle struck the door of Thompson's parked car, which had been blown open by wind. Police who entered Thompson's home to talk about the accident found a weapon resembling an AR-15 assault rifle.