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Arrest made after threat with loaded shotgun

A Buffalo man was jailed Wednesday, hours after he threatened his Clarence girlfriend with a loaded shotgun and damaged her car during a midday argument at the woman's home, state police said.

State Trooper Robert Ellis arrived at the 35-year-old Clarence woman's home at about 1 p.m. The woman told Ellis and sheriff's deputies who also responded that during the argument Adam P. Puleo, 29, pointed 12-gauge shotgun at her head after punching the driver's side door of her car and damaging it.

The officers recovered the shotgun in the woman's garage. Ellis then called Puleo and persuaded him to surrender, troopers said.

Puleo was charged with second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and criminal mischief. Because of a 2007 felony burglary conviction, Puleo is being prosecuted on a felony weapons charge, troopers said.

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Man charged in rape, theft of debit card

A Peck Street man is accused of raping a former girlfriend repeatedly in mid-March, then offering her $300 to drop her complaints.

Gregory Russell, 37, also is accused of stealing another woman's debit card, Buffalo police reported Wednesday.

Russell was arrested Tuesday by Officers John Simonian and Ronald Clark after allegedly struggling with the officers. Russell had to be forcibly subdued and handcuffed at about 4 p.m., police reported.

Police charged Russell with first-degree rape and first-degree assault for allegedly punching and slapping a former girlfriend in a Carlton Street home and repeatedly raping her during an 11-hour period last March 13 and 14. The woman was treated in a hospital after the attack, police said.

Russell also is charged with first-degree unlawful imprisonment and witness tampering in the case. He is accused of repeatedly contacting the woman and offering her $300 to drop charges against him. Russell also was charged Tuesday with fourth-degree grand larceny for allegedly stealing a woman's debit card while visiting her Swinburne Street home late Feb. 5.

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Tractor-trailer rolls over at bridge staging area

Emergency crews were kept busy Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer rolled over on the Fort Erie, Ont., side of the Peace Bridge, and two men canoeing in the Niagara River capsized a short distance off the Rich Marina on the U.S. side.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was hurt when his vehicle rolled over at about 1:15 p.m., according to Niagara Regional Police.

Police, the Fort Erie Fire Department and paramedics from the Niagara Emergency Medical Service were called to the scene in the commercial vehicle staging area near the entrance to the bridge.

The canoeists capsized off Austin Street at about 2:30 p.m. They were rescued by a "good Samaritan," U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

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Three youths accused of mugging boy, 15

Three Buffalo teens were charged with mugging a 15-year-old boy earlier this week on Best Street.

Arrested hours after the 2:40 p.m. incident Monday by Officers William Drabid and Timothy O'Neill were: Keyontay Bowden, 17; Gregory D. Stewart, 17; and a 16-year-old youth, Buffalo police said.

The three were charged with second-degree robbery, second-degree assault, criminal mischief and criminal possession of stolen property. They are accused of punching the 15-year-old boy in the face and knocking him to the ground, then emptying his pockets during the attack.

Stolen were money, a wallet, a cellphone and an iPod, police reported.

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Two teenage girls charged in assault of two others

Two teenage Buffalo girls were charged with second-degree gang assault after allegedly taking part in the mugging of two other girls as they were encouraged by about 20 other people in Martin Luther King Park on Sunday night.

The two alleged attackers, both 16, of Jaspar Parrish and Hewitt Avenue, joined at least one teenage boy in punching, kicking and pulling the hair and scratching the faces of the two victims as others stood around "encouraging the defendants," according to a Buffalo police report.

The teenage boy is still being sought by police.

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School bus driver charged in collision with SUV

GERRY -- The driver of the First Student school bus involved in a crash Monday that injured almost two dozen people, most of them members of the Dunkirk High School girls track team, has been charged with making an unsafe lane change.

John Logsdon, 54, was driving the bus when he veered into an SUV while turning into a driveway at about 4 p.m. Monday on Route 60 in Chautauqua County, state police said.

Twenty-two members of the track team were shaken, but none suffered serious injuries. Amanda Winhaber, 16, the driver of the sport utility vehicle, was treated in Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa., for a broken wrist and thumb, and a concussion.