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Man doing repair work in house fatally shot

A 56-year-old man doing repair work in a house on the 300 block of May Street was fatally shot late Wednesday, Buffalo police said.

Detectives say two men "forcibly entered the home" at 11 p.m. and opened fire on the victim, who did not live there but was doing work on the house.

The man's identity has not yet been released. He was declared dead at the scene, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

About 15 minutes earlier, at 10:45 p.m., Ferry-Fillmore District police were summoned to the 500 block of East Ferry Street, where a 51-year-old man was shot during a robbery.

He was listed in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center, but his identity was not released.

Anyone with information regarding either shooting is asked to call or text the confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit information via the "Report a Tip" function on the department's website.

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Convicted drug dealer sentenced to prison

A North Tonawanda man who used to sell drugs at a Wheatfield bar and other locations in parts of Niagara and northern Erie counties was sentenced Thursday to 7 2/3 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Anthony Lamarand, 32, who pleaded guilty last summer to conspiring to distribute cocaine, was involved in a large scale drug-trafficking organization between January and July 2009. During that time, he distributed, on average, 1 kilogram of powder cocaine every month to multiple customers in the Northtowns, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe.

Lamarand was among about 25 people arrested in the summer of 2009, including Joseph Tomasino, 46, who used to run the popular JT Wheatfield's bar in Wheatfield. Most of those charged pleaded guilty to felony drug crimes, including Tomasino, who received probation and six months of home confinement after he admitted that he used cocaine at the bar and allowed Lamarand and another large-scale drug dealer, Keith Simmons, to sell the drug at the bar.

Simmons also has pleaded guilty in connection with the case.

Lamarand fled the area July 30, 2009, as federal authorities tried to execute an arrest warrant. He was apprehended the following month near Atlanta. The FBI, Niagara County Drug Task Force, and Niagara Falls and Amherst police departments investigated.

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Baby-sitting ex-con charged with child endangerment

A Lathrop Street ex-con was charged with child endangerment for allegedly taking a 2-year-old girl he had been asked to baby-sit to a Rother Street home, where he got drunk as the child's parents searched for their missing child, Buffalo police reported Thursday.

Daniel Sacilowski, 56, was arrested at the Rother Street home moments after the little girl's father found her there at about 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, after what police described as "several hours" of frenzied searching. Sacilowski, who served almost two decades in prison for a 1982 Buffalo robbery conviction, was "in an intoxicated state" and "could barely stand" when confronted by officers, police reported.

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Arrest made in robbery of bank at gunpoint

A Bailey Avenue man was charged with the armed robbery of $2,200 from the HSBC Bank branch on Kenmore Avenue three months ago, Buffalo police announced Thursday.

Douglas E. Johnson, 41, was charged with first-degree robbery for the Feb. 4 stickup at 366 Kenmore Ave. Johnson threatened to shoot a male teller if he did not give him money, according to a police report.

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Woman says man swindled her on Facebook

NEWFANE -- A 48-year-old South Main Street woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that she was swindled out of more than $35,000 by a man she met on Facebook.

The victim told deputies Tuesday that she had met him on Facebook in November 2011 and agreed to lend him $18,528 for an investment. The money was transferred to separate accounts in New Zealand. She said she then transferred $2,500 to him in an account in Vietnam in March.

The victim told deputies that she thought she had been paid back when he sent four separate checks, totaling $23,000, to her bank account on April 26. After that, she agreed to transfer an additional $11,500 to him in a bank account in Vietnam.

The woman told deputies that she later was informed that the four checks sent to her did not clear and were verified by her bank to be fraudulent. The victim said she had never met the man in person but was told that he lives in Nigeria.

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Woman, 26, accused of assaulting landlady

A Seneca Street woman is accused of beating up her landlady, who also is the mother of her boyfriend, Buffalo police reported Thursday.

Debora A. Herrick, 26, was charged with assault and harassment, Buffalo police said.

Herrick is accused of punching the older woman in the face and pulling her hair numerous times at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in the driveway of the rental property, in the 1500 block of Seneca, police reported.