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Fatal shooting believed to be connected to drugs

A young man died Saturday afternoon after being shot at Massachusetts and Shields avenues in an attack police sources believe is drug related.

The victim, 19, was shot about 1:45 p.m. and taken to Buffalo General Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police have not released the victim's name and ask that anyone with information contact its Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255, Text a Tip to (716) 847-2255, or online at the police website, bpdny.org.

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Two women attacked outside corner store

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two women were assaulted outside a store about 8 p.m. Friday at 19th and Niagara streets, police said.

Police said a Niagara Street woman, 31, was attacked by three women after leaving the store. Her 27-year-old cousin, a Niagara Falls resident, tried to break up the fight and was punched in the face, police aded.

Neither victim was injured seriously, police said.

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Motorcyclist injured in crash linked to DWI

A motorcycle rider was injured when he was struck by a drunken driver who was pulling into his own driveway overnight Friday, Orchard Park police said.

Shortly after midnight Friday, Jason Garey, 30, who was driving an SUV, was making a left turn into his driveway on Abbott Road, near Elmtree Road, when he struck the motorcyclist, Michael Hruschak, 51, of Blasdell.

Hruschak suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center.

After the collision, Garey tried to go into his home, investigators said.

Garey was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after his blood-alcohol content was determined to be 3 1/2 times the legal limit.

He also was charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and failure to yield the right of way.

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Felony DWI charge lodged against Irving man

An Irving man who was driving with a suspended license because of a drunken driving conviction was arrested early Saturday on a felony count of driving while intoxicated, state police said.

Robert Warrior, 34, of Railroad Avenue, was stopped on Old Lakeshore Road by a trooper who had been helping the Erie County Sheriff's Office clear an area following a large fight.

Police, suspecting Warrior may have been involved in the brawl, pulled him over.

Police said Warrior failed a series of field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI. The charge was upgraded to a felony because of a previous DWI conviction.

He refused a blood test, police said.

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'Old friend given a lift takes driver for a ride

NIAGARA FALLS A Town of Niagara resident was robbed of $120 early Saturday after giving a ride to an "old friend," police said.

The victim, a Sunnydale Drive resident, met the man at a Niagara Falls Boulevard restaurant about 12:15 a.m. and agreed to give him a ride to 73rd Street.

When they reached the destination, the acquaintance grabbed the victim's wallet from the center console of his car and fled down 73rd Street, police.

The victim was advised to seek a warrant for the man's arrest.

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Port Colborne man tied to April 19 house break-in

PELHAM, Ont. -- A Port Colborne man arrested Saturday is accused of the April 19 break-in at a Pelham house.

Robert Johnson, 34, was charged with break, enter and commit, possession of stolen property under $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and breach of probation. An investigation by the Welland Street Crime Unit led to stolen items being recovered at a store in Welland, authorities said.

Johnson is being held pending a bail hearing today.

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Beer untapped as deputies scuttle underage party

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Police interrupted an underage drinking party before the beer started flowing Saturday morning.

Sheriff's deputies responding to a tip about the party at a Purdy Road residence about 12:30 a.m. said they discovered a bonfire and found 30- and 18-packs of beer nearby.

Brandon J. McDonough, 20, of Carolina Drive, was charged with underage possession of alcohol.