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Falls assault victim suffers fractured jaw

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 46-year-old man suffered a fractured jaw and other injuries Sunday after being assaulted as he walked home from a friend's house in the 700 block of 17th Street.

The victim told police that he was attacked at 8 p.m. but did not know the weapon that was used or how many assailants there were.

Police were called when Rural/Metro Medical Services reported finding the victim and seeing his injuries.

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Role in drug ring brings 2 1/2 -year prison term

LOCKPORT -- A Rochester man who had been making $10,000 every three days as part of a drug ring in Lockport was denied youthful-offender status and sentenced Monday to 2 1/2 years in state prison by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Masure D. Evans, 19, had earlier pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree sale of a controlled substance. He was arrested for selling a $40 chunk of crack cocaine to a police informant June 21 on Waterman Street.

Evans told the judge he had been selling drugs in Lockport for four to five months.

In addition to the sentence of 2 1/2 years in prison, Evans will also have to serve an additional two years of post-release supervision, Murphy said.

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Victim of shooting dies of his wounds

The young man critically wounded when a gunman fired into a large crowd outside a party Saturday night on Kilhoffer Street has died, Buffalo police said Monday.

Justin G. Miller, 24, of Buffalo, was one of two people struck by bullets at about 10:10 p.m. on Kilhoffer near East Ferry Street, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Miller died in Erie County Medical Center.

A 28-year-old man, whose identity has not been released, was treated in ECMC and later released.

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

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Man shot in buttocks; further details sketchy

The identity of a man critically wounded when he was shot in the buttocks at 12:39 p.m. Monday on Montana Avenue near East Ferry Street has not been released.

Police say the victim, taken to Erie County Medical Center, was expected to live. Further details of the shooting were unavailable. Homicide detectives were investigating the incident.

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Father charged as infant suffers internal injuries

An 8-week-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition Monday with internal injuries, and Buffalo police have charged his 22-year-old father with assaulting him.

The father, Mark Bridenbaker, of Indian Church Road, took the boy to Women & Children's Hospital with injuries that led hospital officials to call police at about 2:30 a.m. Monday.

After being questioned by homicide detectives, Bridenbaker was charged with first-degree assault and reckless assault of a child. Police also said the boy was being treated for a head injury.

"There were indications that the child suffered physical injuries previously," Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards stated in an email to news media. Homicide Squad Detective Sgt. James P. Lonergan and Detectives Patrick J. Judge and Mario T. Pratts investigated the incident and made the arrest.

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Arrest made in break-ins of vehicles in Cheektowaga

Cheektowaga police said they recovered a large amount of stolen property in arresting a Buffalo man early Monday for his role in motor vehicle burglaries in the Dick Road area.

Andre Thomas, 18, of Hirshbeck Street, was charged with possession of stolen property and possession of burglar tools. Police said they also are seeking an accomplice.

A Harris Court resident called 911 at about 5 a.m. and reported scaring off someone who was going through his vehicle in the driveway of his residence. Police said Officer Michael Curtis rushed to the area and stopped a car driven by Thomas and occupied by a second man.

Curtis reported finding electronic equipment, including GPS devices, and rubber gloves and flashlights in the back seat of the vehicle. While the officer was removing Thomas from the car, the passenger fled on foot, Curtis said.

Police were able to locate four victims who had property stolen from their unlocked vehicles recently. Officers stressed to all town residents the need to keep their vehicles locked overnight and to keep valuables out of sight.

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Arcade woman charged after hit-and-run crash

ARCADE -- A town woman was charged with aggravated drunken driving and leaving the scene of a property damage accident after a hit-and-run crash over the weekend at the entrance to Arcade Valley Estates, Wyoming County sheriff's officials.

Hillary D. Russell, 19, registered a blood-alcohol count of 0.20 percent after the crash early Saturday, deputies said.