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2 of 4 men who robbed gas station were armed

A Porter Avenue gas station was held up early Saturday by four men, two of whom were armed, police said.

A clerk reported that the foursome went into the Citgo station at 214 Porter at about 1 a.m. One of the gunmen was wearing a gray hoodie, blue jeans and black sneakers and armed with a silver revolver. The second gunman had on a white hoodie, white T-shirt, tan pants and black and white sneakers. He carried a black handgun.

The robbers fled in a maroon vehicle with about $1,000.

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22-year-old feared drowned in Niagara Whirlpool

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Authorities searched the Niagara River Whirlpool Saturday afternoon, after a 22-year-old man went into the water to cool off after a barbecue and was swept into the Whirlpool Rapids.

Several people tried unsuccessfully to save him during the incident, which occurred about 4 p.m. at the bottom of the Niagara Gorge, Niagara Regional Police said.

Crews from both sides of the border searched the waters by boat and helicopter but were unable to find anything. The man, whose name was not released, is presumed drowned, police said. The search was called off at about 6:30 p.m.

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Buffalo man faces jail, fine after admitting drug role

A Buffalo man faces up to four years in prison and a $250,000 fine after admitting in federal court Friday that he set up a narcotics transaction as part of a large cocaine distribution network between Buffalo and Texas.

Joseph Marble, 29, was intercepted on a telephone call setting up the drug deal during a court-authorized wiretap, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati.

Marble was one of 20 people charged last May for his involvement in the "multi-kilogram cocaine distribution network" between Buffalo and Houston. He is the second defendant to be convicted and will be sentenced on Sept. 6 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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Bicyclist who hit ambulance listed in fair condition

A bicyclist who was injured Friday afternoon when he struck an ambulance at Delaware Avenue and Nottingham Terrace was listed in fair condition at Erie County Medical Center Saturday.

Police identified the bicyclist as Michael Lawler of Buffalo.

According to investigators, the Rural/Metro ambulance was southbound on Nottingham and had the green light.

But the bicyclist, apparently trying to cut across Delaware, crashed into the front driver's side of the ambulance. No charges have been filed in the incident, which remained under investigation late Saturday.

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1 sent to ECMC as 3 blazes keep firefighters busy

Buffalo firefighters tackled three blazes overnight Friday, including a two-alarm house fire on Elmwood Avenue that sent one resident to Erie County Medical Center, officials said.

That fire was reported at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday at 353 Elmwood Ave., between Bryant and Summer streets. The fire is believed to have started in the second floor of a three-story multiunit apartment building, and then spread to the third floor. One person was taken to ECMC for treatment of smoke inhalation. Two other adults were assisted by the Red Cross to find shelter for the night. Two firefighters suffered unspecified injuries battling the fire.

Two other fires also were reported.

At about 7:30 p.m. Friday, a garage at 85 Humason Ave. caught fire, causing $5,000 in damage. The flames caused exposure damage to the house at 85 Humason, and two nearby homes. One adult and five children were assisted by the Red Cross.

Shortly before 9 p.m. Friday, a fire started in the kitchen of a two-story house at 90 Barthel St. The fire caused $25,000 in damage. The Red Cross helped an adult and two children.

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ID, credit card, cellphone taken in Woodlawn robbery

A man was held at gunpoint and robbed in front of his house on the 400 block of Woodlawn Avenue at 2:50 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The gunman pointed a black handgun at the victim and forced him to the ground, taking his ID, credit card, bank card, cellphone and $40 in cash.

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Assailant on bicycle shoots man along E. Delavan

A man was shot while walking on East Delavan Avenue at about 10 p.m. Friday, Buffalo police said.

A gunman on a bicycle shot Jason Washington twice in the abdomen.

Washington was treated in Erie County Medical Center.