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Police identify victim? of fatal shooting

Buffalo police have identified the victim of a fatal shooting on Oxford Avenue about 1:30 a.m. Friday as Jeremy J. Lamar, 19, of Lackawanna.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, said Lamar was discovered dead after the SUV he was driving struck a pole at 1063 West Delavan Avenue. Police rushed to the scene in response to the report of gunshots in the 200 block of Oxford Avenue. Lamar was declared dead at the scene. Richards said the vehicle the murder victim was driving was not registered locally. Contact police at the TIPCALL number, 847-2255, text a tip at (716) 847-2255 or report a tip to www.bpdny.org.

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Drug suspects arrested during alleged deal

JAMESTOWN - A Buffalo probation violation suspect and a Jamestown man were arrested Thursday as they were allegedly in the middle of a drug deal in a Fairmount Avenue home, city police announced.

Andrew Q. Garner, 32, of Buffalo, and Alex Oliveras, 22, of Jamestown, are being held on felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance pending their arraignments today in City Court.

Garner and Oliveras were arrested during a multi-agency drug raid at 36 Fairmount Ave. about 11 a.m. Thursday.

Officers from Jamestown police, the U.S. Marshal's Office and the state's Violent Fugitive Task Force took part in the raid and reportedly seized a half-ounce of powder cocaine and a quantity of cash in arresting Garner and Oliveras.

Garner faces charges in U.S. District Court in Buffalo on violating federal probation linked to an earlier arrest.

Police officials said Garner and Oliveras were apparently in the midst of a drug deal when the lawmen broke into the Fairmount Avenue house and took them into custody. The officials refused to say how the pair was tracked down.

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Robbery suspect sought ?in credit union heist

Buffalo police are searching for a lone robber who targeted the SEFCU Credit Union office at 598 Main St. about 3:35 p.m. Friday.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, descriwbed the bandit as a black man with facial hair and glasses, in his 40s, about 5-foot-7, wearing a gray suit with a white polo shirt.

Richards said the robber passed a note demanding money, then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, as well as his robbery note. No weapons were displayed, Richards said. Anyone with information is asked to contact Buffalo police through the TIPCALL number, 847-2255, or text a tip to 716.847-2255, or use the department's website to report at tip at www.bpdny.org.

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Judge wants trial date set ?in suit against OLV Hospital

Attorneys for OLV Hospital and five doctors have been ordered by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to come to court July 24 to set the trial date for Dr. Barbara E. Salamon's 13-year-old antitrust and sexual harassment suit.

Salamon, a former West Seneca gastroenterologist now living in North Carolina, filed the suit in January 1999 alleging sexual harassment by a male doctor and improper and discriminatory review of her complaint by hospital officials.

In a 19-page ruling, Skretny Thursday held that there are material issues of fact for a jury to determine the validity of the complaints against Dr. Michael Moore and Salamon's accusations of a shoddy investigation of her complaints by the hospital after she made formal complaints to the OLV administration and to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Defense attorney Edward C. Cosgrove confirmed that Dr. John Reilly is being sued because he was a member of the hospital's administration at the time of the complaints. Cosgrove said he expects "the largest issues in this trial will deal with Dr. Salamon's personality, temperament, emotional makeup (and) credibility, together with her medical competence."

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3 men charged ?in gas station robbery

Three men were charged late Thursday in the robbery of the Sunoco station at 432 Dingens St., Cheektowaga police said.

Darius E. West, 20, of Linda Drive, Cheektowaga; and twin brothers, Lennard L. and Leonard L. Sheppard, both 20, were charged with second-degree robbery.

The three men are accused of walking into the gas station with their hands in their pockets, as if they had weapons, about 9 p.m., and demanding the clerk hand over money from the cash register. SWWThe clerk gave them $300, and the men fled in a car, police said. A witness provided a description to police.

Minutes later, Norfolk Southern Railway Police Officer Matthew Galas found the getaway car on Richard Street near William and followed the vehicle to Broadway near Ogden Street, police said.

The money was recovered, and no weapon was found, police added.