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About $4,000 in materials were reported stolen from an automotive shop in the 200 block of Fillmore Avenue early Friday. Buffalo police said one or more burglars broke in through a side office and window and stole: 12 converters, a welder, a Stanley booster box, four car batteries and various tools. The thieves also targeted two vehicles in the shop, stealing a repor…

Two University Heights residents reported the theft of $1,580 worth of possessions from their residence. The two men told Buffalo police said someone entered their residence in the 100 block of Merrimac Street through an unlocked door Friday night and stole a PlayStation 3, Wii game system, a computer tablet, a Dell laptop and two Xbox consoles, among other items. &n…

ROYALTON –A Main Street woman contacted police recently to report unwanted telephone calls and harassing voice messages from her uncle. The woman told police that about five years ago, the uncle had inherited over $8 million and paid off her car loan, which he had co-signed. Since then, she told police, he apparently has burned through all the money and recently began…

A handgun was reported stolen from a car parked in the 300 block of Washington Street downtown. The victim told Buffalo police sometime between late 10:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday, someone broke the front passenger window of his BMW 5281 and stole the Smith & Wesson Shield .40 caliber pistol.  

A box containing two roofing heaters, valued at $7,000 each, was reported stolen from the construction site at West Buffalo Charter School on Lafayette Avenue. Buffalo police said the theft occurred sometime during the past week at the fenced-in site, where an expansion to add a middle school is under way.  

A fight outside a liquor store on East Delavan Avenue resulted in $3,000 in damage to the business early Saturday, Buffalo police said. Police said two people were involved in the altercation – an unknown suspect and the complainant – outside Ideal Liquor in the 1300 block of East Delavan, east of Bailey Avenue. They damaged three of the store's windows before th…

An East Side resident said he was fired at by men when he found them inside his home early Saturday. The victim told Buffalo police he returned to his residence in the 200 block of Stevens Avenue to find at least three men inside, all wearing masks. The intruders reportedly escaped through a window and shot at the victim. The victim told police he chased the suspec…

Buffalo police were investigating two shootings that occurred early Saturday. A 37-year-old man was shot just before 4 a.m. in the 200 block of Rounds Avenue, near Eggert Road. The victim was hit multiple times in the leg and was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment. Earlier, a 20-year-old man was shot at about 3:15 a.m. in the 600 block of Moselle Stre…

A Lovejoy barber shop near a public school served as the front for a cocaine operation, according to federal prosecutors. The allegations about Barberians Barber Shop on East Lovejoy Street are the result of a Drug Enforcement Administration and Buffalo police investigation into four Buffalo men now charged with conspiracy to distribute cocaine. The defendants, inclu…

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Edward Bald heard the first rock shatter the window of a first-floor bedroom of his house on Quincy Street. He reached for the shotgun he keeps on the top bunk of his bed. "I sent a warning shot out the hole they already put in the window," said Bald, 61. "I hit one of them; I didn't know I actually hit him until I saw the blood in my backyard." Bald's shot late F…

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Buffalo police and firefighters said a "suspicious package" containing white powder was mailed to the law offices of Cellino and Barnes in Main Place Tower today. Deputy Fire Commissioner Johnathan Eaton said it was not believed to be a harmful substance but the 25th floor was quarantined during the investigation as a precaution. The rest of the building remained open. …

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The Harkness Career and Tech Center was put on "lock out" today following "an unconfirmed threat for the afternoon session," the BOCES school announced on its website. The school, located at 99 Aero drive near the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, said Cheektowaga police were investigating. Mid-session classes were being released as planned but afternoon classes…

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Former St. Gregory the Great science teacher Scott Schaefer was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison Friday morning for sending indecent text messages to a 12-year-old girl. The girl told State Supreme Court Justice John L.  Michalski that after Schaefer's arrest she felt she had betrayed him and considered taking her own life. She started harming herself by cutting her…

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A thief targeted the home of Western District U.S. Court Judge William M. Skretny for a burglary Wednesday morning. Skretny reported that an unknown person entered the rear door of his residence near the Erie Basin Marina, according to Buffalo police report. Stolen were: a judicial bag, passport, credit cards, an iPad, a 1966 silver and aquamarine Canisius College class…