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A Buffalo man remained missing Sunday night after he fell into the Niagara Gorge whirlpool area around 6 a.m. Sunday. The man was fishing with two friends when he approached the water and was swept away, said Lt. Patrick Moriarty of the State Parks Police.“His friends saw him yell for help and then he disappeared,” Moriarty said. Officials withheld his identity, pendin…

Four vehicle owners reported their tires were slashed around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in a downtown parking ramp, Buffalo police reported.The vehicles were parked in the Augspurger Ramp near West Huron Street.Central District detectives are investigating.

A man was knocked unconscious by two unknown suspects around 3:30 p.m. Friday at his Albert Avenue home in the Riverside section of the city, police reported.The suspects attacked the victim from behind. One of them threw the man to the ground, knocking him unconscious. The second suspect took his cell phone and $130. The man suffered head, back and neck pain. The report …

A man was robbed of a $56.80, a pack of cigarettes and his bicycle after being threatened by an unknown suspect with a box cutter, according to police reportsThe victim was riding his bike on South Park Avenue and Alabama Street around 5:45 p.m. Saturday when the male suspect approached and asked for a cigarette. The suspect, described as in his 30s or 40s, then displayed …

Three men robbed a 7-Eleven convenience store in the 500 block of Ontario Street at gunpoint at 4:14 a.m. Sunday. One of the suspects approached the sales clerk and displayed a short pistol shotgun. According to the police report, the suspect said, “Give me all the money in the register.” The two remaining suspects acted as lookouts, the report stated. The suspects mad…

FRENCH CREEK – A Sherman man was taken into custody after breaking into a French Creek home around 5:10 a.m. Sunday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Department.Benjamin D. Crane, 21, was arrested after the homeowner awoke to find him in the home. Crane was detained until police arrived, according to the police report. Crane was taken to the Chautauqua Coun…

PORTLAND – A Portland man struck a parked vehicle on Route 20 in Portland Sunday morning, causing his own vehicle to overturn, Chautauqua County sheriff’s deputies reported.Frederick S. Brown, 28, was driving west on the route around 5:56 a.m., when he left his lane and hit the vehicle parked on the side of the road. Brown was taken to Westfield Hospital with minor inj…

Hamburg police are asking the public’s help in catching the man who robbed a local store on Friday.The man entered the store Friday afternoon and handed the clerk a note demanding cash. The store employee handed over an undetermined amount of cash and the thief fled in an older, beat-up, four-door vehicle – possibly black.Police posted a video of the suspect inside the…

WHEATFIELD – The SPCA of Niagara reneged on its promises of lifetime health insurance and life insurance, the organization’s former executive director contended in a lawsuit filed last week.Albert J. Chille, 87, said in his State Supreme Court suit that the SPCA board voted twice to give him the benefits, but they were cut off last year.Chille, a Lewiston resident, ran…

A woman fended off two would-be robbers Saturday afternoon in Riverside.The woman was followed by two teenagers after she walked away from a gas station sometime between 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, according to Buffalo police reports.While at Skillen Street and Esser Avenue, the two teens tried to take money out of the woman’s hand. The woman fought off the two, givin…

Four males forced their way into an Allentown apartment and beat two people with a shovel, Buffalo police said Saturday.The incident happened in an apartment on Elmwood Avenue, between Allen and Virginia streets, where the two victims were beaten about the head and body, according to police reports.The two were treated at the scene and then transported to Erie County Medic…

Two people were robbed at gunpoint over the weekend in the city’s Schiller Park neighborhood, Buffalo police said Saturday.The two victims – both males – told police they were at Genesee Street and Crossman Avenue at about 11:37 p.m. Friday when they were approached by a male in his late teens, according to police report.The teenager pulled out a black handgun from h…

A 24-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were sexually assaulted at gunpoint while at home Saturday morning in the city’s Kensington-Bailey neighborhood, police said.The incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday at a home on Roosevelt Avenue.One man assaulted the two victims, while another man held them at gunpoint, according to police reports.The gunman stole the …

OLCOTT – A pair of five and-a-half foot tall marijuana plants were found growing in the side yard of a Clinton Street residence Thursday evening, sheriff’s deputies said.While police were in the area on an unrelated issue, a neighbor reported the two plants growing in plain sight in the yard of a neighboring home, deputies said. Deputies seized the pants but were unsuc…

The victim was working at the Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission between 6 and 7 p.m. when someone entered her purse, which had been left in a kitchen area, and ripped the blank checks out of a checkbook. The woman was advised to cancel all the checks, police said. Nothing else was reported missing.