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A car crashed into a house on Hill Street near Victoria Avenue early Sunday morning after the woman driving the car apparently lost control of her vehicle. Police say the incident occurred at about 2 a.m. in the first block of Hill, when the woman drove into the house, causing "significant damage," according to accident investigators. The driver was taken to Erie County…

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State investigators probing the death of an unarmed man by a Buffalo police officer noted last week that more than 15,000 law enforcement and military agencies use Tasers. The Buffalo Police Department, they noted, "is not one of those agencies." That could change. The department recently began discussions about the possibility of more widely using Tasers. As o…

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Two women told Buffalo Police that three armed men came into their house without permission and robbed them at gunpoint at 9 p.m. Sunday in the 400 block of Seventh Street. Police reported that one woman told them a gun was pointed at her head and the thieves took $500 in cash. Also reported stolen from both the upper and lower apartments were a Playstation, an iPhone, …

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A Plymouth Avenue woman called Buffalo police after her neighbor crashed into her unoccupied, parked vehicle in 700 block Tuesday night. She told police her neighbor appeared to be intoxicated. Police interviewed the driver, Loretta R. Collier of Plymouth Avenue, and charged her with driving while intoxicated. Collier refused a chemical test, police said. Accordin…

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A Buffalo man was charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly used a knife to slash another man in the face inside a 7-Eleven on Main Street in Buffalo early Saturday morning. Buffalo police responded to a "customer trouble" call at 2:20 a.m. Saturday at a 7-Eleven at 3211 Main St. and found a man had been severely cut in the face. Edward Anderson, 44, of W…

A woman in the 700 block of LaSalle Avenue told Buffalo police on Saturday morning that sometime between midnight and 8:19 a.m., someone damaged the mirror on her vehicle and took cash and jewelry from her purse in the vehicle. The woman said $500 cash, six rings, and a necklace valued at $2,900 were stolen, reported police. She told police she may know who may have …

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A man and woman told Buffalo police that a heated argument turned violent just after 2:30 a.m. Saturday on the West Side. Jose R. Flores, 26, of Ferguson Street and Romaine A. Jirdon, 19, of West Ferry Street were charged with third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. Jirdon also was  charged with second-degree menacing and Flores with seventh-degree criminal p…

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A food delivery driver working for Skip the Dishes was shot in the face with a BB gun in an attempted robbery at 3:17 a.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Berwyn Avenue. The driver said he was called to the address and as he attempted to deliver the food he was approached by three man who tried to get in his car. One tried to enter the driver's side and another tried to op…

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John O'Rourk often apologizes for his memory. The retired Buffalo police officer suffered a massive heart attack 18 years ago. He'd been using the snowblower at his West Seneca home. He started to feel "a little wobbly." He suddenly endured crushing pressure — what he describes as "an elephant's foot" — upon his chest. At the hospital, the doctors decided the damage was…

A man with cerebral palsy was assaulted and robbed of his cell phone on Friday morning in the 50 block of Lewis Street. The victim told Buffalo Police that a large man wearing a blue shirt and white shorts, driving a blue pick-up, assaulted him and then forcefully took his cell phone. The man then got back into the truck and drove west on Clinton Street. The victim d…

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Two men allegedly entered a first floor apartment on East Delavan Avenue without permission and pistol whipped a resident at 2:14 a.m. Friday. One suspect, Bishara Lott, 44, of Florida Avenue, was caught by police after the attackers fled. He was charged with first-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, second-degree assault and resisting arrest…

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Patrick Crowley took the call a few nights ago, while he was on the job as a Buffalo cop. The voice on the other end told the officer he'd won a departmental award, and invited him to the annual presentation at Buffalo Police Headquarters. Crowley wasn't buying it. "Come on," he said. He figured it was one of his buddies having some fun with him. But then he saw t…

A delivery driver for Master Pizza told police that when he was taking an order to Emerson Place he was robbed at gunpoint of food and $150 in cash at 12:20 a.m. Sunday. Two men, including Khalil Burney, 21, of East Utica Street and an unknown accomplice allegedly called and then robbed the driver, police reported. The accomplice had been armed with a black handgun,…

A Wecker Street man said thieves broke into his Buffalo apartment in the 100 block on Saturday night and took $10,000 in cash, which he had been storing in a sneaker box in his bedroom. The victim told police that the suspects knew what they were looking for. He told police it appeared that the suspects forced their way in and went straight to his bedroom, where he had …

A 21-year-old man was taken to surgery at Erie County Medical Center following a shooting at 2:30 a.m. Sunday at Bailey and Lisbon avenues, according to the Buffalo Police Department. He was shot multiple times by unknown assailants. The victim's identity and current condition has not been released. The case is under investigation by Buffalo Police homicide detec…