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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 …

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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 damag…

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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…

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If you want the secret, maybe it was the shoes. Officer Patrick McDonald does not wear your grandfather's thick-soled leather police shoes. He wears jet black, uniform-matching, department-approved black Under Armour sneakers, which allow him to be nimble in any number of split-second on-the-job situations. Let's say, for instance, he was playing wide receiver in a game…

Doyontra Giles, 27, was arrested early Sunday morning for threatening to blow up a house on Manhattan Street with a person inside, Buffalo police reported. Officers said Giles cut the gas line in the basement, filling the house with gas. She also broke the front window and front door of the house. The damage is estimated at $400. Officers arrested Giles on Comstock …

A Buffalo man found shot to death Friday night on the East Side is the ninth homicide in Buffalo this year, police reported. Ferry-Fillmore District officers responded to the call of a shooting at about 8:50 p.m. at Genesee and Ivy streets. The  victim, identified Mario Hayes, 41, was found dead in the 100 block of St. Louis Avenue, according to  police.  

Two Buffalo police officers were injured Thursday while responding to a domestic incident in the first block of Carl Street, a Buffalo police spokesman said. According to police, the officers arrived on the scene just before 2 p.m. and encountered a fight between at least three members of a family. Trying to break up the fight, the two officers – who are female, an…

Buffalo police late Monday arrested an Angola woman for possessing a controlled substance and an illegal inspection sticker. Central District officers responded to the call just before 10:30 p.m. in the 900 block of Niagara Street, where they spotted a parked vehicle  in a 7-Eleven parking lot with a forged inspection sticker on the windshield. Officers said they also …