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SHUMWAY STREET MAN ARRESTED IN GANG ASSAULT

Buffalo police officers arrested a Shumway Street man early today who was wanted in a gang assault last week on Broadway at Smith Street, authorities said.

Corey Beasley, 31, of the 200 block of Shumway, was apprehended at 12:01 a.m. in his residence by Ferry-Fillmore District Officers Joseph Langdon and Mark Costantino. He and several others were accused of jumping Trent Rawls and Doug King on Sept. 16, police said.

Woman slashed in throat;
another woman is arrested

A West Avenue woman was slashed in the throat early today with a broken beer bottle by another woman, according to Northwest District police.

Sari Casillas, age unavailable, of the 700 block of West, suffered the wound in a fight with Linett Trinidad, according to Officers Carmen Menza and Sean Phillips.

Casillas was taken to Buffalo General Hospital, where she was given 14 stitches to close the gash, authorities said. Trinidad, 26, of the first block of 10th Street, was charged with assault in the 12:40 a.m. attack in the 500 block of Fargo Avenue.

West Side candy store
robbed by 3 at gunpoint

Three masked men armed with shotguns entered a West Side candy store late Tuesday night and robbed it, Northwest District police said.

Officers James Hummel and Brian Griffin said the thieves went behind the counter of City Candy Store in the 500 block of Fargo Avenue at 11:35 p.m. and took about $600 and 10 cartons of assorted cigarettes before fleeing.

Three West Side homes
ransacked by armed men

Two men armed with a handgun forced their way into the homes of West Side residents in three incidents Tuesday, according to Northwest District police reports.

A Dewitt Street man told officers two men forced their way into his upper apartment at about 5:45 p.m. He reported he was assaulted with a handgun, tied up with a cord and put into a closet. The man's apartment was ransacked; house keys, identification and jewelry were taken, he told officers.

Two men forced an Auburn Avenue resident into his home at gunpoint at about 8:20 p.m., according to reports. The men, who demanded money, ordered the resident to the floor as they went through his home. Cash and identification were taken from the victim's wallet before the men ripped his telephone from the wall and fled.

A similar incident occurred early Tuesday on Richmond Avenue, where two occupants of an apartment were bound with electrical cord and duct tape and threatened with a handgun. That apartment also was ransacked, and two telephones and several hundred dollars were reported stolen.

It is not known whether police believe the three crimes are related.

$45,000 Akron house fire
blamed on attic light short

A short circuit in an attic light is blamed for a fire that caused an estimated $45,000 damage to a Village of Akron home early today.

Homeowner Joseph Ludwig of 16 Marshall Ave. reported the fire at 1:56 a.m.

Volunteers from the Akron, Newstead and Clarence Center fire companies responded and brought the fire under control within 30 minutes. One firefighter suffered a minor head injury and was treated at the scene.

Damage was estimated at $30,000 to the building and $15,000 to the contents.

Niagara Falls man charged
in death of pedestrian

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Weston Avenue man was charged with criminally negligent homicide Tuesday in the Sept. 8 death of a man in a truck-pedestrian accident.

Bryan C. Kuhns, 42, pleaded not guilty to the charge in City Court during his arraignment before Judge Robert M. Restaino. He was granted an adjournment until Nov. 20, when he also will face charges of driving while ability impaired by alcohol and failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian.

The incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m., when Kuhns was turning from Hyde Park Boulevard onto Niagara Avenue.

Christopher J. Kozinski, 30, of Ferry Avenue, who was walking south in the 2100 block of Hyde Park Boulevard and was crossing Niagara Avenue, was struck.

Kozinski was pronounced dead at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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