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POLICE PROBE WOUNDING OF 3 IN SEPARATE SHOOTINGS IN CITY

A South Division Street man suffered a gunshot wound to his upper left leg when an unknown assailant shot him on Niagara Street near Carolina Street late Thursday, authorities said.

Maurice C. Brown, 23, of the 200 block of South Division, was taken to Buffalo General Hospital, where he was treated in the emergency room and admitted in the 11:50 p.m. shooting, according to Central District police officers.

Brown was listed in fair condition today.

At 11:55 p.m. Thursday, a Mulberry Street woman was shot in the left calf while playing darts at a William Street tavern, authorities said.

Rashawn Hayes, 27, of the 300 block of Mulberry, told Central District police she was in Denny's Bar on the 300 block of William when a partially masked shooter fired one shot at her with a handgun.

She was treated at Erie County Medical Center and later released. With no arrests, police today were continuing an investigation into the shooting.

In a third city shooting incident Thursday, a Bennett Village woman was shot in the arm by a gunman who arrived at and left the scene in a taxi.

Northeast District officers said the woman's assailant fired several shots before fleeing east on Amherst Street in a blue Broadway taxi.

The woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center by a Twin City ambulance.

Lucky at the casino, tourist
loses $1,200 to a robber

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Oklahoma tourist was robbed of $1,200 late Wednesday while he was walking down the outdoor Rainbow Mall on the American Falls side of the Wintergarden, Detective John Olander said.

Charles Kellogg, 21, of Broken Arrow, Okla., said he had just returned to the American side of the border after winning $400 at Casino Niagara when a man approached, said he had a gun and demanded money.

Kellogg said the man took about $1,200, although the robber never displayed a gun.

Check-cashing attempt
leads to charges for three

A woman was arrested with a stolen check Thursday at the M&T Bank at 1490 Jefferson Ave., and two men have been charged as her accomplices, police said.

Ernestine Pennick, 49, of Riley Street, tried to cash a check that had been reported stolen Oct. 10, according to Northeast District officers.

She was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and conspiracy.

Demetrius Fields, 42, of McNeely Way, allegedly drove her to the bank with Rory Lott, 43, of Devon Green, police said. Both men were charged with conspiracy.

Thief grabs $1,900 in bag
at store on Bailey Ave.

A thief entered a convenience store at 3343 Bailey Ave. late Thursday night and stole cash, according to Northeast District officers.

The thief walked into the store at 10:30 p.m. and reached around the counter and took a bag containing about $1,900, Luft Sneed, a clerk at the store, told investigating officers.

Lone bandit gets $75
from Amherst motel

Amherst police are continuing to look for a lone bandit armed with a handgun who took about $75 from the Red Roof Inn on Flint Road on Wednesday night.

The robber walked into the office, asked the clerk for room availability and rates, then demanded money -- no change, just bills, he said. The thief demanded that the clerk open the safe, but the clerk explained he didn't know the combination.

After taking the $75, the robber went out the front door and got into a dark-colored, newer-model station wagon, which left the parking lot going east.

Police are looking for a white man, possibly in his mid-30s, about 6 feet, 160 pounds, with a slim build and wearing a black, waist-length suede jacket.

Deputies issue a warning
on 'Australian lottery' scam

WARSAW -- The Wyoming County Sheriff's Department has warned of a telephone scam in which "winners" are advised to pay an $850 international tax in order to collect a prize in a $2.5 million Australian lottery.

Anyone receiving such a call is advised to call Sgt. Paul Donnelly, 786-8989.

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