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Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority police charged a Phyllis Street man with eight felony counts after he allegedly assaulted and pulled a gun on two police officers when they found him with 15 bags of marijuana.

Police said the suspect was spotted stuffing the drugs in his coat pocket at a building in the 200 block of Oakmont Avenue. The man fled, leading police on a foot chase. He was apprehended nearby and began to fight with Officers Albert Maloney and Brian Brittzzalaro. He then pointed a gun at the officers with his finger on the trigger, but the officers were able to subdue him and recover the loaded automatic pistol.

Michael Thomas, 25, was charged with felony criminal possession of a loaded weapon, reckless endangerment, assault with intent to cause physical injury, menacing, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon.

Maloney suffered a sprained right knee and Brittzzalaro a sprained left knee and multiple abrasions to both knees.

Both officers were treated in Erie County Medical Center.

Three men with gun invade
Curry Walk home, take $60

Central District officers are looking for three men who forced their way into a Curry Walk home Tuesday night by speaking in a child's voice, then stole money at gunpoint.

Police said the men pushed their way passed the young girl who answered the door at about 8 p.m. One of the men pointed a gun in the faces of the three residents, while the others ransacked the home and fled with about $60 from a woman's purse.

Driver had no taillights
but lots of drugs, police say

Ferry-Fillmore police charged a Leslie Street man with felony drug charges this morning after he was stopped for driving without with taillights at Bailey Avenue and Genesee Street.

Police said they stopped the vehicle at 4:25 a.m. and found the man smoking marijuana and saw him drop 25 small bags of crack cocaine while riding in the police car.

Lamar Pace, 20, of Leslie Street, was charged criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of marijuana and a traffic violation.

Man caught dumping trash
leads police on car chase

A man caught illegally dumping garbage on Chelsea Place fled from police Tuesday and led them on a chase through the East Side, Northeast District officers reported.

While on routine patrol at 4 p.m., officers said, they saw Christopher McCullen, 31, of Quincy Street, in a back yard on Chelsea near East Delavan Avenue.

Officers said McCullen jumped into a car without plates and sped away, running a red light at Northland and Fillmore avenues before they stopped him in front of 1600 Fillmore.

McCullen was charged with obstructing government administration, failing to obey a red light and driving without a license.

Men wielding knife take
TV set from apartment

South District officers said two men entered a Smith Street apartment Tuesday night, displayed a 6-inch curved blade, threated the homeowner and fled with a television set.

The men escaped in a dark, older-model Ford vehicle.

Police arrest two men
suspected in car fire

Ferry-Fillmore District officers arrested two men who allegedly set fire to a stolen car on Ruhland Avenue early Tuesday morning.

Police said the two men were seen setting fire to a 1992 Pontiac and damaging an abandoned house before driving off.

Randolph A. Harris, 22, of Ruhland, and James K. Brock, of Norfolk Avenue, were charged with felony arson, felony criminal mischief and reckless endangerment. The car was stolen from the West Side.

Town of Cuba man killed
in deer hunting accident

CUBA -- A Town of Cuba man was killed in a hunting accident on the opening day of regular deer season. Police said Gary Duvall, 42, was killed by an apparently accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound in the town. Duvall was found dead from a facial wound in a tree stand, Cuba Police Chief Gary Fries said.

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