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Investigators seek clues in Woltz Ave. shooting

A man was shot at least twice at about 11:15 a.m. Friday on the 200 block of Woltz Avenue on the city's East Side, Buffalo police reported.

The victim, who was hit in his left thigh and left hand, was not cooperating with police, according to reports. His condition was not immediately available.

A witness told police he saw a gray Cadillac Escalade with chrome rims leaving the scene after the shots were fired. The vehicle was last seen headed toward Sycamore Avenue.

Police recovered seven shell casings from the scene.

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Driver jailed, no bail, after third DWI arrest

An Akron woman facing a possible seven-year prison term on her latest drunken driving arrest collapsed Friday in a Buffalo courtroom after she was ordered jailed without bail.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio noted that Rachel M. Wagner, 22, of Liberty Street, had a "long-term alcohol problem" and alcohol counseling efforts in recent years had not succeeded.

After a driving while intoxicated arrest two years ago, the judge had placed Wagner on probation and ordered her to stop drinking. She described Wagner as "a danger" on the roads and ordered her jailed without bail pending further proceedings.

Jeffrey J. Hagen, chief of the District Attorney's DWI Bureau, had sought only to have her held on $100,000 cash bail on probation violation charges linked to the 2003 arrest.

Wagner, arrested June 15 on County Road in Clarence, came to court Friday with relatives on the probation violation charges.

This was her third drunken driving arrest in the past three years, Hagen said.

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Scam e-mail imitating Salvation Army probed

The FBI is investigating a fraudulent e-mail soliciting money for the Salvation Army.

Sent from americansalvationarmyreliefs@yahoo.com, the e-mail is circulating on the Internet and suggests it is from the organization's national headquarters. Potential donors are instructed to give money through transfers, mail or credit card.

The Salvation Army never asks for credit card information to be sent via e-mail, officials said. The correct way to make a credit card donation is through The Salvation Army's secure Web site: www.salvationarmyusa.org, by calling (800) SAL-ARMY or through the mail, addressed to the local Salvation Army office.

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Police arrest driver in high-speed chase

LOCKPORT -- City police arrested a Saxton Street man Friday night, a day after he allegedly led them on a high-speed chase.

Dennis C. Jeffrey, 42, was charged with 21 vehicle and traffic counts, including reckless driving, speeding, running red lights and stop signs, and failure to signal turns. He also was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and aggravated unlicensed operation.

An officer who reportedly knew Jeffrey didn't have a driver's license saw him driving at Water and Clinton streets.

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