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Police probe shooting in Rickert Ave. field

Buffalo police were investigating the shooting Wednesday evening of an 18-year-old man on Rickert Avenue.

The victim, who was shot in a field near his home, was fighting for his life in Erie County Medical Center, where he was taken shortly after 8 p.m., police said. Further information was unavailable.

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Suspended firefighter accused of sex with boy

WELLSVILLE -- James R. Davison, 35, a suspended volunteer firefighter, was charged Wednesday with first-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.

After arraignment before Village Justice Will Goetschius, Davison was remanded to Allegany County jail in lieu of $25,000 bail. He did not enter a plea, authorities said.

Village police said Davison, a member of the Grant Duke Hose Company, was accused of performing a sexual act with a 7-year-old Wellsville boy in the fire hall in early July.

Police said the sexual assault did not take place during a fire company function.

Fire Chief Jerome Hart suspended Davison, who lives across the street from the fire hall, until the case is resolved.

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Handyman returns to home to steal trains

A handyman who once did work for an East Side resident apparently couldn't resist returning at 4:15 a.m. Wednesday and running off with a box of collectible toy trains, police said.

Ferry-Fillmore District officers said the resident of the house at Grimes and Mohr streets chased the intruder, who had entered with a duplicate key. The man dropped the box as he fled.

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Man fends off robbers, suffers multiple cuts

Two men jumped and cut a man walking along the railroad tracks off Chandler Street near Military Road, but he fought off their robbery attempt, Northwest District officers reported Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Lawn Avenue man was taken to Erie County Medical Center with multiple cuts to the face and chest after being attacked at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

"I was walking home from a friend's house," the victim said later, asking that his name not be published. "They wanted my cell phone. I defended myself -- I didn't care how many they were. One of them had a cut lip, and one had a cut on his face."

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