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>Doctor accosted at hospital, car and ID are stolen

A Williamsville doctor's car was stolen after he was held up at gunpoint by two men in the parking lot of Millard Fillmore Hospital about 8 p.m. Friday, Buffalo police said.

The doctor was scraping ice off the car when confronted by the two, described as in their late teens, who demanded his car keys, police said. The bandits also made off with the physician's hospital identification, police added.

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>Teenager arrested in stabbing on porch

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Grand Island man was stabbed in the chest in a melee on the front porch of a Michigan Avenue home Friday afternoon, and a city teenager was arrested in the case, Detective Capt. Ernest Palmer said.

Michael M. Shepherd, 17, of Liberty Avenue, was charged with first-degree assault. Palmer said Shepherd was picked up at 22nd Street and Pine Avenue about an hour after the 3:10 p.m. stabbing at 2425 Michigan.

The victim, Mohamed Abdelatif, 23, of Fairway Lane, suffered a punctured lung and a knife wound to his wrist. Palmer said his condition was stabilized in Erie County Medical Center, where he was transferred after initial treatment in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Palmer said about eight people were involved in the fracas. He said it appeared the dispute was over a woman, but it neither Shepherd nor Abdelatif had a relationship with her.

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>Jailed investment guide indicted on new charges

Richard A. Muto, the former Lewiston investment counselor serving a state prison term for swindling dozens of retirees of their life savings, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on tax fraud charges.

Muto, 48, serving two to six years at the Adirondack Correctional Facility, is accused of peddling a tax investment scheme to clients that federal tax attorneys say cost the government $1.9 million in lost taxes.

Federal prosecutors allege Muto instructed clients to shield assets through fraudulent trusts and off-shore accounts, assuring them that the schemes were legal.

Tax attorneys from the Internal Revenue Service accused Muto in one scheme of telling a client he could run his life as a business, deducting such things as utility bills as a business expense.

Muto already faces $15 million in civil judgments filed by his investors. He said at his sentencing last year that he is broke.

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>Robber hits bank branch in Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD -- A Bank of America branch on Williams Road was robbed of an undetermined amount of cash Friday afternoon.

State Police said that a young man wearing a tan coat, a black hooded sweat shirt and a small mask handed a teller a holdup note about 3:25 p.m. He did not display a weapon.

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>Isle man charged in theft of doors, windows

A Grand Island man was charged Thursday with stealing several windows and a door from a house under construction on Grand Island, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Timothy D. Sander, 30, faces grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal trespass charges.

Sheriff's deputies said they were contacted by a contractor Thursday morning about supplies that were taken from the building site. Deputy Michael Summers and Detective Dennis Fitzgibbon found the stolen items inside a garage attached to an Elmwood Road home.

The items were valued at more than $2,000.

Sander was taken to the Holding Center, pending court action.

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>Firefighter, resident hurt in $60,000 garage fire

A garage fire at a Webb Road address on Grand Island early Friday resulted in $60,000 damage and minor injuries to a firefighter and a resident, Grand Island fire officials reported.

Grand Island firefighters arrived at the Donald Richard property at 1866 Webb Road shortly after 6 a.m. to find the garage there fully involved in fire. An overloaded heating device apparently sparked the blaze, authorities said.

The garage was heavily damaged, as was a vehicle inside.

A Grand Island firefighter suffered a slight shoulder injury and was relieved from duty. An occupant of the house, Sally Richard, 79, was given precautionary treatment at the scene and taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, fire officials said.

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>Woman at Peace Bridge held on drug charges

A 20-year-old Rochester woman was arrested late Thursday night at the Peace Bridge on felony drug charges after she was caught concealing 200 Ecstasy pills, Buffalo police said.

Alexandria K. Grossman, 20, was charged with two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance. She was a passenger in a car entering the United States shortly before 6:30 p.m., Bureau of Customs and Border Protection officers said.

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>Argument on street leaves man shot in knee

A Hudson Street man was shot late Thursday morning following a dispute with another man, Buffalo police said.

Radames Alvarado, 54, argued with a Prospect Avenue man at about 11:30 a.m., when he was shot in the right knee, police said.

The assailant fled north on Prospect, police added.

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