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Man stabbed on Broadway while getting out of van

A West Side suffered severe stab wounds when he was attacked Thursday evening in the 300 block of Broadway, police said today.

Joseph Coney, 48, of Seventh Street, was rushed to Erie County Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. Police said two men stabbed Coney in his left side shortly before 6 p.m. as he was getting out of his van. He was listed in stable condition today in the center's intensive care unit.

Major Crimes detectives are continuing an investigation into the case. The victim also was assaulted outside his house about two weeks ago, according to police.

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Assault by burglar is second on elderly man

Another attack on an elderly victim occurred Wednesday evening when a burglar broke into a Gittere Street man's house and assaulted him, according to Buffalo police reports.

The victim told police that a man in a black leather coat came into his house through a door or a window and attempted to suffocate him with his coat and was possibly looking for money. When the victim screamed, the assailant fled, police said.

Police found fresh footprints outside the window of the man's house; however, there was no evidence of a break-in or wet footprints inside the house, according to reports.

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Suspect arrested in theft of drugs from pharmacy

A Buffalo man was taken into custody Thursday in connection with the theft Tuesday night of painkillers from a pharmacy on Lake Shore Road, Town of Hamburg police reported.

Shawn Summers, 30, is accused of displaying what a pharmacist believed was a semiautomatic pistol at Brooks Pharmacy, 4481 Lake Shore Road, at about 8 p.m. and demanding OxyContin, a powerful painkiller, police said. The pharmacist, apparently rattled by the robbery, instead put 16 bottles of 100 methadone pills into a paper bag.

Police said Summers never asked the pharmacist for money, just drugs.

Summers was charged with armed robbery and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Gunfire takes life of man in Langfield development

Homicide investigators are searching for a suspect and the motive in the city's latest homicide.

Jason Lindsay, 24, was gunned down early Thursday in the Langfield Housing Development, near the Cheektowaga border, police said.

Homicide Squad detectives said several shots rang out at about 1:30 a.m. on Collins Walk. The man's body was found lying near apartment buildings.

He is the city's 56th murder of the year.

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Suspect denied bail in attempted kidnapping

A Cheektowaga man accused of trying to kidnap a 5-year-old boy from a local Wal-Mart was denied bail Thursday and ordered to undergo a mental health examination.

Joseph L. Machnica, 41, faces a charge of attempted kidnapping, a felony, and harassment, a violation, in connection with an incident last Friday afternoon at the Wal-Mart in Thruway Plaza.

A woman was shopping with her 5-year-old grandson and two other young male relatives at about 3:19 p.m. when a man began calling the child "blondie golden boy" and asking the boy to come with him, according to Capt. James P. Morath. The man grabbed for the boy, who pulled away.

The boy's two young relatives made a commotion, alerting the grandmother that something was wrong, Morath said. She contacted store security, who detained the man and called police.

Machnica was arraigned Saturday before Cheektowaga Town Justice Thomas S. Kolbert. He returned to court Thursday, when the judge denied bail and ordered the mental evaluation. Machnica is scheduled to return to court Jan. 31.

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3 people bound, beaten in West Side home invasion

Three people were bound with duct tape and assaulted while two suspects stole $27 during a Thursday afternoon home invasion on the West Side, Buffalo police reported.

The robbers, both armed with handguns, forced their way into a residence in the 700 block of Plymouth Avenue about 2 p.m. They bound the hands and ankles on all three victims -- two men and a woman -- with duct tape, police said. The robbers pistol-whipped two of the victims hand stole the money from one of them.

The victims were held for 90 minutes before one escaped and called 911.

The robbers fled east on West Ferry Street in a large black truck, police said.

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Insurance agency robbed at gunpoint in Cheektowaga

The Nationwide Insurance agency at 3800 Harlem Road was robbed at gunpoint at about 1 p.m. Thursday, Cheektowaga police said.

The bandit was described as a Hispanic male, about 5 feet, 5 inches tall, wearing a hooded sweat shirt and jeans. Police said he displayed a small handgun and made off with an undisclosed sum of cash.

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Apartment building fire in West Seneca probed

West Seneca police are investigating the cause of an apartment building fire shortly after 2 a.m. today at 1535 East and West Road.

A damage estimate was unavailable. No injuries were reported.

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