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POLICE & COURTS

Pizza deliveryman robbed of $47 by two men

Police are investigating the armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman in downtown Buffalo on Sunday evening.

The man, who works for Prima Pizza on Pine Harbor Walk, said he was returning to his car parked by the pizzeria at about 7:50 p.m. when he was approached by two men dressed in dark clothing. One of the men displayed a small, black revolver.

The worker said he handed the robbers $47 cash.

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Shots fired at boy, 14; no injuries reported

The mother of a 14-year-old East Side boy reported to police that a person in a green coat fired a gun at her son three times this morning, authorities said.

The mother said the shooter called out her son's name near the intersection of Carl Street and Northland Avenue just before 8 a.m., then fired the shots.

No one was injured in the incident.

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Arrest made in assault on 83-year-old man

An East Side man was arrested late Sunday night after he allegedly hit an 83-year-old man in the head with a cast iron skillet and a cane with a brass handle, police said.

The victim, who shares an address with the suspect on Schutrum Street, suffered a 2-inch laceration on the top of his head and a possible broken finger. He was treated at the Veteran's Administration Hospital.

The suspect, Rodney Bark, 47, was charged with assault with intent to cause physical injury and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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Man and woman charged with attempted robbery

Police arrested an East Utica Street couple on charges of attempting to rob the Metro Food Mart, 389 Fillmore Ave., over the weekend.

The store's owner told Ferry-Fillmore District officers that the couple went behind the counter and pushed and shoved him at 4:50 p.m. Saturday. He said they attempted to steal a money order and some cash.

Matthew J. Smith, 37, and Jessica A. Lyons, 29, were charged each with attempted robbery.

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Shots are fired into home on W. Delavan; family unhurt

A family escaped injury early Sunday morning when shots were fired through their West Side home.

At least three shots were fired just after midnight through the front living room window of a home in the 100 block of West Delavan Avenue, between Herkimer and Dewitt streets, Buffalo police said.

Two bullets went into a dining room wall, near where the mother and daughter were sitting at a table playing cards. Another bullet became embedded in a living room ceiling.

Two other children were in a bedroom of the house at the time of the incident.

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Family flees house fire on Sycamore Street

Fire destroyed a house at 777 Sycamore St. on Sunday afternoon, driving a family out of its home.

Buffalo firefighters were called to the scene at 2:08 p.m. Damage was estimated at $30,000 to the building and $30,000 to contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Two women charged after fight, stabbing

Two South Buffalo women were arrested early Sunday after a third woman was stabbed in the arm during a fight at Mackinaw and Katherine streets, Buffalo police said.

Gwendelyn Rodriguez, 18, of Lockwood Avenue, was charged with felony assault in the attack on a 19-year-old Weiss Street woman.

Tracy Pritchett, 35, of Altruria Street, was charged with menacing and harassing the woman with a knife and endangering the welfare of minors by bringing her daughters to the corner to participate in the fight, police said.

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Two arrests follow attack on Forest Ave.

A Parkside Avenue man was stabbed at 3:50 a.m. Sunday at Forest Avenue and Baynes Street.

Northwest District officers said the knife wound in the left side caused a lung to collapse. The victim also was slashed across the face with a broken beer bottle.

Giovanni Alvarez, 21, of East Street, and Robert J. Hughes, 24, of Jeffrey Drive, Amherst, were charged with possession of a weapon and felony assault.

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