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>Juvenile girl accused of setting curtains afire

A juvenile girl was arrested by Buffalo police early Friday after she set fire to her bedroom curtains, according to police.

Police were called to the Sprenger Avenue address at about 7 a.m. The girl's mother told police that her daughter set fire to the curtains while others were in the house. The fire caused more than $2,000 damage.

Charges included criminal mischief and arson. The girl's name was not released due to her age.

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>Credit cards, drugs, guns seized; 3 arrested

Two Alden women and a Basom man were arrested Friday morning after State Police raided the women's Wende Road house and seized a number of items relating to alleged identity theft and narcotics possession, State Police reported.

Troopers executed a search warrant and said they seized crack cocaine, powder cocaine, a loaded handgun, stolen shotgun, long guns, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, credit cards and bank statements and a variety of paperwork relating to the alleged identity theft investigation.

Judi D. Snyder, 44, and Donna Heineman, 42, both of 2482 Wende Road in Alden, and Grant A. Sundown, 41, of Skye Road, Basom, were arrested. Sundown was charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance. Heineman was charged with the same crime as a misdemeanor.

Snyder faces two counts of felony criminal possession of a controlled substance, two counts of criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

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>Jeep with possible ties to shooting is seized

A 1997 Jeep Cherokee was impounded late Thursday night, suspected of being a vehicle involved in a shooting on Hawley Street, police said.

Residents on Hawley between Bradley Street and Forest Avenue told police they witnessed up to four shots fired from a white Jeep Cherokee at about 11 p.m. The driver fled west on Forest Avenue.

Within minutes, Northwest District officers found the vehicle matching the description, parked in vacant lot adjacent to a Parkdale Avenue address. It had buckshot holes on the front passenger side of the vehicle, police said.

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>Man accused of selling bootleg DVDs from van

A Wyoming Avenue man faces felony trademark counterfeiting charges for selling bootleg DVDs from the back of a van, Buffalo police said Friday.

LaMaurice Wilbert, 43, is accused of having more than 100 unauthorized DVDs and was selling them from his van. Police targeted his van at about 5:20 p.m. Friday in the 2700 block of Bailey Avenue, where they also discovered unlicensed apparel was being sold.

Wilbert also was charged with the manufacture or sale of an unauthorized recording of a performance and the failure to disclose the origin of a recording.

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>Gold chain, nugget ring taken in armed holdup

A Town of Tonawanda man was robbed at gunpoint late Friday afternoon in a back yard near Amherst and Kail streets, Buffalo police reported.

The victim told police he was approached by a man about 20 years old who pulled out a handgun and said, "Give me the chain, I ain't playin'."

The victim surrendered a gold chain he was wearing and a gold nugget ring. The items' value is estimated at nearly $500.

The robber fled south on Kail and cut through several yards.

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>Hitting woman with car yields assault plea

A Hempstead Avenue woman pleaded guilty to a first-degree assault charge for knocking an East Delavan Avenue woman through the front window of her car after they argued last summer.

Tecrette L. Gist, 24, was allowed by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to remain free on $25,000 previously posted bail over the protest of prosecutors who had called for her immediate jailing.

The judge told Gist on Friday that she faces a seven-year prison term at her sentencing May 31.

Indicted on attempted murder, assault and unlicensed driving charges for the incident on Langfield Drive last summer, Gist accepted a prosecution plea deal. Under both the attempted murder and assault charges, she had faced a maximum 25-year prison term, court officials said. Prosecutor Daniel M. Killelea said Latefa Moore, 27, suffered permanent facial scars when Gist intentionally drove at her and she smashed through the front window of the vehicle about 11:20 a.m. last July 15.

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>Girl, 10, says man, 79, grabbed her at bus stop

An Avery Place man is accused of grabbing and making sexually inappropriate comments to a 10-year-old girl waiting for a school bus Friday morning, Cheektowaga police said.

Officers Brian Gould and David Stevens charged Lee Winfield, 79, with harassment and endangering the welfare of a child, police said.

Winfield was accused of grabbing the girl by the arm and asking her inappropriate questions, about 7:50 a.m., at Genesee Street and Avery. The incident was witnessed by her older sister, and they ran home and told her family, police said.

Winfield was arrested at Genesee and East End Avenue, police said, and was released on his own recognizance. Cheektowaga police requested an order of protection for the girl.

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