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>Man beaten to death in his apartment

Lockport police found the body of a 54-year-old Lockport man who apparently had been beaten to death with a blunt instrument inside his West Avenue apartment Sunday night, police said today.

A neighbor called police at about 8 p.m. after hearing noises from an apparent fight in the man's apartment at 438 West Ave. Responding officers found the resident lying on the floor of his apartment, a victim of blunt force trauma, they said.

Detectives interviewed several witnesses and people of interest, but no arrest had been made as of mid-morning.

An autopsy will be done today.

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>Intruder beats woman, forces her to swallow powder

A Fox Street woman told Ferry-Fillmore District officers Sunday that a man broke into her home, beat her and forced her to swallow a powdered substance.

Tyshawn Burts, 31, of Bissell Street, was arrested and charged with felony burglary, felony criminal mischief, felony aggravated criminal contempt of a court order and reckless endangerment.

Police said Burts broke in while the victim and her child were asleep, tore down the drop ceiling in her bedroom, beat her and "shoved suspicious powder down [her] mouth, forcing her to ingest" it.

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>Gun pointed at officer during arrest attempt

A Clinton Street man was charged with breaking into a home Sunday night, confronting a resident at gunpoint and then pointing his shotgun at a Buffalo police officer, police said.

Donald R. Napierala, 38, was charged with burglary, criminal use of firearm, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief and menacing.

South District police said an intruder armed with a shotgun entered a home in the 200 block of Fenton Street at about 6:30 p.m.

The burglar threatened the man inside the home and damaged chairs, tables and the bed by flipping them over and breaking them. He then fled.

Officer James Reese went to Napierala's home to arrest him at about 7:50 p.m., when Napierala pointed his gun at the officer, police said.

Reese retreated to the bottom of the stairwell for cover, pointed his own service weapon at the gunman and ordered him to drop his gun.

Napierala complied and Reese confiscated a 12-gauge shotgun and arrested Napierala, police said.

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>Woman stabbed, bitten during argument

A 20-year-old Buffalo woman was stabbed and bitten during an argument Sunday night at Miller and Walden avenues, police said.

Cassandra Ward, of St. Louis Street, suffered a stab wound in her upper chest and bite wound on her left forearm. She was treated in the Erie County Medical Center and discharged.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said during an argument, another woman pulled out a knife and attacked Ward.

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>Man attacked at home treated in ECMC

A Hopkins Street man was stabbed by a woman Sunday night at his home, Buffalo police reported.

Darryl A. Collins, 19, was treated in the emergency room of the Erie County Medical Center for a stab wound to his right shoulder. He was later released.

South District Police said the attack occurred at about 10 p.m.

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>Two firefighters hurt in apartment blaze

Two Buffalo firefighters suffered minor injuries while battling a blaze Saturday night at a four-story brick apartment building on Johnson Park.

The firefighters were treated in Erie County Medical Center for unknown injuries.

Fire authorities said flames erupted in a third-floor apartment at 49 Johnson Park at 5:20 p.m.

Several tenants were evacuated from the building. Damage was estimated by officials at $75,000 to the building and $25,000 to the contents.

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>North Tonawanda man injured in bar fight

A 21-year-old North Tonawanda man was beaten and stabbed Sunday morning during a fight at a Delaware Avenue bar, police said.

Mark Flanigan, of Beech Ridge Road, suffered a 15-inch stab wound on his lower back. He was treated in the emergency room of Sisters Hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Central District police reported that Flanigan was jumped by 10 men at about 4 a.m. at Tantra, 153 Delaware Ave.

The assailants punched and kicked him repeatedly and one of them pulled out a sharp knife or razor and cut his back, police said.

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>Man, 26, suffers multiple stabbings

A 26-year-old Buffalo man was stabbed multiple times Sunday morning at a Broadway club, police said.

Aries A. Washington, of Hertel Avenue, suffered wounds to his chest and armpit. He was treated at Erie County Medical Center and released.

Central District police said Washington was jumped by a group of men at about 4:45 a.m. at The 86ers Club, 675 Broadway.

Two women drove him to ECMC. No arrests have been made.

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