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>Slaying of ex-Buffalo woman in Florida probed with others

Authorities in Daytona Beach, Fla., are investigating whether a former Buffalo woman who was killed late last month is the third victim of a serial killer.

The body of Iwana Patton, 35, of Holly Hill, Fla., a nurse at an assisted living facility, was found Feb. 24 on a dirt road off Williamson Boulevard in Daytona Beach, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

The Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel reported Patton was shot in the back of the head.

Authorities are working on the case with a criminal profiler. Three women, ranging in age from 34 to 45, were killed in that area of Daytona Beach, with the first slaying on Dec. 26.

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>Teen pleads not guilty in slaying of dentist

A Black Rock teenager was ordered to remain jailed without bail by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns today after he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and weapons charges in the fatal stabbing of a well-known local dentist last month.

Patrick Farrell, 17, claims he stabbed Joseph D. Mattelione, 64, on Feb. 2 in the victim's Amherst home while fending off his homosexual advances. Farrell faces a prison term of 25 years to life if convicted, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark and homicide prosecutor Kenneth F. Case.

Farrell, of East Street, has been in custody since his Feb. 9 arrest after he allegedly confessed to the fatal incident.

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>Man riding bike beaten during robbery

A 25-year-old Buffalo man was hospitalized early today after he was beaten by four men during a robbery in the city's Lovejoy neighborhood, police reported.

John Hamilton, of North Ogden Street, was treated in Mercy Hospital for injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said Hamilton was riding his chrome BMX bike on East Lovejoy, near Longnecker Street, at about 1 a.m. when he was confronted by a man who asked him for a light.

The man then punched Hamilton in his right eye and three more men emerged and continued the beating. The men stole his bike, valued at about $350, and fled.

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>Blaze destroys home; firefighter injured

A Buffalo firefighter suffered minor injuries early today while battling a fire that destroyed an occupied Glenwood Avenue home.

The firefighter remained on duty.

Fire officials reported that flames erupted at 125 Glenwood at 2:20 a.m. and quickly engulfed the 2 1/2 -story home. The Red Cross is assisting one adult.

Damages were estimated at $50,000 to the building and $10,000 to the contents. An emergency demolition has been ordered. The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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>Three juveniles sought in Ruhland Ave. fire

Three juveniles are being sought for starting a fire Monday night that destroyed a vacant Ruhland Avenue house and caused a firefighter to suffer minor injuries, police reported.

The firefighter remained on duty.

Ferry-Fillmore District Police said three juveniles ignited a fire at 7 Ruhland, a city-owned house, at about 8 p.m.

Fire officials reported that flames tore through the 2 1/2 -story structure, causing about $25,000 damage. An emergency demolition has been ordered.

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>Girl, 15, charged in stabbing of 2 teens

A 15-year-old Buffalo girl was charged Monday night with stabbing two teenage girls -- including one who was seriously injured -- on Lisbon Avenue, police said.

Lauren Cobb, 16, of Lisbon Avenue, was listed today in fair condition in the Erie County Medical Center with stab wounds on her face, chest, side and back.

The second victim, Rodnesha Cole, 16, of Kensington Avenue, suffered a stab wound on her right arm. Rural/Metro Medical Services paramedics treated her at the scene.

The attacker, who cannot be named as a young offender, was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing.

Major Crimes Unit detectives said the attack occurred at about 8:50 p.m. in the 200 block of Lisbon when a fight erupted and the assailant pulled out a pocket knife.

Officers Eric Fuller and Terrance McKnight made the arrest.

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>Officer pepper-sprayed trying to stop car-theft suspect

A suspected car thief made an attempt to grab a Cheektowaga police officer's handgun and then struck the officer's hand, causing the officer to be sprayed with his own pepper spray in a Genesee Street parking lot Monday morning.

The incident occurred shortly before 7:30 a.m., after Officer Thomas LaBelle spotted a possible stolen vehicle on Buell Avenue. He followed the vehicle to the parking lot at 4039 Genesee St., where the driver walked away.

LaBelle approached the man from behind and told him to stop, before the man grabbed at the officer's gun. LaBelle trapped the gun in his holster, before reaching for his pepper spray.

After being sprayed, the officer chased the man into a building and radioed for help. LaBelle and others later caught the man under a tractor-trailer.

Adrian Montgomery, 25, of Martha Avenue, Buffalo, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, attempted robbery, harassment, resisting arrest and aggravated unlicensed operation.

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