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>Arrest made in firebombing of home on Harvey Place

A 50-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with setting fire to a Harvey Place home last month by throwing a Molotov cocktail at the entranceway, police reported.

Six people were inside the apartment at the time, but all escaped unharmed.

Kenneth K. Maynard, of 16th Street, was charged with reckless endangerment, two counts of arson and criminal mischief. He also had two warrants for his arrests on charges of petit larceny and grand larceny.

South District police said the fire was set at ar about 3:54 a.m. Feb. 19 at 7 Harvey.

Officer Peter Nigrelli and Detective Gilberto Munoz arrested Maynard at an Ohio Street address at about 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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>Man robbed by three, beaten with a gun

A Buffalo man was beaten with a gun during a street robbery Tuesday morning at Crossman Avenue and Hemenway Street, police reported.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said three men confronted the victim at 12:10 a.m.

As one of the men pointed a gun to his head, the others stole his cell phone, house keys, CD player, $150, a $50 gift card and other personal items, police said.

The gunman then struck the victim twice in the left side of his face, causing bruising and cuts, and threatened to shoot him. The robbers fled west on Crossman through yards.

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>Social Security number used in identity theft

A Tioga Street woman learned she was the victim of identity theft after receiving two notices from a collection agency for more than $1,600, Buffalo police said.

The woman told police Tuesday that between 2001 and recently, a St. Louis woman used her Social Security number to open a telephone account at Southwestern Bell.

She received notices from the collection agency to pay $665.02 and $1,006.34, according to the report. The victim told police she doesn't know the St. Louis woman or how she obtained her Social Security number.

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>Boy charged with pushing officer investigating fight

A juvenile boy was charged with pushing a Buffalo police officer and attempting to hit another officer Tuesday night while they were investigating a fight.

The boy is accused of pushing Lt. Joseph Panus and then trying to strike Officer Derrick Banaszak.

The boy, who cannot be named because he is a young offender, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and attempted assault.

Northeast District police said the fight occurred in the 300 block of Newburgh Street and the incident with the boy happened in Poultney Avenue.

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>Taxi driver is robbed by 2 fares on Parkdale

A Vulcan Street man who was driving a taxi Tuesday was robbed by a fare on Parkdale Avenue, Buffalo police said.

The cabbie told police he was grabbed from behind by a man and a woman in his cab in the 400 block of Parkdale. One of the assailants held something up to the back of his neck and robbed him of an undisclosed sum of money.

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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 Tuesday after he pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and weapons charges in the fatal stabbing of a 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 the man's sexual 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 stabbing.

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>Mother trying to get son back fights police

A 22-year-old woman was charged Monday night with fighting and kicking two Buffalo police officers during a custody dispute about her 6-year-old son, police said. Officer Michael Bennett was kicked in the groin, while Officer Derrick Banaszak was kicked in the stomach.

Eugenia C. Workman, of no permanent address, was charged with criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Northeast District police said Workman went to a Newburgh Avenue residence at about 9 p.m. and demanded custody of her son, who has been living with his relatives since he was 6 months old.

Police said Workman fought with the officers and broke a radar gun that was mounted on a police cruiser, causing about $200 damage. She was forcibly subdued, handcuffed and arrested.

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>Fire at Hoover School causes brief evacuation

Pupils at the Hoover Elementary and Middle School complex in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District were evacuated briefly Tuesday after a fire in the school cafeteria kitchen.

There were no injuries, said School Superintendent Steven A. Achramovitch.

The fire, at about 11:45 a.m., started in a clothes dryer used to dry aprons and towels, Achramovitch said.

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