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Father shoots man pointing gun at son

A Buffalo man who was supposedly buying rims for his truck at a Liddell Street residence was shot about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday when he attempted to rob the seller, Buffalo police said.

Darius Spates, 23, of Northland Avenue pointed a gun at the seller, identified as Tony Winans, 21, of the Lidell address, and Winans' father, Tommy Travis, 44, of the same address, shot Spates, detectives said.

Spates, who suffered a gunshot wound to his forearm and underwent surgery, was listed in fair condition Wednesday in Erie County Medical Center. He was charged with attempted robbery, criminal use of a firearm, criminal possession of a weapon and menacing. Spates' alleged accomplice, Jamar V. Bailey, 25, of Bickford Avenue was charged with attempted robbery and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Travis has not been charged, Ferry-Fillmore District Lt. Joseph Lynch said.

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Search warrant nets arrest, drug cache

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A local man was arrested Tuesday on charges of possessing drugs with the purpose of trafficking them after Niagara Regional Police seized a quantity of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms in a Bethune Avenue house, police said.

David Mathes, 29, of Fort Erie was released from custody pending a future court date. Police executed a search warrant Tuesday and found the pre-packaged marijuana and mushrooms with a street value of about $2,200.

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Colombian deported in 2004 again arrested

A Colombian national who was deported from the United States in March 2004 was apprehended early Monday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after he allegedly attempted to illegally enter the country aboard a freight train, according to Kevin Corsaro, spokesman for the Customs and Border Protection Service.

Fabio Gomez, 40, was apprehended after imaging technology at the Black Rock railroad bridge picked up an anomaly consistent with a stowaway in an empty rail car shortly after midnight Monday, authorities said.

Customs and border patrol officers ordered the train to stop and took custody of Gomez.

Gomez was previously admitted as a visitor to the United States in February 1999 but was ordered deported for failing to leave the country in a timely matter. He then went to Canada in an apparent attempt to avoid deportation.

Gomez is being detained in the Batavia Housing Facility pending prosecution as an illegal alien, Corsaro said.

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Grand Island Bridge too low for high truck

NIAGARA FALLS -- A tractor-trailer accessing the Robert Moses Parkway on a ramp beneath the Grand Island Bridge sheared off its roof on the north Grand Island Bridge at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Esmaeil Novtash-Sangtarash, 48, of Scarborough, Ont., was charged with disobeying a traffic control device, exceeding height restrictions and a logbook violation.

"It's pretty well signed, but the driver went pretty far underneath and peeled back part of the trailer," said State Police Sgt. Larry Brauer.

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