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Man found fatally shot is 71st homicide victim

A Black Rock man was found shot to death Friday night in his car, which was parked in a lot on Monroe Street in the Broadway-Jefferson Avenue area, police said.

The victim was identified Saturday as Lamar Williams, 27, of Peter Street. He is the 71st homicide victim in the City of Buffalo this year.

Police responding to a call about a man slumped inside a car at 11:05 p.m. discovered the body.

"He was shot multiple times," Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said.

Investigators, who believe Williams had just completed working an afternoon shift for a local delivery company when he was shot, were trying to trace his movements after leaving work.

It was not known why Williams was parked where he was found.

Williams had a minor City Court conviction for driving without a license but no other criminal record.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Homicide Squad at 851-4466 or the Buffalo Police confidential tip line at 847-2255.

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Gunman robs man in University Heights

A University Heights man told police he was robbed at gunpoint about 12:15 a.m. Saturday near his home.

The victim told authorities that, near Minnesota and Cordova avenues, a man wearing a gray hoodie sweat shirt pointed a gun at him and forced him to hand over his wallet. The gunman took $600 in cash, a credit card, a debit card and his driver's license.

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Shooting victim is treated at ECMC

An East Side man told police he was shot in the arm Friday night near Dodge Street and Roehrer Avenue.

The victim, whose age was not available, said his assailant, another man who was wearing a hoodie, approached him from behind and fired two shots at him, one striking him in the left arm.

The victim's cousin drove him to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released, police said.

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Drug raid arrests 6 in cocaine trafficking

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- Niagara Regional Police arrested six Fort Erie residents on charges of trafficking in cocaine Saturday following a two-week investigation.

During raids on four locations in Fort Erie, police found thousands of dollars worth of cocaine and oxycodone, plus $17,000 (Canadian) in cash.

Arrested Saturday were Scott Coutts, 38; Gilles LaRocque, 37; Bobby Wolbert, 20; Valerie Hill, 24; Tara Thomson, 41; and Michael Stapleton, 27. All six were charged with trafficking in a controlled substance. All but Stapleton were also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

Coutts also faced charges for possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000 and a prohibited weapon.

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After chase, driver, 16, faces multiple charges

A Herman Street teenager is facing a number of charges after he ran a red light early Thursday and then nearly ran over a police officer while leading police on a chase through the East Side in a stolen car, Buffalo police reported.

Nicholas Miller-Calhoun, 16, is accused of going through a red light on Fillmore Avenue near Broadway at about 3:20 a.m. and then refusing to stop for pursuing Ferry-Fillmore District Officer Mark Padilla at Gibson Street and Broadway.

Police said Miller-Calhoun then nearly struck Officer Joseph Serwon's patrol vehicle before jumping a curb on Playter Street and driving on the sidewalk. He nearly struck Officer Thomas Whelan's patrol car at Memorial Drive and Sears Street before driving over the curb and median and continuing to refuse to stop for officers.

Miller-Calhoun allegedly then nearly struck Whelan several times with his car before police forced him to stop at a dead end on Curtiss Street.

Miller-Calhoun was charged with felony reckless endangerment, criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle and three counts of petit larceny.

A youth riding in the car, Robert P. Snead, 17, of Humboldt Parkway also was charged with all of the crimes except felony reckless endangerment.

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Seven guns stolen in home burglary

A Riverside Avenue home was burglarized and seven guns were stolen, the owner told Buffalo police this week.

The burglary, in the 200 block, was discovered by the owner's son. There was no sign of forced entry, and the owner's dogs were home at the time of the apparent break-in, according to police reports.

Seven long guns, valued at about $2,000, were taken, police said.

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