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Amherst police arrest teen in home break-in

A Lackawanna teen arrested Wednesday is accused of the burglary of a Capen Boulevard home early in the day, Amherst police said.

Anthony Gilmore, 18, had property stolen from a home in the 100 block when he was arrested, police said. He was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Police initially responded to the report of a burglary in progress at the residence at about 7:15 a.m. Officers Jeffrey Gilbert and David Wik discovered a broken window and an apparent forced entry into the home and said they confronted Gilmore as he attempted to leave through a rear door.

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Money bag with $1,000 grabbed at ATM machine

A bandit grabbed a bag containing $1,000 in cash from another man depositing it at an ATM machine at about noon Wednesday in a store in the 500 block of Fargo Avenue, Buffalo police said.

A Grant Street man told police the bag contained $1,000 in $20 bills. The thief was described only as a dark-skinned male, about 25 years old, with braids and a multicolored coat, police said.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Northwest District detectives at 851-4413.

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Fire damages house on Walden Avenue

A fire in an occupied home at 268 Walden Ave. just after 3:30 p.m. Wednesday caused significant damage, Buffalo fire officials said. The cause of the fire in the two-story home and a damage estimate were unavailable.

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Woman, 87, still missing a week after house fire

An elderly West Falls woman remains missing as authorities continue to search for clues as to her whereabouts after a raging fire destroyed her Irish Road home last week, state police said.

Anyone with information about Geraldine B. Jackson, 87, is encouraged to contact the State Police at 941-9300. The blaze ripped through Jackson's home at 7491 Irish Road at about 7:10 p.m. last Thursday, troopers said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Troopers, who described the fire as "very intense," said no remains were found at the fire scene.

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Four teens charged in beating of youth

A 16-year-old Minnesota Avenue youth was being treated in Buffalo General Hospital for head trauma and possible internal injuries after he was attacked at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday by as many as 10 people, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials said.

Four teenagers have been charged in the attack: Matthew M. Tucker Jr., 16, of Sears Street, and Eric J. Cobb, 18, of Lemon Street were each charged with felony gang assault, theft of services and criminal trespass. Two juveniles also face undisclosed charges.

Terrance Martinelli was punched and kicked in the head and body at the Allen Metro Rail Station, authorities said. His condition was not available Wednesday.

NFTA Officers John Yuhnke, David Capretto and Charles Loubert tracked down and apprehended the four suspects, officials said. Tucker and Cobb were taken to the Erie County Holding Center, and the juveniles were being detained in the East Ferry Juvenile Detention Center.

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Man accused of firing shots into house

An Oakmont Avenue man was arrested Wednesday on charges he fired a shot into a Sumner Place home last week, Buffalo police said.

Lavon M. Walker, 25, was charged with felony reckless endangerment and weapons possession.

Walker is accused of firing a handgun at a home in the 100 block of Sumner just before 7:30 p.m. last Thursday.

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Victim of shooting arrested on warrants

The victim of a shooting on Moselle Street late Tuesday was arrested on two bench warrants after he was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released, Buffalo police reported.

Marcus Cheatham, 35, was arrested on warrants charging criminal possession of a controlled substance and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Cheatham was sitting in a vehicle in the 600 block of Moselle Street earlier Tuesday when a black Chevrolet Tahoe with dark tinted windows pulled up next to his vehicle and began firing multiple gunshots. Cheatham was treated for minor injuries in ECMC and later arrested.

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Theft of Nativity statue includes building damage

WELLAND, Ont. -- The Christmas Day theft of a baby Jesus from the Nativity scene at a Welland church has authorities searching for suspects in the wake of similar thefts in St. Catharines, Niagara Regional Police said.

Burglars broke into the Holy Ghost Parish Center on Golden Boulevard in Welland on Monday and stole the baby Jesus figure from the Nativity scene. The burglars also caused extensive damage by flooding a bathroom and kitchen area at the building, police believe.

Police suspect the theft may be the result of a prank.

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