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>Man held in shootings denies parole violation

Varner Harris Jr. on Wednesday entered a not guilty plea to a probation violation charge linked to his alleged shooting of two Buffalo police officers five weeks ago and his role in the armed robbery of a pizza delivery man two years ago.

The plea was entered by Harris' lawyer, Paul Grodon Dell, before Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico. Further proceedings in the probation case were put off until April 25.

Harris, 19, has been jailed since the Dec. 5 shootings of Buffalo Police Officers Patricia A. Parete and Carl E. Andolina. He faces a prison term of up to four years on the probation violation charge.

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>Charges filed in beating of pregnant woman

A 33-year-old Buffalo man was charged Wednesday with beating a pregnant woman during a domestic incident inside an East Depew Avenue apartment, police said.

Carl D. Logan, of Wood Avenue, was charged with assault and harassment. The woman suffered swelling and bruises.

Northeast District police said Logan pushed her, scratched her, pulled her hair and punched her in the head and body at about 12:35 a.m. Officers Jeffrey Banes and Anthony Szymkowiak arrested Logan in the apartment.

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>Father faces drug count, endangerment charge

A South Buffalo man was charged Tuesday with being "highly intoxicated" as he cared for his 3-year-old son, whose clothing was wet and smelled of urine, police said.

Dennis P. Reiber, 34, of Trowbridge Street, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband.

Police said he was found in an upper apartment in the 1000 block of South Park Avenue in a "highly intoxicated condition" as the child walked around the apartment unsupervised at about 12:50 a.m., police said. Police said Reiber has custody of the toddler.

South District Officer Thomas Harlach arrested Reiber in the apartment. It was unclear where the child was taken. While Reiber was in Erie County Holding Center, deputies said they found two yellow pills in his pants pocket.

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>Woman pleads guilty in smuggling scheme

A Toronto woman took a felony guilty plea on Wednesday in connection with the smuggling of millions of dollars of counterfeit Toronto transit system tokens earlier this year.

Andrea Dawson, 31, pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy, Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen L. Wylegala said.

Dawson admitted that, on three occasions, she used her car to smuggle boxes of fake tokens from the United States into Canada. Buffalo FBI agents, working with Canadian authorities, recovered $1 million (Canadian) worth of the tokens last February in Niagara Falls, N.Y.

The investigation is continuing. Authorities said more than $10 million (Canadian) in fake tokens have been circulating in the Toronto area since the scam began.

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>Man forced into car, robbed and shot at

A 45-year-old Clinton Street man was forced into a car at gunpoint Monday night, shot at and robbed, police reported.

The victim was forced into a white or tan Cadillac by three men armed with handguns at about 8 p.m. at Clinton and Jefferson streets, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

The assailants drove him around and stole his identification, fur hat and gloves.

When the victim got out of the vehicle on Swan Street, police said, the gunmen fired several shots at him, all of which missed.

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>Four home invaders injure pregnant woman

Four females were being sought by Buffalo police Tuesday in connection with an early afternoon home invasion on Humason Avenue, according to police reports.

The victim told police that shortly before 1 p.m., she heard a knock at her door. When she opened the door, four women rushed into her house. One of the women, who has a child with the victim's current boyfriend, struck the victim several times with a 2-by-4.

Two of the others swung knives at her and cut her hand, she told police.

The victim was able to flee the house. The female invaders then proceeded to break two glass tables, cut the pillows on the couch and break her lamp.

The victim, who is two months' pregnant, was to seek treatment on her own in Women and Children's Hospital, police said.

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>Men chase girl, 13, into home, take keys

Police are looking for three to five men who chased a 13-year-old girl into her Minnesota Avenue home Tuesday afternoon.

The girl's mother told Northeast District Police that the men chased the girl into their home in the 500 block of Minnesota at 4:15 p.m., breaking three windows while running upstairs. As the girl was running, she dropped her house keys, which the burglars stole and ran out the door, police said.

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