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>Arrest made in attempt to rob Elmwood store

A Dearborn Street man has been charged with attempting to rob a Dollar General store on Elmwood Avenue, police said.

Jeffrey W. Williams, 28, was arrested at about 9 p.m. Tuesday at a home on Mandon Street. Officers Jeffrey Rinaldo and Thomas Sercu charged him with felony attempted robbery.

Northwest District police said the would-be robber walked into the store at 1843 Elmwood Ave. at about 7:35 p.m. Displaying a silver handgun, he told a worker to open the cash register and remove the money.

The worker couldn't open the register and did not give any money to the gunman, who fled.

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>Woman becomes victim of identity theft

A Bloomfield Avenue woman fell victim to identity theft when unknown individuals obtained her Social Security number and other personal information and opened three department store credit card accounts in her name, Buffalo police said Tuesday.

The victim said she became aware of the problem when the cards arrived at her house last week. The thief opened three Sears accounts in her name and charged $19,500 of the $20,000 credit line, according to police reports.

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>Marilla woman, 69, missing amid signs of foul play

Searchers combed the eastern part of the Town of Marilla late Wednesday for 69-year-old Nancy Phelps of Eastwood Road, who has been missing for three days.

In a news conference late Wednesday in the Marilla Volunteer Fire Company hall, Erie County Sheriff's Chief of Police Services Dennis Rankin said evidence of foul play was found in Phelps' home.

The missing woman, who lived alone, was last seen Sunday at Bible study in Millgrove Bible Church, Genesee Street, Alden. After she did not show up for work Tuesday at the UPS Store in Orchard Park, her family called police.

State troopers and volunteer firefighters joined sheriff's deputies in the search Wednesday. Additional search teams will be brought in from Rochester and Syracuse today, authorities said. Phelps is described as 5-foot-1, weighing 140 pounds, with blue eyes and gray hair. Anyone with information should call the Sheriff's Office at 667-5201.

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>Girl accused of slashing two in city school

A girl at Pfc. William J. Grabiarz School 79 was arrested Wednesday for allegedly using a knife to slash another girl and a teacher's aide who tried to break up the fight, Buffalo Police reported.

Police said the fight between the two 14-year-old girls broke out at about 10 a.m. in a hallway of the school at 225 Lawn Ave. One of the girls pulled out a knife and slashed the other on the right cheek, police said.

When a male teacher's aide went to break up the fight, the girl slashed him on his right hand, police said. Both cuts were described as superficial.

Buffalo police charged the girl with felony assault, misdemeanor assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Her name was not released because of her age.

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>Man accused of firing shot after threatening women

A twice-convicted felon was charged Tuesday night with firing a bullet into the front door of a Woodlawn Avenue home while two women and three children were inside, police said.

Michael A. Harris, 37, of Alma Avenue, also is accused of repeatedly threatening to kill the two women over the telephone for more than three hours prior to the shooting.

According to police reports, one woman is Harris' sister, while the other is his live-in girlfriend.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said Harris went to his sister's home in the 400 block of Woodlawn at about 9:55 p.m. attempting to get his girlfriend.

Police charge that Harris then used a .32-caliber pistol to shoot through the front door, smashing the glass, police said. Officers Paul Mullen and Thomas McCarthy arrested Harris on Woodlawn and recovered a pistol.

Harris was charged with criminal use of firearm, two counts of aggravated harassment, five counts of reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.

Records show that Harris has two felony convictions for assault and promoting prison contraband.

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>Two teens charged in theft of cash, car on Gates Circle

Two armed teenagers were charged early Wednesday with stealing money and a car from a man on Gates Circle.

The two are accused of approaching the man with a sawed-off shotgun just before 9 p.m. Tuesday as he got out of his 2006 Ford Focus, according to Buffalo police reports.

The two demanded money and keys to the car. The man handed over $20, and the two robbers drove off, police said.

Police spotted the car a short time later on Harvard Place. Officers Michael Martinez and Robert Yeates followed footprints in the snow leading to a residence on Oxford Avenue, where they found Henri Goree, 17, of Oxford Avenue, and a 15-year-old the suspects hiding in an attic crawl space, police said.

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