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>Man shot to death in car after leaving pizzeria

Monty Massimi, 44, was shot to death Tuesday night inside his car on Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo police said Wednesday.

Massimi, who had addresses in both Buffalo and Lockport, was shot several times in the head and upper body, just moments after he left a pizzeria/restaurant in the 300 block of Kenmore Avenue at the corner of Campbell Avenue.

He was found with one leg out of the car and the door open, Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said. Detectives are trying to determine whether Massimi was lured out to his car before the shooting, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m.

"It does not appear to be a random act," Richards said. "Neither does robbery appear to be the motive."

Police records and newspaper files show that Massimi was charged with first-degree robbery in 1989, after two employees were shot at when they chased and captured a suspect following a Niagara Street food-store robbery.

"He's no stranger to police," Richards said.

Witnesses told police they saw two dark-colored vehicles, possibly a Chevrolet Lumina and an SUV, leaving the scene on Campbell and heading toward St. Lawrence Avenue after Tuesday night's shooting.

It was the city's 12th homicide of the year.

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>Urban St. woman charged with attempted arson

An Urban Street woman is accused of pouring gasoline around her neighbor's house and trying to ignite it, police and fire officials said.

Sabrina Parks, 42, also known as Claudette Colbert, was charged with attempted arson, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief.

Fire Marshals Edwin Ortiz and Joseph Tomizzi were called to the scene after Parks was spotted pouring gas on the front porch and at the side of 63 Urban at about 5:45 p.m., authorities said.

Parks lit a piece of paper and tried to ignite the gasoline, then returned to her home a few doors away, police said, adding that a woman was inside the 1 1/2 -story, wood-frame house at the time.

Northeast District officers Joseph Doxbeck and Darren Labedz arrested the suspect.

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>Man shot twice in Woltz Ave. backyard

A Fulton Street man was shot twice at about 12:40 a.m. in a backyard in the 200 block of Woltz Avenue, police said.

Reginald Davis, whose age was unavailable, suffered a gunshot wound to his right pinky finger and the right side of his back. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released. Ferry-Fillmore District police said the victim was approached by a man armed with a revolver.

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>Woman struck in face by a hurled bottle

A 45-year-old Buffalo woman was struck in the face by a glass bottle hurled by one of eight men who attacked her at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Jersey Street and Fargo Avenue, Central District police said.

The woman was treated in Buffalo General Hospital for bruising and swelling to her left eye, police said.
Police said the victim was first confronted by two men who summoned six others. A motive for the attack was unavailable.

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>Stolen car is found, then stolen again

A car owned by a U.S. Border Patrol agent that was stolen last Friday from an Elmwood Avenue parking ramp was found at about noon Tuesday on Landon Street, police said.

However, the car was stolen again before a police tow truck could get to the scene, police added. Police said the car was stolen from a ramp at 499 Elmwood Ave. at about 4:30 p.m. Friday and then used in a robbery at a nearby HSBC Bank ranch.

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>Falls man sentenced on earlier gun charge

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man, who faces trial on charges of shooting two people and shooting at a third, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison on an earlier gun charge.
Judge Peter L. Broderick imposed the term on Timothy J. Ellison Jr., 23, of 22nd Street. He had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the wake of his May 24, 2005, arrest at a gas station at 19th Street and Ferry Avenue, where a loaded handgun was found under the seat of a car he had just exited.
He still faces charges in connection with the shooting of two people in Niagara Falls on July 1.

Ellison was on interim probation for the weapons possession charge at the time. Robert Welch, of 19th Street, was shot in the chest outside Elks Sunset Lodge on Highland Avenue on July 1, while Ellison's cousin, Monique Wilson of Crick Court, was shot in the leg while standing about 50 feet away, police said.
On Aug. 16, Ellison allegedly chased a man whom he found in his ex-girlfriend's 19th Street home and shot at him but missed.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the allegations.

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