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Assault is charged in stabbing of woman

A Buffalo man charged with assault is accused of knocking his ex-girlfriend to the floor, kicking her then stabbing her in the chin with a steak knife about 8 p.m. Friday.

Brock Pawling, 37, was charged following the incident at a city residence where the victim also lived.

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Alleged rape probed at Chippewa Street club

Buffalo Police are investigating the possible rape of a woman in the basement of a Chippewa Street establishment early Friday morning.

The victim told police she was at an event called "Teen Night" at Area 42, 42 W. Chippewa St., but was served alcohol.

A friend of the victim's said that when she went looking for the victim in the basement of the bar, she observed a man having sex with her, as well as a second man, who also may have assaulted her and taken photos.

The eyewitness gave descriptions of the men, one of whom wore a black T-shirt with "staff" on the back, and also was able to take digital pictures of both men, police said.

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Passenger arrested on drug charges

A Buffalo man faces drug charges after police stopped a car and found crack cocaine and marijuana on him and a digital scale inside the vehicle.

Jason Evans, 21, was a front-seat passenger in the car, which was stopped on Hertel Avenue about 7 p.m. Friday. Evans had 10 bags of marijuana and crack cocaine in his pants, police said.

Police said Evans, who fought as he was being detained, had to be restrained and sprayed with pepper spray.

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No new information on pedestrian accident

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials said Saturday they had no new information into the bus-pedestrian accident Friday that left a Buffalo woman dead.

Authority spokesman C. Douglas Hartmayer said he was unaware of any developments in the investigation into the death of Suellen Sicchia, 50, of Niagara Street.

Sicchia was walking north on Main Street near the Main Place Mall at about 1 p.m. Friday, when she was struck by a Metro Bus that was westbound on Church Street. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Death follows fight after night of partying

JAMESTOWN -- A fistfight early Saturday that followed a night on the town left a Jamestown man dead and another charged with second-degree manslaughter, Jamestown police said.

The victim was identified as Ruffin VanHook Jr., 36. Todd A. Wynn, 29, is being held in Chautauqua County Jail following his arraignment in Jamestown City Court.

The fight occurred near 120 Price St. shortly after 6 a.m., Officer Bob Service said. When it was over, Wynn asked a nearby resident to call 911. VanHook was unresponsive when the ambulance crew arrived and later died at WCA Hospital, police said.

Service said Wynn told police the two had "been out partying" much of the evening and morning and got into an argument that led to the fistfight. Service wouldn't say what the argument concerned.

Results of an autopsy are expected Monday.

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Woman held in beating of elderly Falls resident

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said a woman who entered the apartment of a 77-year-old woman and refused to leave about 9 a.m. Saturday ended up assaulting her with a frozen dinner.

The victim, who also was kicked repeatedly in the head, was not seriously injured, police said. She told police she did not know her attacker, police said.

Police arriving at the apartment shortly after 9 a.m. said they discovered Michelle C. Santoro, 26, standing over the victim, still kicking her. She was pulled off and placed into handcuffs, police said.

Police said the victim was attacked after she asked Santoro to leave. Santoro got a frozen dinner from a freezer and threw it at the woman, striking her in the shoulder, police said.

Santoro also fought with Officer David Bower, police said. She was charged with felony counts of burglary and assault, and petit larceny.

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Two charged after fight at village park in Brocton

BROCTON -- Two people were issued tickets to appear in court after a fight on Park Street over the weekend.

Michael A. Gresh, 21, of Ripley, was charged with third-degree assault, and Zachary A. Potter, 17, also of Ripley, was charged with second-degree menacing, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

The two fought at the village park just before 7 p.m. Friday, officials said.

Gresh is accused of kicking a 16-year-old male in the face, damaging the teen's teeth, while Potter pulled a knife on several youths after the fight, authorities said.

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Falls woman says items were stolen from car

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman said a wallet and cameras were stolen from her car following a get-together with friends in her 22nd Street home Friday night, police said. The loss was estimated at $200.

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