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>Cambridge Ave. fire does $25,000 damage

A fire caused $25,000 damage Sunday night to a two-story home at 119 Cambridge Ave.

No one was injured, although it remained unclear Monday if the structure was occupied at the time of the fire, which was reported shortly after 7 p.m.

Most of the damage was concentrated on the first floor of the home. The cause is under investigation.

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>Authorities arrest man sought in homicide

A 24-year-old Buffalo man wanted in a September homicide was taken into custody Monday morning, authorities said.

Maurice Peoples was asleep in his underwear when U.S. marshals and officers with the state Violent Crime Task Force tracked him down at a house on Swinburne Avenue, said Daniel Larish, a Buffalo supervisor with the Marshals Service.

"We caught him by surprise," said Larish. He said Peoples was arrested without incident.

Peoples had been indicted by an Erie County grand jury March 1 on a second-degree murder count accusing him of shooting Mark Wells, 36, on the night of Sept. 27.

Officials said the shooting had been sparked by a quarrel outside a Corner Store on Genesee Street.

Wells' mother is an activist with the group PEACE, which holds vigils at murder scenes. Jacqueline Wells joined PEACE after another son, William, was gunned down in January 2002 on Titus Avenue.

She has invited the public to a vigil at 6 p.m. today April 10 at Genesee and Main streets to memorialize her son and to mark what would have been his 37th birthday.

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>Shots fired at home on Goodyear Avenue

Shots were fired early Monday morning into the Goodyear Avenue home of a 31-year-old woman, city police said.

The woman said someone opened fire twice on her front living room window at about 3:20 a.m.

No one was hurt in the shooting.

Police said they found two live rounds and one spent casing in the street in front of the house.

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>Two men steal $600 from store at gunpoint

A Lasalle Avenue food store was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon, Buffalo police reported.

A representative from Peters Food Mart at 684 Lasalle told police that two men entered his store at about 2 p.m. and jumped on top of a dairy freezer.

One of the robbers had a handgun and ordered him to open the lottery drawer and demanded money, police said.

Taken was $400 from the lottery drawer and $200 from the store register.

Both robbers fled north on Lasalle.

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>Home-invasion attempt fails as occupant flees

An attempted home invasion Monday afternoon on Linden Avenue ended with the occupant escaping to a neighbor's house and two would-be thieves fleeing themselves, Buffalo police reported.

Police responded to 508 Linden Ave. shortly before 5 p.m. for the report of a possible home invasion. Two men attempted to break down a rear door.

When approached by the female occupant, one of the men told her they were looking for "Mike." The other held a shotgun in the driveway.

The men took off after the women ran out the front door to a neighbor's house, police said.

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>1,240 customers lose power in Lockport crash

LOCKPORT -- Crews from New York State Electric & Gas Corp. were working Monday night to restore power to 1,240 customers after a motorist hit a utility pole on High Street near Emmett Belknap Middle School.

Members of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office were handling the incident, which happened at 5:30 p.m.

Most power had been restored by mid-evening, said Randy Edwards, a spokesman for NYSEG, although he said crews needed to do some "major work" to return power to 240 customers on High Akron and Roosevelt streets.

That work was expected to have been completed by late Monday, Edwards said.

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>Amherst police seek shoe store robber

Amherst police Monday continued to seek an armed man who robbed a shoe store over the weekend.

At about 7:45 p.m. Friday, a man pretending to want to purchase an item approached a cashier at Famous Footwear, 1561 Niagara Falls Blvd.

A clerk said the man then displayed what appeared to be a semiautomatic handgun. The man demanded money, and the clerk handed over more than $1,000 in cash from the register.

The gunman then told the clerk to walk to the back of the store while he escaped through the front door.

The clerk told police the robber was a black man about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and 165 pounds with a short goatee and stubble around the rest of his jaw. He was wearing a black skull cap, a multicolored winter coat and jeans.

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