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Man, 18, shot to death late Friday on Sussex St.

An 18-year-old man was shot to death on Sussex Street near Deerfield Avenue late Friday, Buffalo police said.

The shooting occurred shortly before 10 p.m. and the victim was declared dead at the scene. No motive for the homicide was offered.

"Police are canvassing the area looking for witnesses and have some people they will be taking down [to Police Headquarters] for further questioning," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

Further details were unavailable.

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3 face drug, gun charges after Guilford St. raid

Three men were arrested on felony drug and weapons charges late Friday after police raided a house in the 200 block of Guilford Street and found a loaded and defaced .40-caliber handgun and 5 pounds of marijuana, Buffalo police said.

John McDuffie, 23, and Lawrence Hayes, 24, both of the Guilford Street address, and Dominic Purdue, 18, of Herman Street, were each charged with two counts of criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of marijuana. Police said they also confiscated $602 cash and a police scanner.

Police said an investigation by Officer John R. Poisson led police to obtain a search warrant, and the raid was conducted just before 7 p.m. by the Buffalo Police Mobile Response Unit, SWAT unit and Lackawanna Police Officer Daniel Sawicki and a K-9 unit dog.

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Eggert Road man indicted in February home invasion

Ondray L. Pleasant was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of reduced bail of $25,000 Friday following his indictment on robbery and burglary charges for a February home invasion against a suspected city drug dealer.

Pleasant, 23, of Eggert Road, who has been in jail since Feb. 8, had his bail reduced from $100,000 after prosecutor Jamie L. Cirulli told Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman he has already given authorities "a written confession" on his role in the Feb. 4 incident at a Weaver Street man's home.

Terrance C. Brennan, Pleasant's lawyer, told the judge his client "has a rather mild criminal history."

Brennan pressed for lower bail, calling the robbery case "questionable." Cirulli told the judge Pleasant and another man who has yet to be identified "pistol-whipped" the victim during the Feb. 4 home invasion and ransacked his bedroom before stealing a rifle, some ammunition, a key ring, two cell phones and $175.

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Arrest follows theft of copper from building

Buffalo police arrested a 42-year-old man on a grand larceny charge Thursday after they said they caught him with 130 feet of stolen copper.

Zephaniah Sanford, who does not have a permanent address, was accused of taking the copper and copper risers from a Lamparelli Construction Co. building, according to a police report. He was arrested at 58-64 Orange St.

The Cheektowaga company said the copper was taken between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. A company employee identified the red and blue spray-painted copper.

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Woman faces charges after police car attack

A woman was charged with criminal mischief Thursday after police said she fought with an officer near her Fillmore Avenue home.

Luvinia Marshall, 40, kicked the driver's-side door of the patrol car, leaving a dent, after Officer I. Watkins refused to help her get her $5 back from a drug dealer, according to the police report.

Marshall told the officer, who was on patrol at East Utica Street and Fillmore, that the drug dealer had stolen the $5.

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2 East Amherst teens hurt in N. Forest crash

Two East Amherst boys suffered head injuries after their vehicle crashed into a utility pole in the 900 block of North Forest Road about 8 p.m. Thursday, Amherst police said.

Patrick Black, 16, a passenger in a vehicle driven by Adwait Athale, 16, was listed in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center, police said. Adwait was listed in stable condition in the same hospital.

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$1,200 reported stolen at Millicent Apartments

The manager for Millicent Apartments on Millicent Avenue told police about $1,200 in cash and various checks were stolen Monday or Tuesday.

The police report noted no sign of a break-in, but said the drawer to the file cabinet was damaged.

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Damage put at $10,000 after fire on Broadway

A fire caused an estimated $10,000 damage Thursday night to a vacant building at 1390 Broadway, Buffalo fire officials said Friday.

The fire, reported at 8:24 p.m., was concentrated on the first floor of the 2 1/2 -story structure.

The cause remained under investigation.

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