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Bottle used in assault in woman's driveway

A Lisbon Avenue woman was beaten with a glass bottle Sunday morning in her driveway, police reported.

The woman was treated in Sisters Hospital for cuts to her head, left hand, right foot and nose, and pain and swelling to her left leg and left elbow.

Northeast District police said the attack happened at about 4:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Lisbon. The assailant, who drove away in a maroon Nissan Pathfinder SUV, was accompanied by a woman who did not participate in the assault, police noted.

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Police hunt suspects in 2 holdups, 1 attempt

Police are looking for suspects in two robberies and an attempted robbery over the weekend.

The attempt occurred at about 12:35 a.m. Sunday when a white man with short bleached-blond hair and a piercing over his left eye confronted a Buffalo man sitting in his vehicle at Tonawanda Street and Riverside Avenue, according to Northwest District police.

The would-be robber displayed a gun and said, "Give it to me," but the driver hit the gun with his left hand, backed up his vehicle and sped away. Police said the car's passenger side door was damaged.

In another incident, a man walking in the 300 block of Hewitt Avenue at about 4 p.m. Saturday was confronted by a black man with hazel eyes who grabbed his collar and threatened to shoot him if he didn't give him cash. No weapon was displayed, but the robber took $227 and fled.

Earlier Saturday, a man pointed a handgun at the chest of a West Northrup Place man on a bike path near his home, police reported.

The gunman said, "Give me your wallet." The victim complied. The wallet contained credit cards, a $25 gift card and $5 cash. The victim told police he did not report the robbery until Sunday because he was intoxicated at the time.

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Man is hospitalized after attack at tavern

A Buffalo man was hospitalized with a fractured nose and a fractured cheekbone after he was attacked by five men in a Clinton Street tavern, police reported.

Christian Reber, 21, also was treated in Mercy Hospital for knots on the top of his head, two black eyes, and pain and swelling to his entire body.

South District police said the gang assault happened in Dad's Cafe, 1895 Clinton St., at about 2 a.m. Thursday, but the incident was not reported to police until Saturday.

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Suspect identified in rape of girl, 15

A 15-year-old Buffalo girl was raped by a man early Saturday in a Woodlawn Avenue home, police reported.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said the girl, who was attacked at about 3 a.m., was taken to Women and Children's Hospital for treatment. Police said they had identified a possible suspect, but had made no arrest.

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Pedestrian shot in back is in critical condition

A West Side man was listed in critical condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center's trauma intensive care unit after he was shot once in the back Saturday night at Breckenridge and Grant streets.

Northwest District police said Deandre Gates, 28, of Herkimer Street, was walking east on Breckenridge just before 10 p.m. when an assailant came up behind him and shot him.

A Rural/Metro ambulance transported Gates to the hospital. Northwest District detectives are continuing their investigation.

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Theft of cigarettes may be linked to others

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Police say that the theft of cigarettes Friday afternoon from the Noco station on South Transit Road may be related to a pair of earlier thefts from other stores in the chain.

Eighteen cartons of cigarettes were stolen from a rear storage room of the station shortly before 1 p.m. Friday, possibly while a customer distracted a clerk, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Loss was set at $1,268.

A similar theft took place late Thursday at a Noco shop on Williams Road, Wheatfield, where 16 cartons of cigarettes were taken. Another was reported at the Noco on Sheridan Drive in the Town of Tonawanda.

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