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>Super Flea merchant faces counterfeiting charge

Cheektowaga police have arrested another suspect in connection with counterfeit merchandise at the Super Flea on Walden Avenue.

Michael J. Michalski, 51, of Bird Avenue, was charged with second-degree trademark counterfeiting and released on an appearance ticket.

A private investigator who works for several licensed merchandisers contacted police after spotting suspected counterfeit clothing at a stand at the Super Flea. More than $9,700 worth of illegal merchandise was confiscated, including several Buffalo Sabres items, police said.

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>Man accused of entering McKinley Mall vehicles

A Woodlawn Avenue man was arrested by Hamburg police a short time after he was seen entering vehicles at the McKinley Mall parking lot Wednesday, Hamburg police said.

Marion J. Whitfield, no age listed, was charged with grand larceny, criminal mischief and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Whitfield was tracked down by Hamburg Police Officers Vincent Pupo, Josh Eagan and Nick Ugale after mall shoppers reported someone entering vehicles.

Whitfield, police said, attempted to escape in a Cadillac Seville that was stolen in Buffalo on Monday. A citizen followed Whitfield until police were able to stop him on Southwestern Boulevard near South Park Avenue.

Police said Whitfield had an accomplice who was not found despite a search by land and air. Police said the accomplice, known on the street as "Liller," may have been carrying a handgun.

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>Vacant house engulfed in flames; will be razed

Buffalo firefighters responding to a fire in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area found a vacant house fully engulfed in flames just before midnight Tuesday. Fire investigators are attempting to determine if an arsonist is responsible for the fire, which destroyed the home at 227 Townsend St.

After firefighters responded to an 11:56 p.m. alarm, fire officials called for extra companies because of a problem in getting enough water from area fire hydrants.

City officials called for emergency demolition of the 2 1/2 -story frame house at 227 Townsend, where the damage estimate was $30,000. The fire also left $5,000 exposure damage at 229 Townsend.

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>Apparent robbery try results in shooting

A Humboldt Parkway man was shot inside his home Wednesday morning during an apparent attempted robbery, police said.

Ansara R. Walker, 46, was struck by a bullet that grazed his right shoulder and struck him in the back of his neck, police said. He was treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center and released.

Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Walker was shot at about 1:25 a.m. in the 300 block of Humboldt.

"It appears he was leaving his house when the [gunman] approached him, shot him and fled on foot," DeGeorge said .

During the confrontation, the gunman pointed a handgun at Walker, chased him into his apartment, ordered him to hand over his items and then fired two shots at Walker inside his home, according to Northeast District officers.

The officers said the gunman left empty-handed. Police believe Walker is acquainted with the gunman.

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