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>Teens armed with handguns hold up restaurant, patrons

Three young teenagers armed with semiautomatic handguns robbed Gigi's Restaurant, 257 E. Ferry St., about 6 p.m. Saturday and made off with more than $300, Northeast District police said.

The bandits -- their faces covered with bandannas and wearing blue hooded sweat shirts, dark sunglasses and cotton work gloves -- ordered employees and patrons of the restaurant to lie on the floor as they took money from the cash register and a couple of the patrons, Lt. John P. King said. The three fled south on Welker Avenue.

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>Drive-by shooter hits 2 standing on corner

Two men were shot early Saturday morning when someone fired at them from a car at the corner of Genesee and Hagen streets.

John Dorn, 61, of East Delavan Avenue, and Charles Johnson, 44, of Genesee Street, were taken to Erie County Medical Center after the 2:35 a.m. attack, Buffalo police said.

"Several men were standing outside on the corner, arguing, when two men pulled up in a green Pontiac Bonneville and began shooting," said police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Hospital officials listed Johnson in fair condition late Saturday. Police said Dorn's injuries were not life-threatening.

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>Grab-bag grenade draws visit from Bomb Squad

The Erie County sheriff's Bomb Squad assisted Kenmore police on Friday afternoon in the removal of a Korean War-era grenade from a home on Courier Boulevard.

Police temporarily blocked off Courier after a man reported finding the grenade in a grab bag that he had purchased at a flea market.

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>Armed intruder robs 3 in Main St. apartment

Buffalo police on Saturday were searching for a home invasion bandit who robbed three people at gunpoint after illegally entering an apartment at 3083 Main St.

The robber followed a resident into the apartment late Friday night, pulled out a revolver, and forced three people to lie on the floor while he took their money, police said. The thief escaped with about $100.

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>Fire company chief faces charge of DWI

The chief of the Jamison Road Volunteer Fire Company in Elma faces a driving-while-intoxicated charge in connection with an April 13 incident involving his fire company car.

Brian Nolan, 42, "feels terrible" about the incident and has taken a leave of absence from the volunteer organization, his attorney said.

"Fighting fires and saving lives have been his life since he joined the fire company back in high school," the defense attorney, Peter J. Todoro, said Saturday. "It means everything to him, and he feels terrible about this situation."

Erie County sheriff's deputies arrested Nolan at his Jamison Road home on the night of April 13, accusing him of sideswiping another vehicle while driving a car owned by the fire company, his attorney confirmed. Nolan, the brother of Town Supervisor Michael Nolan, intends to plead not guilty when he appears in Town Court on May 3.

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>$50,000 fire damages Minnesota Ave. home

Buffalo fire marshals were attempting to determine the cause of a fire that caused $50,000 damage Friday night to a home at 362 Minnesota Ave. The Red Cross was assisting three occupants left homeless.

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>Fire on Mohr Street leaves two

A fire at about 4 p.m. Saturday in the rear apartment of a two-story wood-frame building at 77 Mohr St. displaced two people, Buffalo fire officials said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Damage was estimated at $25,000 to the house and $10,000 to its contents.

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>House fire probed at Sheridan-Parkside

A house fire at noon Saturday in the Sheridan-Parkside neighborhood of the Town of Tonawanda appears to have started under suspicious circumstances, town police said.

Detectives late Saturday were continuing to investigate the cause of the blaze at 10 Hardy Court. Damage to the structure was put at $35,000.

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>Police seek man in theft of gutters, downspouts

Police said they were seeking a man wearing a green coat and multicolored hat following a theft shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday at a Koons Avenue home.

The man escaped with about 40 feet of gutters and some downspouts removed from a garage behind the home.

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