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Adjoining apartments struck by gunfire

Two apartments were riddled with bullets Monday morning at the Langfield Homes, police said. No one was injured.

Northeast District police said a shooter sprayed multiple rounds into two adjoining apartments on Langfield Drive at about 12:15 a.m.

The bullets struck a living room wall and the leg of a table in the dining room inside one apartment.

In the adjoining apartment, bullets hit the double-pane windows in the living room, which shattered the window and damaged the blinds, curtains and walls. The home also had two bullet holes in the other window. An investigation continued later Monday.

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No plea deals reached on gang rape charges

LOCKPORT -- Plea deals for three teenagers charged with raping a 15-year-old disabled classmate a year ago were not reached during a hearing Monday in Niagara County Court.

A final plea bargain hearing will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, and if it also fails, a pretrial hearing will immediately follow, said Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner.

A jury trial has been set for May 7.

Nicholas M. Smith and Dontre R. Woods, both 17, of Lockport, and Dartain M. Ubiles, 16, of Niagara Falls, are accused of gang-raping the girl last May at the home of one of the boys.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza denied the three defendants separate trials.

A fourth defendant, Antonio J. Sheppard, 17, of Lockport, admitted to a misdemeanor for allegedly recording the incident on his cellular camera phone.

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Arson suspected in cottage fire

A fire Sunday night caused an estimated $5,000 damage to a two-story rear cottage at 494 Busti Ave. on the city's West Side.

The fire, reported shortly after 10 p.m., was believed to be an arson.

Firefighter John Broderick suffered a minor neck injury battling the fire but stayed on duty after a brief hospital visit, fire officials said.

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Armed robber gets $200 from convenience store

A man armed with a pistol and wearing latex gloves hopped the counter at a Black Rock convenience store and stole about $200 Sunday night, police reported.

Northwest District police said the robber entered Fast Stop Market, 326 Military Road, at Hertel Avenue, at about 9:50 p.m.

The man jumped over the counter and emptied the cash register. When he was confronted by employees, police said, the man showed a pistol tucked in the waistband of his pants and ordered the employees to open another cash register.

The robber then fled the store, running on Hertel toward Niagara Street.

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Two Buffalo homes stripped of copper pipe

Two Buffalo homes were stripped of their copper pipe during separate break-ins reported over the weekend.

A woman told Northeast District police on Sunday that a burglar entered her house in the 1000 block of Kensington Avenue sometime between Wednesday and Sunday. The burglar removed the copper piping and broke the water pipe. The theft was estimated at $1,200 and damage was another $1,700.

In another incident, a 35-year-old woman was inside her house in the 300 block of 14th Street about 9 a.m. Sunday when she heard noises and saw two men removing the copper piping from the basement, causing water to flood the home, police said.

Officers said one of the men tried to flee on the victim's bicycle but he left it on the front lawn. Just before the second man fled, he reportedly told the woman, "We were sent here, but we didn't know this was your house."

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