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>Man shot 'multiple times' near Bailey and Doat

One man was rushed to Erie County Medical Center late Monday after he apparently was shot near Bailey Avenue and Doat Street and got to the Engine 31 firehouse at that corner for help, authorities reported.

The shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. The victim was reported to have been shot "multiple times."

Details remained sketchy at press time.

Evidence and photography crews were responding to the scene.

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>Police officer treated for injuries in crash

A Buffalo police officer injured Sunday when her patrol car struck a house as she was responding to a call was released late Monday from Erie County Medical Center following surgery, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman.

Debra Perry, 39, a 10-year veteran of the Buffalo police, suffered a broken ankle and multiple contusions in the crash with a Suffolk Street porch. She was responding as a backup car for a nearby domestic fight.

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>Help sought in solving five East Side robberies

Two suspects are being sought in a rash of robberies on the city's East Side last month, Buffalo police reported.

Police said they are seeking the public's help to solve the cases of at least five store robberies between May 10 and May 28, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman.

Authorities said there were similarities in all five robberies. Two males entered stores with their faces covered with bandannas. One of the men pointed a gun at the clerk while the other jumped behind the counter and emptied the cash register, police said.

The two robbers then fled on foot.

The robberies police believe are linked occurred May 10 at 118 E. Ferry St.; May 11 at 1356 Kensington Ave.; May 22 at 389 Grider St.; and May 28 at both 72 E. Amherst St. and 553 E. Amherst.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Northeast District detectives at 851-4416 or the Police Department's confidential tipline at 847-2255.

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>25 medical books stolen from library at ECMC

Buffalo police are investigating the theft of 25 books from the library at Erie County Medical Center.

The medical books, valued at about $2,700, include a copy of Gray's Anatomy, the classic work on human anatomy that medical students and other medical professionals study, said Michael J. DeGeorge, police spokesman.

The books were taken on May 30 and 31 and June 1, and four suspects were caught on videotape, hospital officials said.

The suspects include a white female with brown hair with bangs, a white male with a brush cut and a second white male with short brown hair. All are about 20 years old, police said.

The books covered a variety of medical topics, said Joseph Cirillo, hospital spokesman.

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>Injured insurance aide awarded $2.75 million

Anita Scofield -- permanently injured when a car driven by a 16-year-old but owned by an insurance company slammed into her vehicle -- accepted a $2.75 million insurance settlement Monday.

Her attorney, Jeffrey A. Perla, said she accepted the cash offer from Erie Insurance Exchange, also known as Erie Indemnity, of Erie, Pa.

The company owned the vehicle that Karen Corral of Hamburg, one of its Western New York adjusters, had loaned to her son on May 14, 2004.

Scofield, now 45, of Orchard Park, herself an insurance company employee, was driving north on Chestnut Ridge Road near Powers Road about 5 p.m. that day when Nathan Corral -- who was driving in the same direction -- swerved left into the Scofield vehicle, Perla said.

Scofield was left with permanent neck and back injuries. The injuries ended her career, will force her to use pain medication for the rest of her life and may require additional surgery, her attorney said.

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>Skydiver, 50, injured as he crashes into pond

WAINFLEET, Ont. -- A Port Colborne, Ont., skydiver was being treated Monday in Hamilton General Hospital after crashing into a pond Sunday, according to reports.

The 50-year-old victim was conducting a practice jump when he apparently made a mistake in a maneuver that he was unable to compensate for and crash-landed in a pond outside of Skydive Burnaby in Wainfleet.

Authorities said he suffered a collapsed lung and broken ribs.

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