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>Student, 16, charged with punching teacher

A 16-year-old Buffalo youth has been charged with punching Riverside Institute of Technology teacher several times in the forehead, police said.

The youth, who cannot be named because he is a juvenile, faces a second-degree assault charge. It was unclear if the teacher was injured.

Police said the assault happened at about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday inside the high school, located at 51 Ontario St.

The case was investigated by Officers Barbara Miller-Williams, a school resource officer, and Ken Barney, assigned to the Northwest District.


>Fire on Box Avenue forces seven people from house

Two adults and five children fled a fire early Thursday morning in the city's Ferry-Fillmore area, Buffalo fire officials reported.

Firefighters responding to a 2:45 a.m. alarm at 63 Box Ave. battled a first-floor bedroom fire that had extended to the second floor of the 2 1/2 -story frame house.

The blaze left an estimated $30,000 damage to the home. The cause remains under investigation.


>Lockport man's car looted on Oak Street

A Lockport man attending a Halloween party on Oak Street with friends Wednesday night returned to his car to discover that a thief had broken into it, Buffalo police said.

The car, which was parked in the 300 block of Oak Street, was targeted sometime between 10:30 and 11 p.m., Central District police reported.

The thief broke the rear passenger window and stole loose change, about 200 CDs and ammunition used for an AK-47 or SKS assault rifle.


>Two rob deliveryman of $140 at gunpoint

A deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night while he was dropping off food on Theodore Street, police said.

The deliveryman, who works for Master Pizza on Bailey Avenue, was in the 100 block of Theodore at about 9:40 p.m., according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

Two men approached him, one of them pointed a shotgun at him, and the two stole $140, a gold ring, gold chain with a cross, gold bracelet and two steak subs.


>Fight with frying pans leads to two arrests

LOCKPORT -- Lockport police arrested a Buffalo man and a Lockport woman after a fight Thursday in the woman's home, where both allegedly hit each other with frying pans and broke windows.

Clarice L. Goldsmith, 35, of Caledonia Street, and Victor F. Henry, 52, of Main Street, were charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child, just before 8 a.m. Goldsmith also was charged with criminal contempt.

Henry, whom police found with a bloody hand and lip, said Goldsmith hit him in the face with a frying pan. After he put their children in his car, she followed him and hit the car with the frying pan, striking a rear window and shattering glass all over their son.

Goldsmith said Henry started a fight inside the house, punched out a window after she asked him to leave, then came back in to get the frying pan and tried to hit her. She said she grabbed the pan and started hitting the car to break the window. She said he threw two bricks through her front window when she went back inside.


>Request to use cell phone results in attack on man

A Buffalo man was beaten into unconsciousness during a robbery Wednesday night at Niagara and Connecticut streets on the city's West Side, police reported.

The victim told Central District police that a man approached him at about 9 p.m. and asked to use his phone. He handed over his phone, but the man attacked him, and then two other men jumped into the fray. and The assailants stole his cell phone, passport, $48 and his identification.
Fire in vacant house
leaves $20,000 damage
A fire broke out Thursday afternoon in a vacant 2 1/2 -story home at 147 Gray St. and caused $20,000 damage. The fire started just before 2 p.m. on the second floor and extended into the attic. The cause remains under investigation.

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