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Gunman steals $1,621 from Grant Street store

A cell phone store clerk was robbed at gunpoint of $1,621 at 83 Grant St. Saturday afternoon, police said.

The owner of the Cricket store said a man put a handgun in the face of one of her clerks and fled west on Ferguson Avenue after taking the money from the cash register at about 3:20 p.m.

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Ex-area man commits suicide after conviction

Edward P. Mattar III, a Buffalo native who was convicted in a bank scheme in Boulder, Colo., committed suicide Friday in Denver by jumping out a 27th-story window.

Authorities in Denver said Mattar, 68, used a sledgehammer to break an apartment window before plunging to his death.

Mattar, the owner of BestBank, and two other bank officers had been convicted in February. Prosecutors said the three made at least $5 million in a scam that ruined the bank, through the sale of credit cards to people with bad credit histories.

Mattar faced 14 years in prison and the forfeiture of millions of dollars.

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Robber takes cash at church Subway shop

The Subway sandwich shop at True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry Street was robbed Friday evening, Buffalo police reported.

Employees told police that the robber entered the shop just after 9 p.m., walked up to the counter and demanded the money from the register.

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Sex offender accused of failing to register

A Herkimer Avenue man faces charges under the Sex Offender Registration Act after Buffalo police said he failed to report his address, according to police reports.

Robert Lawrence, 35, was charged with a felony count of failing to register as a sexual offender and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

Lawrence was convicted in April 2003 of third-degree rape.

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Man in fair condition after home invasion attack

A Herman Street man was listed in fair condition late Saturday in Erie County Medical Center after he was beaten and shot during an early morning home invasion, police said.

Jerry Williams, no age listed, told police that two men kicked in the front door of his home just before 4 a.m. Both men had revolvers. They threw him to the floor, pistol-whipped him and shot him in the upper right leg.

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Performing Arts student faces assault charges

A juvenile faces assault charges after attacking three school officials at Buffalo Academy of Visual & Performing Arts on Friday afternoon, Buffalo police said.

The juvenile struck the principal, assistant principal and a security officer during a fight with another student inside the Masten Avenue high school about 1:30 p.m.

The assistant principal suffered bruises and swelling to his upper body and shoulder area, police said.

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Buffalo gang suspected of looting Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Members of the Buffalo "Bloods" street gang are suspected of breaking into a 100th Street home and stealing more than $3,000 worth of belongings, police said Saturday.

A rear door was forced open and a coin collection and various pieces of gold and diamond jewelry were taken from the home, police said. The break-in occurred between 11 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday.

The victim's grandson told police he had a recent "beef" with three gang members and gave them his grandmother's 100th Street address when they said they wanted to fight him, not believing they would travel out to the LaSalle area.

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Robber jumps counter at store in Thorold, Ont.

THOROLD, ONT. -- Niagara Regional Police are looking for a man who robbed the Claremont Street 7-11 in Thorold, at about 2 a.m. Saturday.

Police said the man put items on the counter like he wanted to buy them, then jumped over the counter and told the clerk to open the cash register.

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Restroom fires probed at Trott Center in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Investigators are probing a series of restroom fires at the Trott ACCESS Center on 11th Street, the most recent of which caused an estimated $500 damage Friday afternoon.

Arson is suspected in each of the fires, none of which resulted in any injuries and in only minor damages.

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