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Fight on Fillmore Ave. results in stabbing

One man was stabbed in the neck after being involved in a fight with another man on Fillmore Avenue late Monday and was being treated in Erie County Medical Center, according to Buffalo police reports.

The incident occurred just before 8 p.m. in the 1900 block of Fillmore Avenue. Michael Paonessa, no age or address listed, was taken to ECMC with a stab wound to his neck. His condition was not immediately available.

Police said they were searching for a bald man about 40 years old in connection with the stabbing.


Police building emptied over suspicious devices

Buffalo police ordered a "precautionary" evacuation at their Franklin Street headquarters just before 1 p.m. Monday after workers in a basement storage area discovered what police called "suspicious-looking devices."

The Erie County sheriff's bomb squad responded late Monday morning, and between 100 and 150 employees were told to leave the building, said police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

An unspecified number of devices, possibly old explosives, are being tested at a secure quarry location, DeGeorge said.

The bomb squad's definition of "suspicious" means any material that appears to be explosive, he said.

The area of the basement where the items were found is used as an evidence storage location by Erie County, primarily for firearms, police said.


Two home invaders steal from elderly woman

An elderly Hinman Avenue woman fell victim to a home invasion Monday by two masked intruders armed with a firearm, Buffalo police reported.

The 80-year-old victim told police that sometime at about 6 p.m., the two men rang her doorbell in the 300 block of Hinman. When she answered the door in her wheelchair, one of the men put a gun to her neck and demanded money, according to Buffalo police reports.

The two pushed the victim aside, entered her house and took her purse and some personal papers from inside before leaving through a back door. They fled through the yard.

The robbers were described as two 6-foot to 6-foot, 2-inch males with dark clothing. They had masks on their faces.

The victim was not physically injured.

Buffalo police ask anyone with information to contact the police confidential tip line at 847-2255.


Police say boy, 15, had heroin, cocaine

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Sunday afternoon on the city's West Side in possession of 19 bags of heroin and six bags of cocaine, Buffalo police said.

Police were called to Lakeview Avenue, between Jersey and Pennsylvania streets, at about 5:15 p.m. for the report of a suspicious person.

The boy was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and two counts of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, a misdemeanor.

Police did not release the boy's name, though they said he lives on 15th Street.


Few details available on East Side shooting

Buffalo police are investigating a shooting that happened at about 11:15 a.m. Monday on the 200 block of Northland Avenue.

A male victim was transported to Erie County Medical Center with unknown injuries, though they are not believed to be life-threatening.

Northeast District police responded to the scene, near East Delavan and Jefferson avenues, along with an ambulance from Rural/Metro Medical Services.

The victim's name and age were unavailable.

A black Mercedes was reported to be seen leaving the area immediately after the incident.


Couple pulled from water after sailboat capsizes

A Lancaster couple were pulled from the Buffalo Harbor on Monday afternoon after their homemade 24-foot sailboat capsized, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported.

Greg and Naomi Grundtisch, of Iroquois Avenue, were found clinging to their overturned sailboat at about 2:45 p.m. when Deputies Scott Piel and Dan Zlotek arrived. The deputies were on routine patrol of the waterways when they received a 911 call.

Deputies, who were assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard, believe the couple were in 64-degree water for about 15 minutes.

The boat capsized when the couple attempted to change course, police said. Inexperience may also have played a factor in the incident, according to deputies.

A salvage vessel towed the sailboat from the scene.


Three men with weapons steal wallet, watch, necklace

A South Division Street man told police he was robbed by three men with guns just before 1 a.m. Monday.

The incident occurred at about 12:45 a.m. on McCarley Walk, off McNeely Way near William and Hickory streets. Three men, armed with two semiautomatic weapons and a revolver, took a watch, necklace and wallet in the attack.

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