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Drugs valued over $3,000 are stolen from pharmacy

Buffalo police on Friday said they are investigating the theft of narcotics from Seneca Pharmacy, 1979 Seneca St.

The burglar entered the business through a back door that was pried open, police said. Drugs valued at more than $3,000 were stolen, police said.

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11 police agencies plan DWI patrols after game

Eleven local police agencies plan to have extra patrols on the road following the Bills-Chargers game Sunday, in an attempt to reduce drunken driving among fans leaving the game.

"There are going to be more than 30 police officers from 11 agencies on patrol after 4 o'clock, looking specifically for DWI," said John Sullivan, director of Erie County's STOP-DWI office.

The intensified DWI enforcement began with an initiative from State Police Zone Commander Capt. Steve Nigrelli to deploy extra patrols to look for drunken drivers following Bills games, and not just around the stadium.

Participating agencies are state police at Clarence, Thruway state police, Erie County Sheriff's Office, and police from Cheektowaga, West Seneca, Orchard Park, Town of Hamburg, Evans, Lackawanna, Town of Tonawanda and Amherst.

More details about the DWI Saturation Patrols will be spelled out at a news conference this morning.

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Police officer injured during arrest of suspect

A West Avenue resident faces several charges after allegedly fighting with police late Thursday and being caught with cocaine and heroin.

Justin Luciano, 18, was charged with three counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. He ran from police on Herkimer Street about 11:20 p.m. and was chased to Barton Street, where he tried to discard a large rock of crack cocaine and five bags of heroin, police said.

While resisting arrest, police said, Officer Joseph Ruggiero suffered an injury to his right hand. Ruggiero was treated in Erie County Medical Center.

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Dunn Building break-in leads to damage, arrest

A Southlake Village man was charged with burglary and criminal mischief broke into the Dunn Building late Thursday, when he discharged a fire extinguisher and vandalized a law office, Buffalo police said.

Ian Olsen, 22, who was apprehended at Cathedral Park by Central District officers about 11:30 p.m., was covered in a white powder from the extinguisher, police said. The motive for breaking into the building at 110 Pearl St. was unclear, police added.

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4 arrested in stabbing of North Tonawanda man

A North Tonawanda man was stabbed in the chest during a gang assault at Delaware Avenue and West Chippewa Street about 11 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Four people were arrested: Patrick R. Mameli, 23, of Naples, Fla.; and Anthony L. Hook, 23; Joseph P. Markel, 19; and Michael J. Rozanski, 23, all of Niagara Falls. All were charged with felony gang assault. The 22-year-old victim suffered a one-inch cut beneath his left arm, near his rib cage.

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Loud music complaint leads to weapons charge

A 17-year-old Newburgh Street resident armed with a .25-caliber handgun was charged with felony weapons possession after police investigated a complaint of loud music, Buffalo police said.

Police said they observed Keith A. Mixon place the handgun inside the glove box of a car on Newburgh about 2:15 a.m., and also found two containers of marijuana. Mixon also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration.

Kevon V. Walker, 18, of Blake Street, who was with Mixon, also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration, police said.

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Suspicious fire damages building on Elmwood Strip

A suspicious basement fire in one of the Elmwood Strip's key commercial buildings left $22,000 damage shortly before midnight, but firefighters managed to confine the fire to the basement.

Firefighters responded to an 11:41 p.m. alarm at 765 Elmwood Ave., which houses Blockbuster Video, Brodo Restaurant and Spot Coffee. Fire officials said the fire started below Blockbuster. While fire damage was confined to the basement below Blockbusters, the blaze also left smoke damage to the other businesses there.

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