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Arson ruled cause of Elmwood Ave. fire

City fire marshals have determined that a fire that damaged a business housing several popular Elmwood Avenue businesses was an arson.

The fire, which left $22,000 damage, occurred late Thursday night in the basement of 765 Elmwood. Spot Coffee, Blockbuster Video and Brodo restaurant are located in the building.

A K-9 dog that specializes in detecting fire accelerants helped authorities to determine that the fire was intentionally set, Lt. Sal Colangelo of the Fire Marshals office said Saturday.


Two teens with guns rob couple in car

Two teenagers dragged a Buffalo man and woman out of their car and robbed them at gunpoint Friday night, police said.

The woman told authorities she was in a car with a man at Lark Street and Northland Avenue at 10:30 p.m. when two teens wearing scarves dragged her and her male companion out of the car.

The teens, armed with handguns, demanded the couple's money and jewelry, police said.

The woman, who said the teens took gold earrings and rings valued at $700, believes the teens fired at her as she ran away. She was not injured, police said.


Officers chase, arrest man after report of shots fired

Central District police arrested a man on weapons charges early Saturday while responding to a call about shots being fired near the corner of Jefferson Avenue and East North Street.

As the officers arrived at the scene where shots had been fired at about 2:40 a.m., they saw a man running away with a gun in his hand. The man threw the gun under a car near East North and Peach Street.

The officers chased the man and took him into custody. They also recovered a loaded gun.

Arthur Everett, 23, of Peach Street, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a gun, first-degree reckless endangerment and obstructing governmental administration.


Shots fired into the air by man on Peace Street

Ferry-Fillmore District police responded to a call about shots fired on Peace Street shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday.

Authorities learned that a suspect described as a short, light-skinned black man of medium build and wearing a black hoodie fired several shots in the air before running away. Officers recovered five .40-caliber casings on the sidewalk.


2 men on bicycles rob man of his

A gunman and an accomplice robbed a man of his bicycle about 8 p.m. Friday at Auburn Avenue and Baynes Street, police said.

The robber, who displayed a handgun tucked into his waistband, was described as about 20 years old, black, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, thin build and wearing a black hoodie with red writing, black pants and black shoes and riding a blue bike.

"Drop your bike," the robber said.

A second man, described as a heavier-set black male and wearing a black hoodie and riding a red bike, assisted the robber, police said.

The robbers took the victim's red Mongoose mountain bike, which has two broken pedals, and was estimated to be worth $300. The theft occurred at about 8 p.m.


Brant driver charged with aggravated DWI

A Brant man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and other charges early Saturday, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

At about 4:15 a.m., police were called to the TNT Lounge on Main Street in Collins where a motorist doing burnouts in the parking lot struck the side of the building. The vehicle was spotted a short time later in a church parking lot on Route 438 in Brant.

Deputies Warren Hawthorn and James Kelley chased the suspect on foot and took him into custody.

Darren L. Warrior, 22, of Warrior Road, registered a blood-alcohol reading of .22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, authorities said. Deputies also said Warrior's license was suspended and he was wanted on two outstanding warrants.

Warrior was charged with aggravated DWI, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, felony criminal mischief, aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of an accident and several other vehicle and traffic charges.

He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, pending arraignment in Brant Town Court.


Man charged in attack on pregnant woman

A Main Street man was charged Saturday with assaulting a woman who is 8 1/2 months pregnant earlier in the week.

Osborne Giles, 27, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault, and second-degree harassment. Police said Giles threw the woman to the ground, put his hand over her mouth and lay on top of her.

The victim, who suffered minor scratches to her nose and had some abdominal pain, was was treated in Buffalo General Hospital.

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