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>Woman, told bank money was fake, gives it to con man

A scam artist found a way to bilk money out of a Buffalo woman over the weekend.

The woman told police that she received an anonymous call Saturday that the money she has from the bank has "fake serial numbers on them," according to police reports.

Then, a man -- flashing a gold badge -- showed up at her door to get the money. The woman turned cash over to him, including two $100 bills.

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>Damage in business fire estimated at $300,000

A fire late Saturday caused an estimated $300,000 damage to a business in Buffalo's Riverside section.

The blaze broke out at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday at 134 Skillen St., between Ontario Street and Military Road. The name of the business was not immediately available.

One firefighter suffered a back injury. The cause is under investigation.

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>Man with DWI history charged once again

WHEATFIELD -- A man with a lengthy history of drunken driving convictions was arrested again Saturday night, apparently as he drove home from a liquor store.

Keith D. Drake, 44, was stopped near his Ferchen Street home just after 9 p.m. by Niagara County sheriff's deputies, who said they found a bottle of alcohol in his car with a sales receipt dated only moments before.

Checking Drake's driving record, deputies found three convictions for driving while intoxicated and two for driving while impaired, all within the past eight years. He was charged with felony counts of DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation.

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>Man, 47, is accused of raping girl, 15

Christopher V. Gregory, 47, of Potomac Avenue, has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. Gregory, who was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, was charged with third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police began their investigation with allegations that Gregory had been communicating with the girl in an inappropriate manner over the Internet. He's accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with the girl for the past three months.

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>Collision between SUV, Metro bus injures 12

A dozen people were injured Sunday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle and a Metro bus collided at Sycamore and Monroe streets. The injuries, however, do not appear to be life-threatening, authorities said.

A mother and daughter in the SUV had to be extricated by Buffalo firefighters, authorities said. The mother was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Her 13-year-old daughter -- who appeared to be the most seriously injured -- was taken to Women and Children's Hospital.

The bus driver was taken to Sisters Hospital with a contusion and nine passengers were taken to area hospitals with a variety of minor injuries. Police did not release their names.

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>Police say man punched woman, threw baby to floor

A Buffalo man was charged with assaulting a woman and throwing her baby to the floor Sunday afternoon.

Police accused King Brown, 23, of Jefferson Avenue, of punching the woman at about 4:15 p.m. at a Jefferson Avenue address, and taking a 13-month-old baby from her arms and throwing it to the floor, causing a contusion to the baby's forehead. The woman and the baby were taken to Women and Children's Hospital.

Brown was charged with second-degree assault and causing injury to a child younger than 7, third-degree assault, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment.

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