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At least 17 rifle rounds found after report of shots

Buffalo police recovered at least 17 rifle rounds, possibly from an AK-47, after responding to a "shots fired" call on the city's East Side Sunday evening.

The incident happened just after 6:30 p.m. on the 300 block of Guilford Street, between Best and Genesee streets. The rounds were found in the street, and a green car was seen fleeing north on Guilford and then west on Best, according to a police report.

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Bike path blacktop damaged by vehicle

PENDLETON -- The town bike path received thousands of dollars in damage after an unknown vehicle drove onto the path, causing the blacktop to collapse, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Town officials reported the damage to deputies Thursday and said the path was damaged just south of Fiegle Road sometime during the past few days.

Town Clerk Terry J. Pienta told deputies a vehicle drove onto the path and that it would cost $2,000 to $5,000 to repair.

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Marijuana smoker gets 30 days in jail

LOCKPORT -- Danny Chapman, of Goodrich Road, Clarence, says he has been smoking marijuana for 30 years and doesn't plan to stop now -- even if it means going to jail.

That's where City Judge William J. Watson sent him Monday, sentencing Chapman, 52, to 30 days for violating his conditional discharge for attempted seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested in May in Lockport with crack cocaine in his possession.

Chapman said he's not going back to crack, but in a lengthy argument with Watson, he defended his use of marijuana and his drinking as good for those around him.

Watson said, "They like him when he's drugged up better. He's easier to get along with." But he repeatedly urged Chapman to comply with the requirement for drug counseling.

Chapman said he could obtain prescription drugs for his problems, but "nobody can guarantee they're safe."

"You think marijuana's the safer drug?" Watson asked.

"I have 30 years' experience," Chapman replied.

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Guilty plea entered in sexual abuse of girl

LOCKPORT -- A Park Avenue man, charged with sexually abusing a 5-year-old girl, pleaded guilty to a reduced felony charge Monday before acting County Judge William J. Watson.

Sentencing is set Jan. 12 for Richard P. Baldwin, 18, who admitted to attempted first-degree sexual abuse. The incident occurred between Aug. 15 and 17.

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Two in SUV collision with Metro Bus identified

Authorities have released the names of two people involved in Sunday's crash between a Metro Bus and a sport utility vehicle.

Tasha McClure, 36, was driving the SUV when it crashed into the bus at Sycamore and Monroe streets. She suffered two broken ankles, a hip injury and fractured ribs, said Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority spokesman C. Douglas Hartmeyer.

McClure and her 13-year-old daughter, Taisha Hutchins, were the most seriously injured. The girl was in the passenger seat and suffered a broken femur, a broken collarbone and head lacerations, Hartmeyer said.

Both were still being treated in Women and Children's Hospital Monday night.

The bus driver was taken to Sisters Hospital with a "contusion of the lower extremity," NFTA police Lt. Jason Porter said.

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Arson suspect, 21, faces numerous other charges

A 21-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with attempted arson for allegedly dousing the porch of a home in the Kenfield-Langfield housing development with lighter fluid Sunday night.

Terrance Austin, of Durham Avenue, also faces numerous other charges, including assault, child endangerment and harassment, stemming from an incident that occurred just before 10 p.m., city police said.

Austin was charged with third-degree assault and accused of choking a woman and hitting her in the chest. Several people, including a 3-year-old and a 14-year-old, were inside the Oakmont Avenue home, between Suffolk Street and Edison Avenue, at the time, according to a police report.

Austin was charged with seven counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, as well as second-degree attempted arson, second-degree harassment, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree criminal trespassing.

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Burglar gets $5,000 in jewelry, other loot

About $5,000 in jewelry and other items were taken from an East Side apartment over the weekend, Buffalo police report.

The theft happened between 2:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday on the 300 block of Guilford Street, between Best and Genesee streets, according to a police report.

Items taken include two gold necklaces valued at $2,500, a watch valued at $1,500, a gold bracelet worth $500, an Xbox game system, and assorted clothing and sneakers.

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