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Man shot several times in drive-by attack

An man was shot several times in the lower body Wednesday evening in an apparent drive-by shooting on Ashley Street, according to Buffalo police.

Todd Pointer, 21, was walking east on Ashley at about 8:20 p.m., when five shots were fired from a westbound, copper-colored car.

Pointer, who lives on Ashley, was apparently struck four times -- once in the buttocks and the right leg and twice in the upper leg. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center. His condition was not available late Wednesday.

Police were searching for suspects late Wednesday.

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48,000 Ecstasy pills found in truck at Peace Bridge

More than 48,000 tablets of the illegal drug known as Ecstasy were found in a truck that carried a shipment of blueberries over the Peace Bridge, federal agents reported Wednesday.

Leon Johnson, 41, a truck driver from Brampton, Ont., faces felony smuggling charges in federal court in connection with the incident, which occurred at the bridge Friday.

U.S. Customs & Border Protection officers estimated the street sale value of the tablets at $1 million.

Agents said the tablets were found in 10 sealed plastic bags hidden in the roof of the sleeper cab of Johnson's truck.

Officers at the bridge referred the vehicle for a secondary inspection after a gamma ray search device located an unusual shape in the roof of the sleeper cab.

Johnson, who told authorities the blueberries were being shipped from Canada to a destination in Florida, is being prosecuted by the U.S. attorney's office. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents are also working on the case.

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Niagara Street building looted of copper pipe

An estimated $4,000 in copper piping was stolen from a building in the 800 block of Niagara Street, according to Central District police.

Roberto Becerril told police Tuesday that the thief or thieves entered his building at some point over the last week by forcing open two doors and breaking a lock.

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Argument between drivers erupts in stabbing of one

A traffic argument apparently turned violent early Wednesday morning, when a man was stabbed in the leg by another driver in North Buffalo, city police said.

The attack happened at about 4:15 a.m., on St. Lawrence Avenue near Colvin Avenue, after the assailant blocked traffic with his vehicle, the victim told police.

The victim got out of his vehicle, apparently asked the other driver to move his vehicle, police said, and was stabbed.

The man who was stabbed was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where police say he is listed in stable condition. Police are looking for a man who was driving a dark-colored taxi caravan.

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