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>Electronic devices, $500 in cash stolen from home

Various electronic devices were taken from a home near William Street and Jefferson Avenue overnight Monday, according to a Buffalo police report.

The victim told police his apartment on McCarley Walk was burglarized between 10 p.m. Monday and 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, the report said. A 37-inch flat-screen television, a digital camera, a camcorder, a PlayStation II, two Xbox systems and $500 in cash were taken.

The thief also ransacked the home and took some personal papers, the report said.

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>Not-guilty plea made in animal-fighting case

Thomas Cox was allowed to remain free on his own recognizance after he pleaded not guilty Tuesday to animal fighting and animal cruelty charges before acting Erie County Judge Thomas P. Amodeo for alleged animal fighting at his A Street home last summer.

Cox, 41, declined to comment following his arraignment on the indictment. District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Cox was charged with staging illegal animal fights at his home at 25 A St. last Aug. 24.
The SPCA seized five dogs from the home.

Sedita said several of those dogs had to be put down due to the severity of injuries they suffered or due to their aggressive behavior toward SPCA and city shelter workers.

If convicted, Cox faces a prison term of up to four years.

Amodeo scheduled further proceedings in the case for April 21.

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>Liquor, $200 in cash taken in break-in at tavern

An East Side bar was hit by burglars overnight Monday, according to a Buffalo police report.

Thieves took eight bottles of liquor and $200 in cash from Laurel and Hardy's on Broadway and Miller Avenue. A representative of the bar told police an employee did not lock the front door when the bar closed early Tuesday, the report said.

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>Broadway bar penalized for smoking infraction

A Broadway bar was ordered closed for 10 days and the owner was fined $500 for repeat violations of state law prohibiting smoking indoors in public places, the Erie County Department of Health announced Tuesday.

Carol Osuch-Dipiro, the owner of Papa Joes' Annex at 1614 Broadway, was charged with violating the law by failing to prohibit smoking for the third time since 2007. The penalty was imposed by Dr. Anthony J. Billittier IV, Erie County's health commissioner.

Erie County's Sanitary Code authorizes Billittier to suspend a health permit for up to 30 days on any business cited for three or more violations in two years.

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>Speakers, amplifiers stolen from vehicle

Someone stole speakers and amplifiers from a vehicle on Fillmore Avenue near Seneca Street overnight Monday, the victim told Buffalo police.

A passenger door was opened and damaged during the theft, according to a Buffalo police report. The value of the stolen items is about $600.

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>Volley of shots fired; no injuries reported

Gunfire erupted Monday night at a home in Riverside, according to a Buffalo police report.

The incident happened when a taxi pulled up to a Laird Avenue home at about 6:10 p.m., the report said.

When one of the men from the cab and a woman went to knock on an upstairs door, someone inside fired between eight and 10 shots, the woman told police.

No injuries were reported.

The man told police he believed about 15 shots were fired and some men were shooting from a second-floor porch down at the street.

No further details were immediately available.

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>Wealth of electronics stolen from home

A variety of electronics was taken from a West Side home on Monday, according to a Buffalo police report.

The incident happened on Maryland Street, west of Trenton Avenue, between 9:15 a.m. and 6:40 p.m., the victim told police.

A 56-inch plasma television, a desktop computer, a Nintendo Wii system, video games, two Nintendo GameCube systems, a stereo, VCR, DVD player and two MP3 players were taken in the burglary, the report said.

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