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>Homicide officers probe death in senior complex

Buffalo homicide detectives were investigating the death of an elderly man whose body was found Thursday evening in his apartment at School House Commons, 1005 Grant St., authorities said.

Police responded to the scene at about 6:30 p.m. The door was ajar to the apartment, in a building housing senior citizens 62 and older, police said.

An autopsy will be done today in the Erie County medical examiner's office.

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>Cheektowaga hair salon robbed at gunpoint

An armed robbery of a Kensington Avenue hair salon Thursday by two men with guns was under investigation by Cheektowaga police.

Police said the robbery occurred at about 2:30 p.m., when the two men entered Michael Angelo Hair Fashions on Kensington Avenue armed with handguns. The owner of the hair salon was threatened at gunpoint, and customers were also intimidated, police said.

The robbers fled a short time later with the customers' personal belongings and proceeds from the business. It was unclear whether Thursday's heist was related to a similar incident last month on Eggert Road in Amherst.

There, on Jan. 9, two men targeted Bangz Salon at 1717 Eggert Road at about 2:45 p.m. and ordered employees and customers to the floor at gunpoint. One shot was fired into a ceiling before the bandits fled with purses and wallets.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Cheektowaga police at 686-3505 about the Michael Angelo robbery or Amherst police at 689-1311 regarding the hold up at Bangz.

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>Victims of assault, robbery thought it might be a dream

The victims of an assault early Thursday said they hesitated before calling police because they weren't sure if they were dreaming, Buffalo police said.

A woman armed with an unknown object attacked a man and woman who were awakened at about 4:30 a.m. in a Breckenridge Street house. The woman fled with a gold cross and chain and two boxes of jewelry valued at about $18,000, police said.

The victims said they did not alert police until Thursday afternoon because they were "unsure if it was a dream."

Neither required medical attention.

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>Two arrested in holdup of man who gave them ride

Amherst police arrested two Buffalo men Thursday afternoon after they allegedly held up a man with whom they hitched a ride.

Held pending arraignment on first-degree robbery charges are Charles M. Lowmack, 29, of Wakefield Avenue, and Kenneth T. Parker, 24, of Phyllis Avenue. Further charges are pending.

Police said the two accosted a 37-year-old Buffalo man eating lunch in the McDonald's restaurant at University Plaza and asked for a ride to the Allenhurst apartments because it was raining. When they got there, the men told him to go down Lenore Road, where one of them pulled a gun on him.

The two suspects took the man's car keys, some cash and a video game, then fled on foot. The victim called police from a nearby home and officers quickly surrounded the area.

Detective Lt. Richard Walter, acting Detective Robert Cunningham and Officer Sean Shaver caught one of the suspects running across a street and the other climbing out a rear window of a motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Police said the stolen items were recovered.

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>Jewett Avenue resident faces gun, drug counts

Northeast District police who were searching for a suspect at a home in the 100 block of Jewett Avenue early Thursday charged a resident with gun and drug charges.

In searching the house at 183 Jewett, police found crack cocaine, marijuana and a sawed-off rifle. The officers arrested Cherry N. Miles, 22, and charged him with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of stolen property. The last charge was linked to a social services benefits card that was under the name of another individual.

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>Traffic stop brings DWI, drug charges

A West Seneca man stopped for a traffic check by state police early Thursday on Route 16 in Elma was charged with drunken driving and possession of a controlled substance.

Jacob B. Longest, 30, of Willowdale Drive, was pulled over at about 2 a.m. for failure to keep right. A further investigation found him in possession of four hydrocodone tablets, about one gram of marijuana and a pipe with marijuana residue, state police said.

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