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Three arrested in sting at Buffalo massage parlor

Three people were arrested on prostitution charges in an undercover vice sting about 1:20 p.m. Thursday at a massage parlor at 69 Fulton St., Buffalo police said.

The suspects were identified as Susan Chong, 60, of Fulton Street; Kristin Roll, 27, of Military Road; and Deanna Marchetti, 22, Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls.

Chong was charged with felony promoting prostitution, and Marchetti and Roll face misdemeanor charges of prostitution.

"Acting on tips there was illicit activity going on, undercover narcotics officers conducted an investigation into the complaint," said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives.

The scope of the operation remained under investigation, Richards said.

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Police say elderly man died of natural causes

The body of an elderly man recovered Thursday evening from a Grant Street senior citizens residence apparently died of natural causes, Buffalo police confirmed Friday.

The 80-year-old man, with an apparent history of illness, was found dead in his second-floor apartment at School House Commons, 1005 Grant St. He had an injury to his head when found, police said.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, said an autopsy Friday determined there was no foul play.

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First Niagara branch in city hit by robber

A First Niagara Bank branch was robbed late Friday morning at Main Street and Jewett Avenue, Buffalo police said.

The robber passed a note to a teller shortly after 10:35 a.m. The bandit was described as a black male, 6-foot-2 and wearing blue jeans, a white hooded sweat shirt and baseball cap. Witnesses said the suspect, who had a gun tucked into his waistband, fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Northeast District detectives were investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call the Buffalo police confidential tip line at 847-2255.

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Drug, harassment cases net teen 18-month term

A Stockbridge Avenue teen who pleaded guilty to crack cocaine possession and was convicted of harassment was spared a long jail term Friday.

Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk sentenced Lamar Brown, 18, to a combined 18-month jail term on his felony drug plea and the harassment conviction. However, he faces further proceedings before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia in a separate 2006 mugging.

Brown was arrested on Swinburne Street in the drug case April 5. He was charged in the harassment case afte he and another man, who never was identified, hijacked a car at gunpoint at Ashley and Mohr streets Feb. 7, 2008, authorities said.

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