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>Woman found dead in North Oak St. house

An elderly woman was found dead Tuesday in her North Oak Street house, and homicide investigators were probing the scene for signs of foul play, according to Buffalo police.

The victim, whose name was withheld by police, was discovered at 587 North Oak St. just after noon. Central District police found the woman's body in the bedroom of her house.

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed today in the Erie County medical examiner's office. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 847-2255.

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>Drug suspect is charged with trying to bite officer

A Buffalo man with a lengthy criminal history was charged Tuesday with attempting to assault a police officer by trying to bite him.

Adam Garcia, 44, of St. Paul Mall, was spotted by police after he pulled up to a known drug house on 14th Street on the city's West Side, according to a police report.

Garcia, who has previous manslaughter and drug convictions, was seen putting a piece of paper containing drugs into his mouth, the report said.

Believing Garcia was trying to swallow the drugs, Officer Robert E. Eloff tried to retrieve the substance. That's when Garcia tried to bite his hand, according to the report.

Officers then forcibly removed Garcia from his car and handcuffed him. Garcia subsequently fell and hit his head on some ice, according to the report.
Garcia also was charged with resisting arrest, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, obstructing governmental administration and tampering with physical evidence.

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>Two men accused of selling fake Nikes

Two Williamsville men face felony trademark counterfeiting charges for offering fake Nike sneakers for sale Tuesday on East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo police said.

Zyed A. Abdadi, 18, and Ali A. Abdadi, 22, had more than 800 pair of the bogus Nikes on them when arrested, police said. Buffalo polie and Nike investigators entered the store at 1481 E. Delavan Ave. shortly before 6 p.m.

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>City man treated in ECMC after stabbing

A 40-year-old Buffalo man was treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center Tuesday morning after he was stabbed several times and had his front teeth knocked out on Lafayette Avenue.

After the attack, George C. Falcone returned to his home on Herkimer Street, said Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. Rural/Metro Medical Services was called to the Herkimer address at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday and transported Falcone to ECMC. Falcone's condition was not immediately available.

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>Robber takes $300 from wireless business

An Ontario Street wireless business was robbed at gunpoint early Tuesday afternoon, according to Buffalo polices.

A representative of Pyramid Communications Blue Wireless at 486 Ontario St. told police the robber entered the store asking for change for a $20 but left after the clerk told him he didn't have change. The man returned about two minutes later and pulled out a black revolver, then fled with about $300.

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>Damage placed at $50,000 in Good Ave. house fire

A fire on Good Avenue in South Buffalo displaced three adults and one child Tuesday evening, Buffalo fire officials said.

The fire, which broke out about 8:15 p.m., spread from a 2 1/2 -story house to a nearby garage on Hopkins Street. A woman was rescued.

Damage was estimated at about $50,000. The cause remained under investigation.

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