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>Three teens arrested in West Side gang attack

Three West Side teenagers have been charged in a brutal gang assault early Sunday in which victims were attacked with knives and a shovel, Buffalo police report.

The attack occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in the 600 block of West Avenue. Police said one of the victims suffered a punctured lung when stabbed in the side; he was listed in fair condition Sunday night in Erie County Medical Center. Two other victims were treated and released, one who was stabbed twice in the back and another who was hit with a shovel and punched and kicked.

Police arrested Jonathan Dececco, 17, of Albany Street; John Gutowski, 18, of Grant Street; and Luis DeJesus, 17, of West Avenue. All were charged with felony gang assault and misdemeanor counts of weapons possession.

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>Arrest made in assault of woman, two children

A Cheektowaga man faces charges of assaulting a woman and two children at a South Buffalo residence over the weekend.

A police report said Herbert Banks, 34, of Shanley Street, punched and kicked a woman so hard she suffered a concussion, among other injuries. The report said Banks also hit the woman's 4-year-old daughter in the head, threw a 9-year-old boy across the room and stole the mother's purse.

Banks is charged with assault, harassment, endangering the welfare of a child and grand larceny.

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>DWI charge follows crash of SUV in Clarence

State troopers tracked footprints in the snow to find the driver of an overturned SUV early Sunday and charged him with driving while intoxicated.

Troopers found the Chevrolet Blazer overturned on the east shoulder of Goodrich Road near Lapp Road in Clarence at about 3:20 a.m. They followed fresh footprints in the snow and found Kevin Senefelder of Clarence walking along Lapp.

They discovered Senefelder had been driving the SUV and also charged him with failure to keep right. He's due in Clarence Town Court on March 10.

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>Seneca Nation marshals stop vehicle; DWI charged

A Cheektowaga woman was arrested Saturday on drunken driving charges, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

Kathleen Horan, 55, was arrested after her vehicle was stopped by Seneca Nation Marshals Justine Kelley-Nephew and Darby Leroy on Route 438.

After Sheriff's Deputy James Kelley responded to the scene, Horan registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.21 percent. She is scheduled to appear in Brant Town Court at an unspecified date, the Sheriff's Office said.

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>Troopers arrest three as part of Operation Impact

State police arrested three men in Buffalo on Saturday night, including two wanted on outstanding warrants.

Claude D. Dickson, 49, was arrested after a traffic stop on Walden Avenue. Dickson was wanted on two arrest warrants -- one from Buffalo police for a disorderly conduct charge, the other a Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority police warrant. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center, police said.

Rayshawn L. Bennett, 29, was also taken into custody following a traffic stop on Walden. Bennett was wanted on a warrant for driving with a suspended or revoked registration, police said.

James R. Abell, 27, was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation for allegedly trying to use his brother's name at the incident scene because his driver's license was suspended. The arrest happened following a traffic stop at Sycamore and Sobieski streets.

The arrests were made as part of Operation Impact, a state-funded effort meant to aid law enforcement agencies that work in 17 counties that account for 80 percent of crime upstate and on Long Island.

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>Police say man had 11 bags of crack in his pockets

An East Side man faces drug charges after police said they confiscated 11 bags of crack cocaine from his pants pockets late Saturday.

Police said Jeffrey Goldsmith, 20, of Zittel Street, was acting suspiciously outside a known drug house on Chippewa Street at about 10:30 p.m. A search yielded the drugs. Goldsmith faces multiple drug possession charges.

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>Troopers charge DWI, drug possession in Elma

A Lancaster man faces drug possession charges after he was stopped for speeding Saturday in Elma, state police said.

Michael A. Scott, 27, was pulled over on Transit Road and charged with driving while intoxicated.

After observing Scott repeatedly putting his hands in his pockets after his arrest, police said he was found to be in possession of cocaine and marijuana.

In addition to the DWI charge, Scott faces charges of driving while ability impaired by drugs, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He is due in Elma Town Court on March 5.

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