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>Woman reports beating, rape, robbery on Elmwood

A woman told Buffalo police she was beat up, raped and robbed early Saturday morning on Elmwood Avenue.

The victim was in her vehicle in the 1000 block of Elmwood Avenue at about 3 a.m. Saturday, when the assailant opened her door and punched her several times in the face until she blacked out, according to police reports.

The woman woke up at the foot of West Ferry Street and drove herself to Erie County Medical Center, according to reports.

She was robbed of $142, a Gucci purse, a cell phone, black satin shoes and various credit cards.

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>Three males shot in two incidents

Two males told police they were near the backyard of a residence on the 300 block of Busti Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday when someone opened fire on them.

DeMario McCain, no age or address available, was struck in the upper right thigh, while Rondale Jackson, also no age or address available, was hit in his right buttocks, according to police reports.

Both were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Their conditions were not available Saturday night.

Less than two miles away on Prospect Avenue, Nelson Alverado, no age or address available, told police he was standing near his home at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, when someone began shooting at him. Alverado was struck in his right leg and was also taken to ECMC. Alverado's condition was not available.

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>Man walking away shot in back; suspect sought

A person walking away from a confrontation was shot in the back early Saturday morning at Humboldt Parkway and East Delavan Avenue.

The victim told Buffalo police that the shooting occurred at about 4 a.m. Saturday, after he turned away from a dispute with the suspect.

The victim, Bertrand Joiner, no age or address available, was taken to the emergency room in Erie County Medical Center, but left, officials at the hospital said Saturday evening.

Joiner said he knew his shooter only as "Cheese." No arrests were made.

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>Buffalo fire spreads, causes extensive damage

Firefighters were first called at 3:40 a.m. Saturday to a two-alarm fire that started in a two-story vacant house at 78 Liddell St.

The fire caused $35,000 damage to the house at 78 Liddell, $25,000 damage to the house at 72 Liddell and $5,000 to the house at 80 Liddell.

The fire also spread to 68 Liddell, displacing two occupants and causing $15,000 damage to the building and $5,000 to the contents.

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>Buffalo couple arrested on drug possession charges

A man and woman from Buffalo were arrested Friday evening and accused of possessing $2,000 worth of crack cocaine, which authorities said they planned to sell in the Town of Evans, Erie County sheriff's officials and Town of Evans police said.

Authorities had received a tip about the drugs and obtained a search warrant for the couple's car, which was stopped on Route 20 in Evans at about 6 p.m. Friday.

Police and deputies found the drugs hidden under the suspects' clothing.

David R. Dickinson, 33, and Vascier M. Thomas, 21, were charged with two felony counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and a violation of unlawful possession of marijuana.

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>Knife wounds during fight result in man's arrest

A Springville man was arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly inflicted minor knife wounds to a man during a fight on Franklin Street, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies were dispatched to a Franklin Street parking lot at about 3:20 a.m. about a fight in progress. There, they found a man who had suffered slight cuts on his thumb and cheek.

Authorities arrested the alleged assailant, William G. Babcock, 46, at the scene on charges of second-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Babcock was taken to the Erie County Holding Center and held pending arraignment in Springville Village Court.

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