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>Arrest made in slaying on Whitney Place

Buffalo homicide detectives have arrested a Buffalo man in the July 10 murder of Henry Figueroa on Whitney Place.

Mario Vasquez, 20, was charged with second-degree murder and possession of a weapon in the shooting of Figueroa, 29, of Seventh Street, at 1:30 p.m. as he walked along Whitney Place near Maryland Avenue.

Witnesses reported that at least five shots were fired at the victim.

Police, who did not list an address for Vasquez, released no details on what led them to him, other than to say they had help from the public.

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>Accident victim listed in critical condition

An East Amherst woman who lost a leg after she was struck by a car while crossing South Park Avenue on Thursday afternoon remained in critical condition Friday in Erie County Medical Center.

Sarah Gregory, 30, was struck by the car and then pinned against a parked minivan at about 2:20 p.m., Buffalo police said.

Gregory stepped from the curb onto South Park Avenue at Aldrich Place near the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens and was struck by a white sedan, according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

"She was subsequently pinned against a parked minivan in the right-hand lane," DeGeorge said. "Witnesses told police the driver may have been traveling at a high rate of speed."

The victim was taken by Rural/Metro Medical Services to Erie County Medical Center after suffering extensive leg injuries. Police would not name the driver, who has not been charged. The incident remains under investigation.

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>Gasport man accused of DWI faces two felonies

A Gasport man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after he was stopped by troopers at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday on Goodrich Road in Clarence, state police reported.

Daniel J. Bachman, 39, allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 percent and also has a previous DWI conviction within the past decade, police said.

He was charged with two felonies, including aggravated DWI because of the blood-alcohol level and felony DWI because of his previous conviction, police said.

Bachman was released pending a future appearance in Clarence Town Court.

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>Three in vehicle robbed after pulling over

Three people in a vehicle were robbed at gunpoint at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday after pulling over when a minivan behind them flashed its lights, Central District police said Friday.

The victims said they noticed the flashing lights while driving west on Vermont Street on the city's West Side.

When the driver turned north onto Prospect Avenue and pulled over, two men, one armed with a silver revolver and the other possibly armed with a knife, ran up from the minivan.

The gunman put the weapon to the head of one of the victims, and the robbers took $1,000, a cell phone, keys and a gold chain, according to police.

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>Man accused of writing checks from closed account

A Clarence man faces two counts of grand larceny for writing two checks, then withdrawing the cash before the bank discovered the checks were drawn from a closed account, state police said.

Fonda Brigis, 46, of Lisa Lane, wrote the checks for $1,225 and $1,950, troopers said.

Brigis was arraigned Thursday in Amherst Town Court. Troopers asked anyone else who received bad checks from Brigis to call them in Clarence at 759-6831.

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>Concord man accused of raping girl, 14

A Concord man arrested by Erie County sheriff's deputies is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl Sept. 6, authorities said Wednesday.

Daniel M. Klingensmith, 25, was charged with two felony counts of rape as well as a misdemeanor charge for endangering the welfare of a child. The crime occurred in Klingensmith's North Street house, deputies said.

The victim's mother contacted authorities Sunday after finding e-mailed messages on her daughter's computer, said deputies, adding that Klingensmith was a friend of the victim's family. Klingensmith is free on $30,000 bail.

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>Man accused in assault of girl on cruise ship

A Rochester man faces charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl on a cruise ship in the Atlantic Ocean after a New Year's celebration.

Lucas George Wickes faces felony charges of aggravated sexual assault and sexual abuse of a minor on the high seas, U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter said.

Wickes is accused of assaulting the girl after she and some other teenagers left a teen night club on a cruise ship that had departed from Port Canaveral, Fla. FBI agents said Wickes told the girl he would throw her overboard if she refused to have sex with him.

The incident occurred early on the morning of Jan. 1, 2007, Mehltretter said.

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