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>Police may have suspect in hit-run injuring two

Two pedestrians, one of them an 11-year-old boy, were injured in a hit-and-run accident on Delaware Avenue in North Buffalo on Monday night, and police have arrested a possible suspect on an unrelated marijuana charge.

The accident occurred shortly after 8:30 p.m., when witnesses told police that a vehicle northbound on Delaware Avenue ran the red light at Hinman Avenue and struck the two people who were crossing the street.

Candice King, 38, of Delsan Court, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was listed in fair condition Tuesday.

An 11-year-old boy, believed to be her son, was taken to Women & Children's Hospital with injuries that were described by witnesses as not life-threatening.

Northwest District officers tracked the vehicle to a Skillen Street residence. When they arrived to investigate, they said they spotted marijuana in plain view.

Officer Brandon Hawkins charged Reginald Zinnerman, 29, of Skillen, with marijuana possession. Zinnerman has not been charged in the accident, which remains under investigation.

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>Man seeking change for $20 bill is robbed

A Thompson Street man seeking change for a $20 bill was robbed in the elevator of a Pearl Street building at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, Buffalo police said.

The victim, 23, told police he was in 221 Pearl and asked for change for a $20 bill. The man took the $20 and got onto an elevator with the victim. The robber displayed a pocket knife and and fled, police said.

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>Four indicted on counts including murder, robbery

A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted four Buffalo men on numerous counts of violent crime, including the murder of two men during robberies in 2005.

The four are: Thamud "Damu" Eldridge, 35; Kashika "Shika" Speed, 36; Kevin "Killer Kev" Allen, 29; and Galen Rose, 36. The four face a maximum of life in prison for charges including racketeering, robbery, distribution of controlled substances and causing the death of a person through the use of a firearm, federal authorities said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph M. Tripi said they were involved in a drug operation on the city's East Side from 2003 until 2005 and are accused of conspiring to rob and murder others involved in the distribution of drugs.

Eldridge, Speed and Rose are accused of fatally shooting Thedrus T. Laster in a North Buffalo apartment during the course of a robbery April 2, 2005. Eldridge, Speed and Allen are accused of killing Sam Jones Jr. during a robbery April 6, 2005, according to the indictment.

Eldridge is also accused of firing shots at a Buffalo police officer.

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>Explosion at Evans shed of National Fuel probed

Authorities were trying to determine what triggered an explosion at a National Fuel compressor shed at about noon Tuesday in Evans, Evans police said.

The incident occurred on National Fuel property on Versailles Plank Road between Depot Street and Overhead Road. The shed was damaged, authorities said.

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>Cocaine trafficker gets 17 1/2 -year prison term

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Tuesday sentenced a Buffalo businessman to 17 1/2 years behind bars for drug trafficking.

Richard Mullen, 35, was identified as one of Buffalo's major cocaine traffickers after his 2004 arrest. Mullen took a plea deal in August 2008, resulting in Tuesday's sentencing.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Clare Kane said Mullen, who also ran a business making T-shirts for rock and rap concerts, was the leader of a major cocaine ring broken up with more than 30 arrests in August 2004.

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>Burglar gets $1,000 from East Side bar

A thief who apparently used a crowbar to break the lock on a backroom door took an estimated $1,000 from the Bottoms Up bar on East Lovejoy Street early Tuesday, Ferry-Fillmore District police said.

The intruder apparently entered between 1 and 4:45 a.m., taking about $700 from one hiding spot and about $300 in coins from another.

Tuesday morning, workers found a crowbar that apparently was used to break the lock on the backroom door inside the bar.

Police said they have some other evidence that may help them solve the crime.

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>Armed thief takes $20 after confronting man

A thief displaying a black handgun confronted a resident in the backyard of his home before forcing the victim into the house and robbing him of $20 Tuesday morning, Northeast District police reported.

The victim, who lives on Inter Park Avenue in the Ferry-Fillmore area, said the man flashed the weapon and asked him for some drugs, between 10:30 and 10:40 a.m. The robber forced him into the home and searched the closet and the victim's girlfriend's purse before taking the $20.

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