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>Beating victim suspects members of rival fraternity

An 18-year-old Buffalo State College student told Buffalo police he was attacked on Elmwood Avenue earlier this month by a group that may belong to a rival Buffalo State fraternity.

The victim told police he was walking to a store at about 1 p.m. March 6 with a friend when at least six men approached him from behind and punched, slapped and kicked him to the ground and kept attacking him until he lost consciousness. They also stole his necklace and earrings.

He was treated in Erie County Medical Center for a broken jaw, black eye, a concussion and numerous contusions, according to reports.

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>Border crossing attempt ends in woman's arrest

A 33-year-old Nicaraguan woman faces federal charges of making false statements at the border and misusing a passport, U.S. Customs & Border Protection officials said Monday.

Roxanne Ariza was arrested Sunday at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, Chief Kevin Corsaro said.

Ariza falsely claimed that she was a citizen of Mexico and tried to use a passport she got with a false Mexican birth certificate, the agency said.

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>Theft of $7,650 charged for false jobless claims

A Lancaster man has been charged with stealing $7,650 by filing nearly three dozen false claims for unemployment, state police reported Monday.

Norbert E. Aikin, 34, of Walden Avenue, was charged with grand larceny and falsifying business records.

Police said Aikin filed 34 false claims with the state Department of Labor from November 2008 through August 2009. Aikin is to appear March 31 in Buffalo City Court.

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>10 thefts from vehicles probed by Amherst police

Amherst police are looking for the culprits who rifled through about 10 vehicles over the weekend, stealing money and valuables in the Millersport-Hartford-Sweet Home area.

The vehicles were parked on Rosemont Drive, Empress Avenue and Monarch Drive, and the thefts were discovered Saturday morning, police said. Taken were a couple hundred dollars, some loose change, three GPS units, some CDs and one iPod.

Amherst police noted that all but one of the vehicles apparently were unlocked. Anyone with any information should call detectives at 689-1333.

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>Arrest made in theft, pawning of video games

A Hamburg man faces a grand larceny charge after allegedly stealing video games from a local department store and selling them at pawn shops, state police reported Monday.

David C. Venti, 20, of Holiday Lane, is suspected in the incidents. He has similar charges pending in Hamburg, troopers said, and is awaiting sentencing on those counts.

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>Car crash in Elma results in felony DWI charge

A Buffalo man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated and endangering the welfare of a child after a one-car crash Sunday evening in Elma, state police said.

Troopers arrested Thomas M. Jackson, 53, of Hillside Avenue, after the crash at about 6 p.m. on Hemstreet Road. They said Jackson's 7-year-old son was in the vehicle.

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