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Teen bandit stalks man getting $500 from ATM

A 22-year-old Buffalo man was robbed of $500 after withdrawing money from an ATM on Jefferson Avenue at 4:19 p.m. Saturday.

The man told police he was at an ATM in Tops Markets on Jefferson when a teenager got in line behind him. The teen followed him to a nearby store, where he threatened to shoot the man unless he surrendered the money, police said.


Man claiming to have bomb held after standoff

NIAGARA FALLS -- A standoff between police and a man claiming to have a bomb ended with the man's arrest early Sunday morning.

The man, who was holed up in the trunk of a car at Hyde Park Boulevard and D Street, was taken into custody after a robot opened the trunk and police fired pepper balls into the car. No explosives were discovered.

The man's identity is being withheld by police. Streets in the area of the standoff were closed off and neighborhood residents were alerted.


20 women reportedly attack other women on Bailey Ave.

Buffalo police are investigating a report of an assault Sunday morning by a group of 20 women on Bailey Avenue.

Police said a witness saw the women exit four vehicles and attack several other women in the 2400 block of Bailey. The witness told police she tried to break up the fight and was stabbed in the left arm and cut on the right hand.

Police said the witness was treated in Erie County Medical Center, where she received stitches to her wounds.


Fire at East Side plant causes $150,000 in damage

Damage was estimated at $150,000 after a two-alarm fire Sunday afternoon in a paper reconditioning plant on Buffalo's East Side.

Fire officials said employees of Deltacraft Paper & Converting Co. were at the scene but no one was inside the large, noncombustible building at 99 Bud Mil Drive, near William Street and Bailey Avenue.

The call came in at 12:11 p.m., and by 3 p.m., firefighters had brought the blaze under control. No one was injured. An investigation into the cause is continuing.


SWAT team ends standoff, prompts man to surrender

The Buffalo Police Special Weapons and Tactics team successfully defused an incident Sunday afternoon on Ash Street on the city's East Side.

After barricading himself in a house for about 35 minutes, a man came outside and turned himself over the police about 5:35 p.m., police said.

After the man lay down on the ground, police searched him for weapons, took him into custody and transported him to Erie County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

As of late Sunday night, no charges had been filed against the 46-year-old man. His identity had not been released.

Police were called by someone who said the man was acting irrationally, and he agreed to turn himself over to police after extensive talks with a police negotiator over a cell phone, police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said.


Man says he was attacked by gang on South Park Ave.

The victim of a reported gang attack Sunday morning on South Park Avenue claims his life was threatened.

Police said the victim was approached in the 400 block of South Park shortly after midnight by six or seven men who yelled, "We're about to get you. Call it a day."

The man said he was knocked to the ground and punched several times in the head, face, arms, back and legs. He told police he was finally able to get up and flee his attackers.


2 stopped for loud exhausts arrested on other charges

State Police stopped two Buffalo motorists for having loud exhausts Saturday, arresting one on drug charges and the other on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated. Both are held pending arraignment in Erie County Holding Center.

Troopers said they pulled over Michael L. Snipes, 33, on Northumberland Avenue and he gave them a false name because he did not have a valid driver's license. Further investigation turned up a bag of marijuana and five small baggies of crack cocaine, officers said.

Officers said they stopped Jarral M. Tanner, 31, on Herman Street. At Buffalo Police Headquarters, he was found to have a blood-alcohol content of 0.15 percent, troopers said. In addition to the felony DWI charge because of a previous DWI conviction, he was charged with driving with a revoked license and consuming an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle.

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