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Police arrest several at housing complexes

Several people were arrested in Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority complexes Friday.

More than a half dozen people from the Willert Park, Douglas Towers and Perry housing complexes in the city were arrested on various charges by the new 21-person unit that polices the Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority, Buffalo police said.

Most were related to drug charges, police said. Two were felony charges -- one for narcotics, the other for gun possession. The new unit has made nearly 100 arrests since starting June 9, police said.

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Arrest made in threat to set dogs on landlord

A Rogers Street man was arrested Saturday on charges of menacing and harassment after he threatened to sic pit bulls on his landlord.

The landlord was attempting to collect rent and serve papers on Eugene Lawrence Jr., 23, Saturday afternoon when Lawrence allegedly threatened to kill and cause physical harm to the man by using the dogs, police report.

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Screaming man arrested, hits deputy in the face

DARIEN -- A man accused of standing in the middle of Colby Road, screaming threats at neighbors and fighting with a deputy was arrested early Sunday, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office reported.

Brett F. Dieter, 32, of Basom, is charged with disorderly conduct and harassment.

The man, who appeared to be intoxicated, pushed Deputy Patrick Reeves and hit him in the face before he was taken into custody.

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Arrest made in robbery of two using BB gun

A 29-year-old Buffalo man accused of using a BB gun to rob two people early Saturday morning outside a Franklin Street pub faces multiple felony charges after police nabbed him a few blocks away.

Charged with two counts of robbery and grand larceny was Michael C. Makolinski of Mackinaw Street.

At about 3:30 a.m. in the parking lot, Makolinski allegedly slammed one of the victims against a car and held a black Phantom BB gun to the man's nose while taking a wallet and $40. He's also accused of pointing the gun at a second victim and taking her debit card before fleeing.

An officer who was waved down by the victims put out a description of the suspect, who was found and taken into custody on Washington Street.

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Man with a note robs bank on Bailey Avenue

A man wearing sunglasses, a skull cap and a black suit with a white button-down shirt robbed a Bailey Avenue bank robbery Friday afternoon.

The man entered the M&T Bank branch at 3037 Bailey Ave. at about 3 p.m. He also was described as a thin black man, 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10 and between 18 and 26 years old.

The man stood in line for about 30 seconds until the teller called him over. The man then handed the teller a note demanding money, according to a police report.

When the teller handed over some money, the man took the bills and sorted them. He pushed some of the money back to the teller and left the bank.

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Two women taken to ECMC after both are assaulted

Two women were treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center and released after a large fight that broke out early Saturday morning in the 200 block of Walden Avenue.

Natasha Scott and Lakisha Floyd were taken by Rural/Metro ambulances to ECMC. Scott told Buffalo police she was stabbed in the back by an unknown assailant.

Floyd was cut on the forehead by the same unknown suspect, police said. Police responded to the fight between 12:30 and 1 a.m.

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Vandals spray-paint 6 cars in University Heights

Several cars parked in the University Heights neighborhood were vandalized with spray paint sometime late Saturday or early Sunday.

Buffalo police were investigating five reports of criminal mischief involving the spray painting of cars on Highgate Avenue, Minnesota Avenue, Lasalle Avenue, Eldon Road and in the parking lot of Camelot Court apartments.

Six cars were vandalized. One complainant told police two of his vehicles were sprayed with black paint. In addition, one car was keyed and another car had a front bumper damaged.

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Police officer injured after SUV strikes her

An officer was injured early Sunday on the city's West Side when a man driving an SUV sideswiped her and nearly dragged her down the street when he ignored her orders to stop, Buffalo police reported.

Central District Officer Ann W. Devaney was on Virginia Street, near the on-ramp to the Niagara Thruway, at 1:40 a.m. when an SUV sideswiped her, hitting her left arm and shoulder.

Devaney told the driver to stop, but he yelled back, "Are you high, copper?" and pulled away as she put her hand on the passenger side door handle.

Devaney suffered pain and bruising in the incident, police reported.

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