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>Gun fired in robbery of two on near East Side

Two men were robbed of $60 cash and a set of keys by a pair of bandits who fired at least one round from a semi-automatic pistol on the city's near East Side early Saturday morning.

The victims said they were standing on a Rodney Avenue porch just after midnight when two men came up to them and offered them some marijuana. When they refused, one of the thieves pulled out the gun and fired the round in their direction before the two bandits took the money and keys.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred just east of Fillmore Avenue, between East Amherst Street and Leroy Avenue.

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>Damage put at $200,000 in blaze triggered by car

A car fire spread quickly to two occupied homes early Saturday, sparking a two-alarm fire that caused $200,000 damage to two occupied homes in the city's Kensington-Eggert neighborhood, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to the 3:47 a.m. report of a vehicle fire in the driveway at 280 Davidson Ave., south of Kensington Avenue and west of Eggert Road.

The blaze destroyed the vehicle and left $100,000 damage each to 280 and 284 Davidson.

All the occupants got out safely, but firefighters called for a second alarm at 4:06 a.m.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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>Woman is roughed up in strong-arm robbery

A woman had her hearing aid damaged when three other females struck her in the left ear and then beat her in the face and neck late Saturday morning in the city's Bailey-Delavan area, Northeast District police reported.

The three women approached the victim at the corner of Courtland and Lang avenues at about 11:30 a.m. and asked her for a light, she told police. They then attacked her and tried to take her benefit card, before fleeing south through a parking lot.

The injured woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of scratches on her face and neck.

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>Victim of carjacking places blame on friend

A man told Buffalo police he was carjacked Saturday afternoon by one of his friends.

The victim told police the crime occurred about 1:20 p.m. Saturday as he was in a red 2000 Ford, with the friend and another person he didn't know, at Broadway and Playter Street.

The carjacker produced a handgun and ordered the man out of the car, then the two fled in the car, police said.

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>Coins, merchandise taken in Kaisertown break-in

Thieves broke into a Kaisertown vending business and stole more than $1,000 worth of coins and nearly $3,000 worth of merchandise.

The burglary occurred at Darrat Amusement Inc. on Clinton Street about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo police said.

The thieves gained entry by prying open two locked steel doors on the west side of the building, according to Buffalo police. Once inside, about $1,100 in coins were stolen, as well as a conversion kit for a jukebox worth $2,600.

Damage to the business was estimated at more than $2,000.

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>Woman in ditched vehicle faces felony DWI charge

A complaint about a vehicle in a ditch led Erie County sheriff's deputies to charge an Akron woman with felony driving while intoxicated early Friday.

Deputy Brandon Stott responded to the vehicle on Buell Road in Newstead and charged Denise L. Schmidt.

Schmidt was charged with felony DWI after a records check showed a drunken-driving conviction in 2002, police said. A breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, sheriff's officials said.

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>Pedestrian hit by vehicle hospitalized in Erie, Pa.

CARROLL -- A pedestrian from Jamestown was taken by Starflight to an Erie, Pa., hospital Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle in the Town of Carroll, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Samuel Oneal was listed in fair condition late Saturday morning in Hamot Medical Center. Deputies said that Oneal stepped into the path of a westbound vehicle on Route 62 in the Town of Carroll at about 6:30 a.m. Saturday.

No charges are being filed in the incident.

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>DWI checkpoint nets arrest of five people

HANOVER -- State police arrested five people during a sobriety checkpoint on Routes 5 and 20 in the Chautauqua County Town of Hanover on Friday, police officials said Saturday.

More than 400 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, and troopers detained seven of the vehicles.

Troopers arrested two young men, ages 19 and 20, for possession of alcohol under age 21, two people for driving while intoxicated and one for marijuana possession, police said.

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