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Two facing charges in violent store holdup

Buffalo police arrested two West Side men on felony charges after a violent holdup Wednesday night at a small store on West Ferry Street.

Police accuse the suspects of beating up two people inside the Island Mini Mart, 232 W. Ferry, about 7:30 p.m. and said one of the men tried to use a claw hammer to strike an officer who arrived at the crime scene. The officer fired a shot in defense, but no one was injured, police said.

Charged with first-degree robbery were Tyrone Bradley Jr., 23, and Armando Torres, 25, both of Massachusetts Avenue.

An additional charge of attempted assault on a police officer was filed against Torres, who unsuccessfully tried to use the hammer to clobber a police officer in the head, police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said.

A small amount of cash was stolen in the robbery, and two people were injured inside the store, but police said they had no information today about the extent of the injuries. Nor did police release any more details about the arrest, which took place later Wednesday night on the West Side.

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Target cashier accused of theft from register

A cashier for the Target store on Delaware Avenue was accused this week of stealing more than $14,000 from cash register drawers over a period of a month or so.

Amanda Adams, 17, of West Delavan Avenue, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, Buffalo police said.

The thefts amounted to $14,110, and occurred between Nov. 19 and Dec. 26, according to a police report.

Adams was picked up by police when she arrived at work Tuesday.

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Ruling upholds committal to mental institution

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a judge's decision to commit an Orleans County sex offender to a state mental institution.

Michael C. Motzer, 28, formerly of Lyndonville, was committed in July 2009 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. After a hearing, Kloch ruled that Motzer had violated the terms of his parole by attending an April 2009 free food giveaway in a poor neighborhood of Niagara Falls. Children were present at the gathering.

Motzer had admitted having a mental abnormality that makes him liable to commit more sex crimes. In March 2009, Kloch had placed him on a strict parole regimen. One of its rules was staying away from children.

Motzer had left state prison in January 2009 after serving five years for raping a woman in Orleans County twice in September 2002. He had a previous statutory rape conviction in Orleans County. Motzer had been in state prison awaiting the outcome of the appeal of his commitment.

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Gambian man is detained following border arrest

A Gambian man wanted on charges of credit card fraud was arrested Thursday at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge.

Ebrima Sumareh, 26, was detained while being returned to the United States by Canadian authorities who barred him from entering their country earlier in the day. He told Customs and Border Patrol officials that he was a U.S. citizen, born and raised in the Bronx, and presented a passport to prove his claim.

A check of his fingerprints revealed his true identity. Additional record checks revealed that Sumareh had an active federal arrest warrant issued by the U.S. Secret Service on Dec. 14 charging him with the illegal use of a credit card.

Sumareh eventually told officials he stole the passport from his cousin and was aware of his active warrant of arrest. He further stated that he had recently escaped from a halfway house in Ohio, where he was being held pending federal prosecution.

He was arrested and charged with false claim to citizenship, fraud and false statements. He is being detained in the Niagara County Jail.

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Authorities identify two shot in drive-by

The two victims of a Wednesday drive-by shooting on Bailey Avenue were identified today as Reginald James, 19, and Jemelle Moody, 18, both of Buffalo.

Police said the two were shot on Bailey near Stockbridge Avenue about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

James is in fair condition in Erie County Medical Center while Moody was released after treatment there, police spokesman Michael DeGeorge said today.

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Mother's wedding ring stolen to buy cocaine

LOCKPORT -- A Genesee Street man confessed Wednesday to stealing his mother's wedding ring from her home and selling it for $50 worth of cocaine, Detective Lt. Scott Seekins said.

Troy J. Saraf, 46, was charged with second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny. Seekins said Saraf was picked up about 3 p.m. at St. John's Outreach Center on Chestnut Street and eventually admitted taking the 48-year-old, $2,500 diamond ring Dec. 18.

Saraf's mother, Maureen, also said her key ring was missing, including the keys to her workplace, the Realty USA office on South Transit Street, which was burglarized Dec. 20.

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