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Man answering online ad is beaten and robbed

A Buffalo man was beaten and robbed of his clothing and vehicle over the weekend while answering an ad on Craigslist, police report.

The man told police he went to a residence on Poplar Street at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, where he met a man who took him to a home on Stewart Avenue in the Schiller Park area.

Once there, he was assaulted and robbed of his clothing, cell phone and wallet. The Jeep he left on Poplar Street also was missing.

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Niagara Parkway crash injures 4, 1 critically

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- Four people were injured, one critically, in a one-car crash about 1 a.m. Sunday on the Niagara Parkway.

The car crashed through a wooden fence and a group of trees, then plunged down an embankment, coming to rest near the edge of the Niagara River, Niagara Regional Police said.

A 21-year-old man passenger was extricated and airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.

The driver, Sandeeps Sidhu-Brar, 21 of Mississauga, was charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Sidhu-Brar and two Mississauga men were treated for minor injuries in Greater Niagara General Hospital.

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Missing since Friday, teen returns home

A South Buffalo teen missing for more than two days returned home safely Sunday afternoon, his family told Buffalo police. Police did not report where Jonathan Krollman, 16, of Cochrane Street, had been since he was last seen Friday morning.

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Car, laptop computer taken from car dealership

A car and laptop computer were taken during a burglary at a Grand Island car dealership over the weekend.

A cinder block was thrown through the front window of Grand Island Auto Sales, 1719 Grand Island Blvd., sometime Saturday, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

A laptop and several items were stolen, including the keys to a gray 2002 Pontiac Grand Am parked out front.

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Buffalo man, 46, charged after high-speed chase

A Buffalo man who led police on a high-speed chase Saturday night was charged with felony reckless endangerment and other crimes.

Tyrone L. Keith, 46, was accused of creating a grave risk of death to pedestrians and vehicles by speeding through red lights and stop signs on the East Side. A tire blowout on the 2002 Dodge Stratus Keith was driving brought the pursuit to an end at Humboldt Parkway and Woeppel Street.

Officers on routine patrol spotted the gray Stratus speeding on Genesee Street at about 9 p.m., according to a police report.

During the arrest, an officer found what appeared to be cocaine in Keith's pants pocket, the report said.

Keith additionally was charged with speeding, speed not reasonable or prudent, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, failure to stop at a red light, obstructing governmental administration and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Private birthday party leads to woman's arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police broke up a private birthday party inside a dimly lit former tavern Sunday morning after learning that alcohol was being sold without a license.

Officers went to the former Norm's Tavern on Niagara Street on two occasions, first for a loud fight, and again after 4 a.m. to check a report of after-hours sales.

Police said they found about 200 people inside and arrested a woman serving food and drinks at the bar. Danielle M. Morgan, 24, of Buffalo, was charged with permitting consumption of alcohol without a license, obstructing governmental administration and second-degree criminal impersonation.

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Irish Center targeted in third burglary

Just a few days after Buffalo police charged a teenager with burglarizing the Irish Center in South Buffalo, the center again was broken into.

It's unclear if anything was stolen, but locks were broken, and extensive damage was reported to a second-floor storage room. A steel door estimated at $1,500 also needed to be replaced, according to a police report.

The break-in occurred between 3 a.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Sunday. It was the third burglary at the center, 245 Abbott Road, in the past two weeks.

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Woman driving car is shot in the leg

A woman was shot in the leg when a gunman with an assault rifle opened fire on her car early Sunday morning at Glenwood and Roehrer avenues.

Jasmine D. Benbow, 22, of Winslow Avenue, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated and released, Buffalo police said.

She told police she was driving west on Glenwood, toward Roehrer, at about 4:20 a.m., when she spotted a man at the corner with a gun, possibly an AK-47.

The man began shooting toward her, striking the rear of the car. A bullet went through the driver's side seat and struck her right thigh, police said. A woman riding with her was unhurt.

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