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Subdued Canadian fans give police an 'easy out'

Canadian fans were decidedly less robust after their team's World Juniors final loss to Russia on Wednesday night.

Buffalo police reported a lone arrest, for disorderly conduct, after the 5-3 Russian victory.

"I think the word is deflated," Brian K. Patterson, chief of the downtown police district, said as long-faced fans streamed out of HSBC Arena. "For the [final] game, it was a shocker."

Patterson said the Canadian crowds were more spirited after previous games in which their team was the winner.

Two Canadian hockey fans were arrested Monday night at the arena during Canada's 4-1 victory over the U.S.

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Fatal slashing suspect remains behind bars

Dwain Walker was ordered Tuesday to remain jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a first-degree manslaughter indictment.

Walker, 41, of Manhattan Avenue, has been jailed since he surrendered to police a week after Sammy Cooley, 48, was fatally slashed with a piece of glass during an argument in a friend's flat on Londale Road about 7 p.m. Nov. 17.

Homicide Prosecutor Colleen Curtin Gable confirmed the case was put together by Buffalo Homicide Squad Detective Sgt. David M. Lilli and Detectives Mark J. Lauber and Noreen E. Walsh but she declined to comment further.

Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico ordered Walker jailed.

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Officer struck by car is released from hospital

The Spring Brook fire police officer who was struck while directing traffic at an accident scene in Elma was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released.

James Stevenson suffered hip, leg and possible internal injuries Tuesday night when he was hit by a car.

He was taken by the Jamison Road Fire Company's ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Stevenson was directing traffic at about 8 p.m. near the scene of an accident on southbound Route 400, near Jamison Road.

The accident is being investigated by the Erie County Sheriff's Office.

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Body of missing man found hanging from tree

A former East Aurora man who disappeared under unusual circumstances in the Albany area Sept. 22 was found hanging from a tree this week, police said Wednesday.

Police in the Town of East Greenbush said Steven R. Klippert, 52, is believed to have committed suicide after he was involved in a hit-and-run accident Sept. 22.

His body was found in a wooded area of the Village of Nassau on Tuesday, police said.

Klippert was a former East Aurora resident who was working in Albany as a counselor in the state Correctional Services Department.

State officials said Klippert worked at Gowanda Correctional Facility from 1994 until 2008, when he was transferred to a position in Albany.

Police conducted several searches for him after he fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident.

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Foot doctor pleads guilty to misdemeanor

A Buffalo foot doctor who was charged with 28 felony counts of health care fraud in late 2009 pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor charge on Wednesday.

Dr. William Holley, 47, took a plea deal before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

He admitted to one misdemeanor count of theft in connection with health care. Holley admitted that in April 2005, he submitted a false claim to Medicare stating that he performed a procedure called a "wedge excision" on a patient when, in fact, he did not, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

In an indictment unsealed in December 2009, the Western New York Health Care Fraud Task Force accused Holley of submitting numerous false billings to Medicare, the federal health program for people ages 65 or older.

Holley's attorney, Steven M. Cohen, vehemently denied the allegations at the time, saying Holley, an ordained minister, had been unfairly charged. Cohen could not be reached to comment Thursday.

If Arcara adheres to advisory federal court sentencing guidelines, Holley could face 10 to 12 months in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for April 13.

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Man stabbed in the cheek in 200 block of Allen Street

Central District officers are continuing to investigate a stabbing that occurred early Wednesday on the 200 block of Allen Street.

The victim of the 12:24 a.m. stabbing suffered a large gash to the left cheek and was taken to Buffalo General Hospital for treatment, police said.

The attacker was described as a Hispanic man in his 20s, 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighing 130 to 140 pounds, with black hair and wearing a brown coat and blue jeans.

According to information provided by the victim, whose identity was unavailable, the man fled north on College Street and jumped into a blue Chevrolet Impala.

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