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>Buffalo teen caught in crossfire is wounded

A teenager was shot late Friday when he said he was caught in a crossfire between two gunmen who exchanged gunfire at Peckham and Detroit streets.

The victim, Anthony Skinner, 17, of South Division Street, was shot in the leg about 10:30 p.m. He was treated in Sisters Hospital and released.

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>Driver stopped at red light reports gunpoint robbery

A man reported that he was robbed at gunpoint while stopped at a red light in his car Friday night on Fillmore Avenue, police said.

The victim was stopped at Fillmore and Northland Avenue at about 8 p.m. when four men approached his car.

One showed the handle of a gun in his waistband and said: "If you don't give everything up I'll shoot you."

The victim handed over $18 in cash, a GPS device, two cell phones and five CDs.

The four men fled on foot heading north on Fillmore.

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>Wilson Farms on Parkside is held up by gunman

A Parkside Avenue Wilson Farms store was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon, according to police reports.

A cashier at the store at 281 Parkside told police that a man passed a note to her stating: "Don't scream. This is a hold-up. I got gun. Don't want to hurt anyone. Give me the 20's, 10's."

The cashier said no weapon was seen or displayed. The suspect fled with a sum of cash. The cashier told police he was a regular customer who visited the store earlier Friday to buy groceries, but was unable to make the purchase because his credit card was declined.

Northwest District police were investigating.

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>Authorities probing cause of Melvin Street house fire

A house fire at 29 Melvin Place caused $60,000 damage Saturday. The fire, near Elk Street and Bailey Avenue, was called in about 7:20 p.m. Its cause is under investigation.

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>Gang with knives, bottles attacks man on Seneca St.

A gang of eight to 10 believed to be wielding knives and broken beer bottles attacked a man about 4 a.m. Saturday on the 2000 block of Seneca Street.

The victim, Joseph Marinaro, whose age and address were not included in the police report, suffered multiple lacerations, the most serious of which extended from his left side to his back.

He was transported to Mercy Hospital and then Erie County Medical Center, and was discharged later Saturday after receiving treatment.

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>2 underage drinking parties broken up by Buffalo police

Police broke up two large underage drinking parties Saturday.

A party at 107 Herkimer St. was broken up about 3 a.m. by police about after complaints of loud noise.

Yajaira Planell, 28, of 107 Herkimer, faces charges including unlawfully dealing with a child and criminal nuisance.

Police said Michael Feliciano, 19, of the same address, interfered with officers, pushing one in the chest. Charges against him include resisting arrest.

The second party was broken up at 102 Barton St. Police responded about 1:30 a.m. after neighbors placed 911 calls to complain about noise, fights and bottles being thrown from the house into the street. The police report said over fifty people attended the party, "mostly juveniles consuming alcoholic beverages."

In this case, police said the host was underage herself. Brittany Bindics, 19, of 102 Barton faces charges that include disorderly conduct.

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>Vandals burn bridge at Cazenovia golf course

Vandals burned an 8-foot section of a suspension bridge in the Cazenovia golf course Friday or Saturday, police reported. Wood decking and rubber matting was destroyed in the fire.

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>Alleged crack user accused of attacking neighbors

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a Falls Street man attacked two new residents of his building Friday after they allegedly told him he could no longer sit on the front porch and openly smoke crack cocaine.

The suspect was sitting on the porch of the home just after 4 p.m. Friday when a man, standing nearby, told him that he and his wife were moving in with an infant, and that they did not want the child exposed to the man's illicit smoking.

At that point, Leonard Ingram, 52, reportedly started choking the 33-year-old man, who was holding his 17-month-old daughter. Ingram was charged with choking the man, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of the child.

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>Gunman sought in robbery of 3 teens on Pierce Avenue

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man armed with a handgun robbed three teenagers waiting for a ride after leaving a party early Saturday morning, police said. The teens had just left a party in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue and were standing at a street corner around 1:30 a.m. when the suspect approached them from behind and threatened to shoot them, police said. The teens turned over a cell phone and jewelry to the thief, who then fled.

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