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Several fights flare up after St. Pat's Parade

Buffalo police responded to several calls associated with the St. Patrick's Day Parade and other related revelry Sunday afternoon and evening.

After the parade, police received reports of a large fight at Delaware Avenue and Huron Street, an assault near Allen Street and Delaware Avenue and an assault at West Chippewa Street and Delaware Avenue.

Later in the evening, police handled calls for a fight near the Hyatt Regency Buffalo on Main Street and West Huron Street. Several arrests were made throughout the day, although details of the arrests were not available.

In one incident, which occurred at about 5:30 p.m. near Delaware Avenue and Allen Street, police were investigating an attack on a man who was approached from the side and punched in the face, causing a cut to his left eye and an ocular fracture. The suspect fled.

Officers also broke up a "number of altercations" near the end of the parade and afterwards, said police spokesman Michael DeGeorge.

But DeGeorge also said that there were no "major incidents or injuries" at the parade.

The parade crowd was estimated at 100,000 people -- one of the largest crowds ever for a St. Patrick's Day parade in downtown Buffalo, according to police.

A significant police presence remained Sunday night in the Chippewa entertainment district, where patrons filled bars and nightclubs.

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Man pulled from car, beaten with tire jack

A 21-year-old Buffalo man was taken to Erie County Medical Center on Sunday afternoon after being pulled from a car and beaten with a tire jack, according to Buffalo police.

The incident occurred in the 100 block of Martha Avenue shortly after noon. The victim told police a black four-door car, possibly a Chevy Impala, with Massachusetts plates carrying one woman and three males pulled up next to the vehicle he was in.

The group then pulled him out and beat him in the head, face and body with a tire jack, according to a police report.

The man's cell phone also was stolen.

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Firefighters rescue dog in Town of Tonawanda fire

Brighton Volunteer Fire Company firefighters had to chop a hole in the roof to knock down flames shooting from a Town of Tonawanda home late Sunday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to a 5:50 p.m. report of flames coming from a chimney at 98 Somerville Ave. near Ogden Road.

On arrival, they encountered heavy fire in the rear of the single-story residence.

Firefighters were able to rescue a dog from the basement of the house. None of the three residents was home at the time of the blaze.

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Falls woman, 39, arrested in assault of boyfriend

NIAGARA FALLS -- An Ashland Avenue woman was arrested Saturday evening after police said she came home drunk and picked a fight with her live-in boyfriend.

Kish A. Mosher, 39, was charged with third-degree assault and harassment in connection with the 7:15 p.m. incident. Police say she attacked the man as he lay on the couch, repeatedly punching and slapping his face and causing cuts and scratches.

Mosher reportedly told police she assaulted him because "he was smoking crack cocaine" in her residence.

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Plant's office building in Falls hit by fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- Flames ripped through an office building on College Avenue on Saturday afternoon, causing significant smoke, fire and water damage to the structure, which is part of the Treibacher Schleifmittel industrial complex.

The corporation's manufacturing operations were not damaged.

Niagara Falls firefighters were called shortly after 5 p.m. and spent 3 1/2 hours fighting flames inside the two-story block and wood building.

"It was stubborn," said Battalion Chief Mark Gray. "We had a lot of hot spots."

No one was inside the building at the time of the fire, said Gray.

The company, which makes fused aluminum oxide, indicated to fire officials that they would be able to resume manufacturing immediately.

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DWI charge follows stop because of faulty muffler

A Hamburg man has been charged with DWI after a state trooper stopped him early Sunday for having a faulty muffler.

Myles R. Firey, 54, was pulled over on Eckhardt Road in the Town of Boston at 1:50 a.m. He consented to a breath test and was later was charged with aggravated DWI for having a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.18 percent. He is scheduled to appear in Town of Boston Court on March 28.

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McCarley Gardens fire causes $45,000 damage

A fire caused $45,000 damage to an apartment in McCarley Gardens in the city's Clinton-Hickory neighborhood shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday.

There were no injuries in the blaze that broke out in the living room of a home at 13 Echols Lane. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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