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Sleeping at stop sign leads to a DWI arrest

BASOM -- Police said they arrested a Genesee County man for driving while intoxicated over the weekend after finding him asleep in a car that was stopped at a stop sign.

Charles L. Muntz, 22, of Crosby Road, Basom, was arrested early Saturday after Genesee County sheriff's deputies found him asleep at the wheel on Griffin Road on the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

Muntz was also charged with parking on a public highway, deputies said.

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Two men are shot at on Paderewski Drive

Buffalo police are investigating the weekend shootings of two men who said a man opened fire on them after another man drove them to a garage on Paderewski Drive.

Randy Rogers, 22, and James Dixon, 42, both of Buffalo, told police a man shot at them from a used car garage on Paderewski near Fillmore Avenue on Saturday evening.

When they arrived at the garage, police said, a man began shooting, striking Rogers in the left knee and right shoulder and Dixon in the buttocks. Both were released after treatment in Erie County Medical Center.

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Fire in Gasport leaves house uninhabitable

GASPORT -- A Friday night fire at a home on Telegraph Road left the residence uninhabitable, Niagara County sheriff's investigators said.

Crews from four fire companies battled the 9:49 p.m. blaze at 7963 Telegraph Road, which appeared to start in the area of a chimney. Residents noticed smoke coming from the chimney area and vented some windows, then saw flames around the exterior chimney area from a rear porch.

Crews from the Terry's Corners, Wrights Corners, Gasport and Middleport fire companies were dispatched, but the fire quickly spread from the ground floor to the second floor and eventually the attic of the home. By the time the fire was brought under control, extensive damage had been done to the home. No official cause or damage estimate were given, pending further investigation.

The displaced family was to stay with local relatives in the wake of the fire, deputies said. No one was injured.

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Arrest made in theft of bulletproof vest, badge

A 41-year-old West Side man was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly stole a bulletproof vest, a police badge and other police items from a state Department of Environmental Conservation police car.

Buffalo police charged Richard M. Davey of 15th Street shortly after the early-morning crime on Auburn Avenue, where the DEC car was parked.

Buffalo officers returned the stolen items -- which also included ammunition, binoculars and pepper spray -- to the DEC police officer.

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Burglary at winery causes $700 damage

CAMBRIA -- Two men fled on foot after breaking into the Honeymoon Trail Winery on Ridge Road early Saturday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

The burglars stole an undetermined amount of change and caused about $700 damage to the facility during the break-in between 5:09 and 6 a.m. Surveillance video shows two men wearing hoodies and masks standing outside, before one uses a hammer to break out a front window.

Only one of the men actually entered the building, removing a cash drawer from a register and breaking some wine bottles on the floor behind the bar.

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Gang assault victim is beaten and stabbed

A Buffalo man was listed in stable condition Sunday in Erie County Medical Center after he was beaten and stabbed in a gang assault at Fillmore and Rodney avenues.

About six people attacked the victim, Edmund Moore, near a tavern at about 3:15 a.m., Buffalo police said.

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Traffic stop yields marijuana and crack

A Buffalo man who was allegedly driving with a suspended license Thursday was also found with cocaine and marijuana, state police said.

Demonde C. Allen, 19, was initially stopped by troopers at Walden Avenue and Woltz Street for not wearing a seat belt, police said. A search of his vehicle uncovered 500 milligrams of crack cocaine in a plastic bag and three plastic bags containing marijuana.

Allen was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, misdemeanor criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

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DWI charge includes possession of marijuana

A Lackawanna woman was arrested early Saturday on multiple charges including driving while intoxicated after she was stopped for speeding in the Village of Lancaster, state police said.

Caitlin M. Ripley, 21, was pulled over by troopers at about 3:45 a.m. on Broadway. She was allegedly going 53 mph in a 30-mph zone.

After being arrested, police found a small amount of marijuana in her possession. A driver's license check also showed it had been suspended.

Ripley was issued tickets for DWI, possession of marijuana and third-degree aggravated unlicensed driving.

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