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Woman passed out at home misses visit by burglar

NIAGARA FALLS -- A LaSalle Avenue woman who passed out after a night of drinking was the victim of a burglar who stole her 42-inch TV set, police said.

The unlocked second-floor apartment was entered between 2 and 8:30 a.m. by a burglar who carefully disconnected the DVD player, but did not take it, then made sure to lock the apartment door when he left.

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Victim of stray bullet upgraded to fair condition

The condition of Joseph Anderson, who was hit in the chest by a stray bullet at a Genesee Street nightclub early Friday morning, has been upgraded to fair in Erie County Medical Center, hospital officials said today.

Anderson, 32, who works at the nightclub as a cook, has been moved to a regular room as he recovers from the gunshot wound suffered during a flurry of shots fired from outside Jazzy's Bar at 2227 Genesee St. at about 3 a.m. Friday.

That shooting was part of a spate of recent gun violence in the last few days that claimed the life of an 18-year-old Buffalo man.

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Buffalo man undeterred by 17 driving suspensions

A motorist with 17 current driving suspensions was arrested during a traffic stop on Route 219 in the Town of Boston Saturday afternoon.

Erie County Sheriff's Deputy James Flowers stopped the vehicle for speeding at about 2:30 p.m. on Route 219, near Shero Road, sheriff's officials said.

A license check showed that the driver had 17 current driving suspensions, most of which were for failing to pay fines from local communities in Erie and Monroe counties.

The driver, Ezbon Benti Jodi, 29, of Buffalo, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, sheriff's officials said.

Jodi was arraigned in Town of Boston Court and taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $100 bail.

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Menacing charge lodged in threat with a sword

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 19th Street man accused of threatening two women with a sword about 6 p.m. Friday was charged with second-degree menacing.

Police said Walter H. Garcia, 20, shouted threats at the two as they walked past his home, then grabbed the sword from his vehicle.

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Purse-snatcher on bike targets woman at bus stop

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Lewiston woman had her purse stolen by a passing bicyclist Friday as she waited for a bus to take her to classes at Niagara University, police said.

The victim was sitting at a bus stop at Main and Lockport streets about 2:30 p.m. when a man biking north on Main Street grabbed a cloth bag from her hands and rode off.

The bag contained clothing and personal items. The loss was put at $500.

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Front-porch attack sends man to hospital

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A man was injured about 11 p.m. Friday when he was attacked on the front porch of his Lincoln Place apartment building, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The 42-year-old man was arguing with another man who punched him in the head, then fled, police said. The victim was treated in Eastern Niagara Hospital-Lockport.

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Wrong-way driver faces DWI and other charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- Driving the wrong way on one-way streets early Saturday landed a Niagara Avenue resident with a driving while intoxicated charge, police said.

Curry F. Jones, Jr., 24, was stopped about 1:20 a.m. after driving the wrong way on Ferry Avenue and 22nd Street, police said. Jones also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation.

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South Buffalo stabbing caught on video camera

A man was stabbed in the back and chest with a knife by an unknown assailant in South Buffalo, police said Saturday.

Jeffrey Dumas, no age listed, was treated in Erie County Medical Center, then released. The attack occurred about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at Abbott Road and Cazenovia Street, according to reports.

The Princeton Place victim said a man with dark hair in his late 20s and wearing a green shirt used a switchblade to stab him in the back and chest. The attacker then fled on a red bicycle. Further information was unavailable. The attack was captured on a Buffalo Police Department surveillance camera at the intersection of Abbott and Cazenovia, police said.