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Armed robber targets vehicle, fires at driver

Police are searching for a robber who pointed a gun at the head of a 12-year-old girl sitting in a vehicle at about 4:25 p.m. Wednesday at Herman and Sycamore streets.

The bandit demanded money and property from the driver, who complied. The robber fled but fired shots at the driver when he started to follow him, police said. The shots hit the vehicle, police added.

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Cause of fatal fire still under investigation

The fire that killed a 47-year-old Buffalo man early Wednesday remains under investigation.

Calvin Lamont Richardson was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center shortly after firefighters pulled him from his burning apartment at 144 Northland Ave., Buffalo fire officials said.

The fire broke out at 12:28 a.m. on the second floor of a rear garage apartment, officials said.

A firefighter from Ladder 6 pulled Richardson from the 2 1/2 -story building. It took 46 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control. Damage was estimated at $20,000 to the building and $5,000 to contents, officials said.

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Buffalo man charged in crack cocaine sale

ALLEGANY -- A Buffalo man has been charged as a result of an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in the Town of Allegany, Olean police said.

Anthony Drayton Jr., 34, of Broadway, was charged in federal court with several felonies, including possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base.

The arrest followed an undercover operation during which Drayton allegedly sold crack cocaine to non-uniformed officers multiple times in the parking lot of an Allegany business, police said.

Drayton has previously been arrested on drug-related offenses, according to police.

A Buffalo woman, Mecca S. Steward, 20 of Marine Drive, was arrested along with Drayton on marijuana possession charges.

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Buffalo man arrested on child support warrant

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Buffalo man has been arrested on a warrant from Cattaraugus County Family Court for failure to pay child support.

Cleveland A.C. Howell III, 31, of Rommel Avenue, was taken into custody Friday by sheriff's deputies. Following arraignment in Ellicottville Town Court, Howell was taken to the the county jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

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Man trying to force entry falls from roof, flees police

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane man who fell from a roof while trying to force his way into a woman's Jackson Street house Tuesday, then fled from police custody at the hospital

Anthony G. Workman Jr., 29, of Transit Road, was arraigned in City Court on Wednesday on felony charges of aggravated criminal contempt, second-degree assault and second-degree burglary, and also was charged with third-degree escape and endangering the welfare of a child. He was remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Police said the victim had an order of protection, and Workman showed up at her door just after noon Tuesday. Police said after the victim closed the door, she spotted him on her roof, trying to force his way in through a window.

Police said the woman fought to keep Workman from entering the house, and he slid off the roof. Meanwhile, A 1-year-old child was near the open window.

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Buffalo man, 57, fined in aggravated DWI case

A Buffalo man was spared a jail term Wednesday but fined $1,000 and barred from driving for the next year by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka on his guilty plea to aggravated drunken driving with a child under 16.

Johnny Steele, 57, of Gibson Street, also was ordered to install an ignition interlock device in any vehicle he drives while on probation for the next five years.

Prosecutor Bethany A. Solek said Steele had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19 percent, more than twice the state's legal limit, when he was stopped at about 8 p.m. last Oct. 30 on Bailey Avenue with a boy and a girl, both dressed in Halloween costumes, in his vehicle.

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Fire damages business on boardwalk in Olcott

OLCOTT -- A fire damaged a waterfront business in the 5900 block of Ontario Street shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said Theresa A. Schmitt, of Just Lookin' Antiques, was closing the shop when she saw flames, which spread quickly across the ceiling. Mark Dudkowski, of the nearby Boardwalk Grill & Seafood Bar, attempted to extinguish the blaze out with a fire extinguisher and also used a garden hose until the Olcott Volunteer Fire Deparment arrived.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation. No damage estimate was given.

Dudkowski suffered minor smoke inhalation but declined medical treatment at the scene, officials said.

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