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Troopers seeking suspect in cellphone theft

Troopers in Clarence are searching for a suspect who stole a cellphone from a Radio Shack store in Alden, state police reported.

Police said the theft occurred about 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot-10, 220-pound white male with a brown mustache and goatee. The suspect was wearing glasses along with a black hat, a Harley Davidson T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact troopers at 759-6831.

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Missing Buffalo boy, 8, found in Tonawanda

An 8-year-old Buffalo boy reported missing Wednesday night was located in the Town of Tonawanda and returned safely home by Buffalo police, police said Thursday.

Tyshawn Askia had last been seen in the area of the Kenfield/Langfield housing complex on the city's far East Side at about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday.

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Police say man fought with cabbie, bit officer

A 31-year-old man was arrested early Wednesday after fighting with a cabbie over his fare and then biting a police officer, Buffalo police said.

Brendon N. Brauckhoff, no address available, is accused of fighting with a Liberty Cab driver at about 3:20 a.m. Wednesday while traveling north on Elmwood Avenue, near Bidwell Parkway, according to police reports.

Brauckhoff allegedly refused to pay the $45 fare and did more than $200 damage to the taxi's dashboard and meter, police said.

While being interviewed by police, he allegedly spat on and threatened the officers. Brauckhoff also bit the right hand of an officer while at Erie County Medical Center, reports said.

He was charged with second-degree assault, second-degree harassment, fourth-degree criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and theft of services.

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Woman hospitalized after being stung by scorpion

LOCKPORT -- A 23-year-old Town of Lockport woman was admitted to Eastern Niagara Hospital on Wednesday after being stung by a scorpion hiding in a box.

The woman, an employee of Johnson-Rose Corp. on Crown Drive in the town industrial park, told Niagara County sheriff's deputies she was stung about 2 p.m., as she was removing items from a cardboard box.

She killed the scorpion with another box, but an emergency room doctor said the victim went into anaphylactic shock as a result of the sting, and would probably be hospitalized for a couple of days.

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Grand Island man facing second DWI count

A Grand Island man already facing charges in an aggravated driving while intoxicated case in June was arrested again Thursday afternoon and charged with DWI and felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

George S. Spratford, 55, was driving with a conditional license that was suspended pending prosecution in the earlier arrest this year, sheriff's officials reported.

Spratford was arrested after sheriff's officials on Grand Island responded to a 911 call about 4 p.m. to the Wilson Farms store on Love Road for the report of a suspected intoxicated person in the parking lot there.

Spratford was released on tickets to appear in Grand Island Town Court at a later date. Additional charges are pending the results of a blood test, police said.

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Signed Gretzky jersey stolen from office

The Great One has been retired for a dozen years already, however, it doesn't mean his swag is any less in demand, even in Buffalo, according to Buffalo police reports.

A Buffalo businessman reported to police that sometime early Tuesday a burglar broke into his office in the 200 block of Main Street and stole a signed Wayne Gretzky jersey.

According to reports, the thief damaged the door handle and lock to get into the office. A surveillance video showed the suspect was a muscular built, 5-foot-10 black male who wore a black baseball hat with a white emblem. He had a medium colored T-shirt with a white graphic on the lower right front and long dark jean shorts with low-top white Nike sneakers trimmed in a dark color around the ankles, reports stated.

Central District police were investigating the theft.

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Thieves take bar's beer but can't budge TV

Beer was taken, coolers were damaged and thieves were unsuccessful in stealing a flat-screen television set from the outside patio of Templeton Landing near the Erie Basin Marina late Tuesday or early Wednesday, according to Buffalo police reports.

A representative for the business told police that a surveillance video shows two males entering the bar area of the waterfront restaurant between 2:20 and 3:30 a.m.

Once inside the enclosed patio area, the burglars damaged the coolers and took beer. They cut cords and bolts to the television but couldn't make off with the item.

Central District police were investigating.