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Boy, 13, stabbed twice in altercation over pot

A 13-year-old boy suffered two major cuts to his left forearm when he was stabbed twice during a Friday night fight that broke out in what police described as a marijuana-smoking session in South Buffalo, according to police.

Emergency workers told South District police that the boy, who lives off Seneca Street near Cazenovia Park, probably would need between 10 and 15 stitches for each wound.

The teenager approached a 24-year-old man with a steak knife, according to police reports.

The older man, identified as Butch Heppner, of Zittel Street, took the knife from the juvenile and stabbed him twice, police said.

Officers charged Heppner with second-degree assault, marijuana sale and possession, endangering the welfare of a child and weapons possession, according to arrest reports.

The alleged attack occurred at about 7:25 p.m. Friday in Heppner's residence on Zittel Street, also off Seneca Street, according to police.

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Buffalo man arrested in 2 Snyder break-ins

Amherst police arrested a 22-year-old Buffalo man in connection with two house burglaries early this summer in Snyder, detectives reported.

Darnell Lindsay, of Davidson Avenue, was charged Friday with burglary, following break-ins July 2 on Mount Vernon Road and July 3 on Amherstdale Road.

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Driver asleep with pickup in ditch faces DWI count

An East Aurora man found sleeping behind the wheel of his pickup in a ditch Saturday morning has been charged with driving while intoxicated, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Deputies responded to a call of a pickup in a ditch on Bullis Road in the Town of Marilla at about 6:30 a.m. Following roadside sobriety tests, Paul E. Terwilliger II, 43, was charged with DWI and failing to stay in the traffic lane. Terwilliger refused to submit to a chemical test, according to police reports.

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Two punched, robbed by 3 youths all in white

Two people were punched, one knocked unconscious and the other knocked to the ground, during a robbery early Saturday morning on Buffalo's lower West Side.

The two victims told Central District police that they were approached by three young men in their late teens or early 20s, dressed all in white, at about 3 a.m. at Pennsylvania Street and Plymouth Avenue.

Both were punched in the head and robbed of unspecified items. The thieves fled west on Pennsylvania toward Niagara Street, according to police.

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Check-cashing scheme earns man 4-year sentence

A Shirley Avenue man is headed to prison for up to four years and still must pay back Tops Markets more than $126,000 for fake checks he and associates cashed at various stores.

Haywood Kirkland, 54, last week told State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski that his crimes were the result of a longtime crack cocaine habit.

Kirkland pleaded guilty June 23 to felony counts of first-degree scheme to defraud and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Kirkland had associates cash checks from fake landscaping and health care businesses to feed his crack habit beginning in early 2009, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III and financial crimes prosecutor Candace K. Vogel.

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Burglary suspect admits guilt in unrelated crimes

A Schutrum Street man whose brief burglary spree occurred days after he was arrested for possessing a stolen Buffalo News newspaper box last March pleaded guilty Friday to unrelated felony burglary and stolen property charges.

Donald P. Frost, 20, entered guilty pleas before Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk in connection with March 28 break-ins at the Grant Vinokur Inc. used car dealership at 1657 Broadway in Buffalo and at Alden Mini Store, 13535 Broadway, Alden.

Frost admitted to the used car dealership break-in and admitted to the theft of $17,000 worth of baseball cards and other sports memorabilia and clothing seized at his home April 1. The items had been stolen days earlier from the Alden storage business.

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Olean church destroyed by fire; cause being probed

Fire destroyed the St. Joseph Catholic Maronite Rite Church in Olean Saturday afternoon.

The call came in at 3:28 p.m. and officials declared the fire under control at 5:13 p.m., said Olean Fire Captain Jim Bennett.

The church building is a "total loss," he said.

No injuries were reported. The cause remains under investigation.

"We're working with the church trying to salvage as many of the religious relics that are attainable currently," Bennett said. "That's going to be an ongoing process."

"I ask that everyone in the Diocese of Buffalo keep this parish in their prayers during their time of tremendous loss," said Buffalo Bishop Edward W. Kmiec.