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Crack pipes, stolen goods found in Lovejoy home

Buffalo police responded to a 911 call at an East Lovejoy Street home Sunday to assist probation officers who found several crack pipes and stolen property in the house.

Six crack pipes were found on a bedroom dresser and two more on a living room table.

Two pipes were found on a 33-year-old male suspect and one pipe in the purse of a 51-year-old female suspect, according to the police report.

Also recovered were numerous pieces of stolen property, thought to be from a liquor store burglary and a CSX Railroad burglary.

Arrests and charges were pending.

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Officer punched in nose trying to stop fight

A Buffalo police officer trying to break up a fight early Sunday morning on Delaware Avenue was punched in the nose.

Jesus M. Ojeda-Ponce, 29, of Seventh Street, was charged with second-degree assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration. He was accused of being involved in a violent altercation with others at 185 Delaware Ave. at about 4:25 a.m.

Ojeda-Ponce also was accused of swinging at Officer Patrick Murtha and striking him in the nose, causing a cut and bleeding.

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2 drivers charged with DWI in Springville traffic stops

Erie County sheriff's deputies report that they arrested two motorists for driving while intoxicated in separate incidents Saturday night.

A 17-year-old driver from Orchard Park was stopped on West Main Street in Springville for what Deputy Jason Bouton called "extremely erratic operation." In addition to DWI, he was charged with possession of open alcoholic beverages in his vehicle and multiple traffic infractions. He refused a breath test and was released to his father on appearance tickets.

Dwight D. Hebdon, 24, of West Valley, was charged with DWI and traffic infractions after Deputy Don Hoelscher stopped him for erratic driving on South Central Avenue in Springville. A breath test showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, Hoelscher said. He was released on appearance tickets.

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Teen accused of using knife to threaten people at party

A 17-year-old male accused of using a knife to threaten others at a house party in Clarence was charged Sunday with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment.

The Town of Royalton teenager was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail. Erie County sheriff's deputies did not release his name.

Deputies responded to a report of an incident on Tonawanda Creek Road, near Rapids Road, in the Town of Clarence early Sunday morning. No one was injured. Deputies located the defendant later.

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Fire extinguished in garage that housed propane tanks

A Clarence Center garage containing propane tanks gave firefighters some frightening moments Sunday.

Damage to the garage and nearby house at 7665 Goodrich Road, owned by David Gawel, was estimated at $45,000. Clarence Center and Clarence firefighters battled the fire shortly before 3:30 a.m. and knocked down the flames in about 15 minutes, according to Amherst Fire Control. Cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Riot at Rapids Theater echoes 4th of July incident

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police faced an unruly, drunken and combative crowd exiting a fraternity Halloween party at the Rapids Theater on Sunday morning in a near carbon-copy of a riot that occurred there this summer.

Officers responded to the Main Street theater on several occasions between 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 3:30 p.m. Sunday to deal with reports of fights, disorderly conduct and a robbery. They reported two arrests.

Early Sunday, officers said as many as 1,200 people crowded into the street in front of the theater, blocking traffic, fighting and refusing orders to move on. Many were highly intoxicated, according to reports, and vastly outnumbered both theater security and police.

Town of Niagara police, state police and state parks police were called in to assist and arrested Kaiman Lam, 22, of Queens, on a trespassing charge after he reportedly punched the mirror off a car belonging to a Rapids bartender. Also arrested was Khanha Phakousonh, 28, of Irvine, Calif., who was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Rapids was the scene of a similar disturbance following a private Fourth of July party. Police were intending to contact the State Liquor Authority in the wake of the latest incident.

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Man stabbed in the back walking on Amherst St.

A 48-year-old Buffalo man suffered a punctured right lung late Saturday after being stabbed multiple times in the back, chest and leg.

Police said the victim reported walking westbound in Amherst Street shortly before midnight when he was approached from behind and stabbed.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, but his condition was not available late Sunday.

He told police he had been in an argument with two juveniles wearing dark hoodies shortly before the stabbing.

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