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Girl sexually assaulted on her way to school

A juvenile schoolgirl was sexually assaulted and robbed Tuesday morning on her way to school, the victim's mother told Buffalo police.

She reported that at about 6:20 a.m., her daughter was on her way to school when a male wearing a ski mask grabbed her from behind and dragged her into a driveway on Newburgh Avenue. There, he punched her in the side of her head and sexually assaulted her, according to police reports.

The victim's cellphone was taken, and the assailant fled north on Newburgh, reports stated.

Northeast District police were investigating.

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Salamanca woman, 27, shot multiple times

A 27-year-old Salamanca woman was shot multiple times about 8:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Bailey-Kensington neighborhood, Buffalo Police said.

Amber Crouse was taken to Erie County Medical Center and was released after treatment, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Northeast District Police detectives are investigating the shooting, which occurred at Bailey and Hastings avenues.

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Ex-City Hall worker gets probation in airport probe

A former City Hall worker was sentenced to two years' probation Tuesday in connection with a federal probe into smuggling and security violations at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Regina McCullen, a former employee of the Buffalo City Clerk's Office, pleaded guilty in August to a felony charge of creating a false identification document.

As part of her plea deal, McCullen admitted creating a false birth certificate for a local drug dealer who used the document to travel between Buffalo and Phoenix under a false identity.

Authorities said McCullen's conviction resulted from an ongoing FBI investigation into Minetta Walker, a former Transportation Security Administration officer who has admitted helping a local drug gang smuggle cash through the Buffalo airport.

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Four squatters assisted after fire in vacant houses

The Red Cross was called to assist four squatters staying in one of two vacant houses consumed by fire early Tuesday on Busti Avenue, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters responding to a 3:17 a.m. alarm at 461 Busti, near Pennsylvania Street, found both the second floor and the attic in flames. The blaze left an estimated $60,000 damage to that house, which was torn down later Tuesday morning.

The fire also left an estimated $10,000 damage next door, at 463 Busti.

The cause of the suspicious fire remains under investigation.

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Home on Hagen Street damaged by gunfire

A Hagen Street woman's home was damaged by gunfire Tuesday afternoon, according to Buffalo police reports.

Witnesses told Northeast District police that two people started shooting at each other from the driveways in the 200 block of Hagen. The victim whose home was hit by the gunfire told police that shots struck a pillar as well as a front and side banister at her house.

Four .45-caliber shells were found in a nearby driveway, reports stated.

No injuries were reported.

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Arrest made as knife is thrown at officer

A Lorry Drive man is accused of throwing a knife at a West Seneca police officer after police were called to his parents' home.

Richard Marks, 20, was charged with menacing a police officer, a Class D felony after police responded to a call from his parents at about 7 p.m. Monday. Police said Marks had been verbally and physically abusive toward them. According to police, Marks was intoxicated when they arrived and was holding a kitchen knife above his head in a threatening manner.

Police said Marks refused to drop the knife after being ordered several times to do so by officers on the scene. Instead, they said, Marks threw the knife at Officer William Pelow, who was uninjured. Police said a Taser was used to subdue Marks, who also faces charges of resisting arrest and harassment. He was arraigned by Town Justice Jeffrey Harrington, who set bail at $5,000.

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Man accused in rapes held on $50,000 bail

WARSAW -- A 19-year-old Warsaw man has been arrested on multiple rape charges for allegedly having illegal sexual activity with three Wyoming County females he had befriended, state police at Warsaw reported Tuesday.

Troopers accused Scott J. Marshall of the illegal acts that occurred between May and October of this year, at residences in both the Village of Warsaw and the Town of Covington in Wyoming County.

Marshall has been charged with one count of first-degree rape, three counts of third-degree rape, along with criminal sexual act and sexual misconduct, police reported. Following his arraignment before County Justice Michael Griffith, Marshall was sent to the County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.