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Salamanca woman, 27, shot multiple times

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

The woman, whose name was not released, 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.

The victim, DeGeorge added, was expected to undergo surgery at the medical center.

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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, according to police reports.

Following his arraignment before County Justice Michael Griffith, Marshall was sent to the County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Man allegedly tried to arrange sex meeting

An Attica man faces federal coercion and enticement charges and up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine, if convicted, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Paul J. Havlen Jr., 46, is accused of sending emails and text messages to a person he believed to be a 15-year-old boy. Havlen allegedly tried arranging a meeting with the boy at Attica Memorial Park to smoke marijuana and engage in sexual activity.

Havlen was arrested when he arrived at the park to meet the boy after not realizing he had actually been exchanging emails and text messages with law enforcement officers, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr.

Havlen pleaded not guilty during an appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott on Tuesday afternoon and was held pending a hearing Dec. 28.

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Vandals in St. Catharines again target Nativity scene

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- For the second time in a week, a Nativity scene at St. Catharines City Hall has been the target of vandals, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Police were called to City Hall just before 7 a.m. Tuesday after the creche on the lawn was found to have been spray-painted. The figures of Joseph, Mary and infant Jesus had their faces spray-painted red with a cardboard sign in front of the exhibit stating "Keep the state separate from religion."

Authorities said that last week, another sign had also been placed at the location with similar sentiments.

Police said that the latest incident occurred between 11 p.m. Monday and 6:47 a.m. Tuesday.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Niagara Regional Police at (905) 688-4111.

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Not-guilty plea entered in stabbing of neighbor

LOCKPORT -- A Wilson man who allegedly stabbed a neighbor Oct. 17 in an argument over barking dogs pleaded not guilty to two felony charges in a Niagara County Court arraignment Tuesday.

Gerald J. Stauder, 67, of Maple Street in the Dorwood mobile home park, was indicted on counts of second-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III continued Stauder jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail originally set in Town Court.

The victim, Dwayne S. Klumpp, 50, was hospitalized for several days after being knifed in the abdomen, Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman said.

Murphy said he was influenced in his bail decision by the fact that the Sheriff's Office Emergency Response Team had to storm Stauder's trailer after a seven-hour standoff.

Stauder said he didn't trust deputies because they had failed to respond to his satisfaction in previous complaints.

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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.