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Buffalo man accused of threat at protest site

A Buffalo man faces attempted robbery and other charges after allegedly threatening a man at the Occupy Buffalo site in Niagara Square and stealing a cellphone from his tent, according to Buffalo police.

Todd J. Henderson, 21, is accused of brandishing a gravity knife that the victim originally mistook as a gun when he flagged down Buffalo police.

Henderson was tracked down by Northeast District Officer Derrick Banaszak and found to have the knife in his pocket, police said.

Along with attempted robbery, Henderson was charged with criminal possession of a weapon, false personation and menacing.

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Buffalo man charged after BBs hit buses

A Buffalo man faces various charges after allegedly firing at two school buses with a BB gun Wednesday morning in South Buffalo, according to Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Richmond Gibson, 18, was charged with criminal mischief and reckless endangerment in the 6:45 a.m. incident at Houston and Hopkins streets.

There were no students on board either bus at the time of the shootings. One window was damaged on one of the buses and a door was struck by a BB on another, police said.

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Intoxicated man with gun surrenders peacefully

A report of an intoxicated man with a gun inside a Lancaster home was resolved peacefully early Wednesday with his arrest, according to police.

Lancaster police were dispatched to Brady Avenue in the village after receiving a call at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday. Responding officers learned that a highly intoxicated 44-year-old man, armed with a shotgun, was inside with his two teenage daughters.

Officers were able to contact the girls and instructed them to leave; they were led to safety.

The police department's Emergency Response Team was sent to the home and initially was unsuccessful in several attempts to contact the man. After approximately three hours, police said, telephone contact was made.

Following a lengthy conversation with a negotiator, the man came out of the house and was taken into custody without incident, police said.

The man, whose name was withheld by police, was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of menacing. He was taken to Erie County Medical Center for a mental health evaluation.

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Deputy struck by car is taken to ECMC

An Erie County sheriff's deputy was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center after he was struck by a car at South Elmwood Avenue and West Eagle Street at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

The accident occurred after the motorist, headed west on West Eagle and making a left turn onto South Elmwood, apparently failed to see the deputy and struck him.

The deputy was felled by the impact and struck his head on the road. There was no apparent damage to the car.

The deputy, whose name was not immediately available, was being taken to the hospital for evaluation of head and neck pain, according to authorities.

The investigation was continuing by Central District police.

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Semi catches fire after tires explode

A tractor-trailer caught fire Wednesday morning in Hamburg after its tires exploded, officials said.

The incident happened shortly after 8 a.m. on Camp Road, near Legion Drive in the town.

The explosion startled nearby residents, but no injuries were reported.

The truck was hauling computer equipment.

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Apartment fire displaces 17, but no one is injured

A fire in a unit at the Haskell I. Stovroff Apartments in Cheektowaga on Tuesday night displaced 17 people, but no one was injured, fire and Red Cross officials said.

The fire started at about 7:45 p.m. in a second-floor unit of the apartment complex on Alpine Road, said Chief Leonard Luh of the Pine Hill Hose Company, the primary responder to the two-alarm fire.

All residents evacuated their apartments on their own.

Firefighters put out the fire and shut off the sprinklers, which took longer than expected to drain, causing water damage to several units.

Fire officials said the blaze was likely sparked by careless use of a cigarette.

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DEA agents arrest man in pill trafficking

A Westchester County man faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $1 million fine in connection with prescription pill trafficking between the Big Apple and Western New York, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Wednesday.

Charles O'Garro, 27, of Yorktown Heights, who was employed as a pharmacy technician in Mohegan Lake, allegedly tried to sell a large quantity of prescription medication in a Niagara Falls Boulevard, Amherst, parking lot on Monday. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents said they seized more than 350 oxycodone, hydrocodone and Xanax tablets from O'Garro.