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Victim of stabbing identified by police

The young man stabbed inside a Chippewa Street club early Saturday has been identified as Dion Artis of Buffalo, according to Buffalo police spokesman Michael DeGeorge.

Artis, 18, who was stabbed in Club Omega, 42 W. Chippewa, just after 1:30 a.m., according to DeGeorge, remains in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center.

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One hurt, 50 displaced in fire at Holley Hotel

HOLLEY -- One person suffered serious smoke inhalation and 50 people are homeless after a fire tore through the former Holley Hotel about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, according to published reports.

Firefighters from Holley, Brockport, Albion and Clarendon fought the fire in the historic Thomas Street building, which has been converted into a boarding house with 37 apartments. Five people had to be rescued, with others escaping the building on their own, authorities said. The injured man was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital, fire officials said.

Firefighters -- including those from the Holley Fire Department located next-door to the historic hotel -- were able to save the building. Fire officials said the fire may have been triggered by a space heater.

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Pizzeria employee shoved into freezer

A Bailey Avenue pizzeria worker was forced into the freezer by two armed men during a late-morning robbery Saturday.

The gunmen entered the rear door of Avenue Pizza & Submarine, 2916 Bailey, at about 10:30 a.m., according to police. The bandits fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

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Four cats, three dogs perish in house fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- A fire Saturday at 2909 Whirlpool Ave. claimed the lives of four cats and three dogs, authorities said.

The resident of that address told police she discovered the fire after returning home 12:30 p.m. Investigators said the fire started in the kitchen of the home. The woman was being assisted by the Red Cross.

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Dunkirk man accused of attacks on two

SHERIDAN -- A Dunkirk man faces several charges after attacking two people in a Route 5 home shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Gary Voss, 43, of Mullet Street, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation.

He also is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of second-degree harassment.

Voss is accused of punching someone several times in the face and choking and punching another person in front of a young child.

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Aggravated DWI charge lodged in Ripley crash

RIPLEY -- A Sherman man whose vehicle slammed into the front of a building on West Main Street late Saturday has been charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Noah T. Achenbach, 32, posted a blood-alcohol reading of 0.23 percent following the incident that occurred about 11:20 p.m. Investigators said Achenbach passed a red light at South State and West Main streets and lost control of his vehicle, which struck a sign post and smashed into the abandoned building at 4 W. Main.

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Damage placed at $40,000 in Sweet Avenue blaze

A fire shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at 408 Sweet Ave. left $40,000 in damage and remains under investigation, Buffalo fire officials said.

The Red Cross is assisting two residents, authorities said.

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Red Cross assisting 7 chased in West Side fire

The Red Cross is assisting five adults and two children chased from their West Side home by a suspicious fire early Sunday, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to a 1:57 a.m. alarm at 99 Brayton St., southeast of Massachusetts Avenue. The fire started on an outside wall and spread inside, Buffalo fire officials said. Damage was estimated at $12,000. The cause is under investigation.

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Salamanca man charged with forcible touching

SALAMANCA -- A Merden Street man was arrested Saturday by city police on charges that include forcible touching shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday in a Melinda Drive townhouse.

Michael A. Riethmiller, 21, also was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

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East Side barber held up at gunpoint

A Fillmore Avenue barbershop owner was robbed at gunpoint by three men Friday, police said Saturday.

The victim told police that the three men entered his shop sometime Friday, closed the blinds and ordered him to the ground at gunpoint. The bandits made off with his driver's license and $1,000. The three fled onto Verdun Street.