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Man charged in attack, rape of woman in alley

A Buffalo man was charged with first-degree rape and first-degree criminal sex act for allegedly dragging a woman into an alley and attacking her early Saturday morning.

Police charged Adrian Henning, 22, of Berkshire Avenue after a woman told police that she was punched, choked and then dragged into a Wyoming Avenue alley at 3:10 a.m., then sexually assaulted.

Police said Henning was found in the alley with the naked victim and charged at the scene.

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Police investigating 2 shooting incidents

Two apparently unrelated shootings were reported Saturday morning, according to Buffalo police.

One victim said that as he was outside his vehicle, a silver Highlander with four suspects pulled up and fired multiple rounds into his vehicle at 3:20 a.m. on East Delevan Avenue. Police responding to a call of shots fired reported recovering 19 shells.

In another case, in the 100 block of Longview Street, a woman said a shot was fired into an upper bedroom window of her home at 4 a.m., damaging the double pane glass.

Police were continuing to investigate both incidents.

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Clerk shuts register, foiling robbery bid

A store clerk at Buz 'N Bee and Seneca Liquors, at 2097 Seneca St., told Buffalo police that a man attempted to force his way into the cash register drawer just before 4 a.m. Saturday.

The clerk told police that the man tried to buy beer, which the store doesn't sell after 3 a.m., so when she refused to sell him alcohol he bought several packs of gum. She said when she opened her drawer he tried to stick his hand into the open drawer saying, "Gimme what you got." The clerk said she slammed the drawer shut and the man fled without any cash.

The suspect is described as 5-foot, 8-inches; 230-pounds, heavy build, brown eyes, dark skin, shaved head, scruffy facial features, and wearing a black leather jacket, police said.

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Man accused of punching woman repeatedly in face

A Hertel Avenue man was charged with felony assault Saturday, accused of beating a woman and possibly breaking bones in her face.

A woman in the 1900 block of Hertel Avenue told police that the suspect punched her several times in the face just before 11:50 p.m. Friday, causing severe swelling, bruising, and possibly breaking bones. The victim was taken to Erie County Medical Center by ambulance, police said.

The suspect, Scott A. Bitterman, 41, was arrested by police just after midnight and charged with second-degree assault.

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Elderly woman bilked of more than $15,000

NIAGARA FALLS -- Detectives are probing a case of fraud in which an elderly city woman was bilked out of more than $15,000 by criminals in two foreign countries.

The 80-year-old victim told police she received a call on Nov. 18, purportedly from her grandson, claiming that he had been arrested and needed money for bail. She wired $3,000 via Western Union to a location in Mexico City, Mexico, and was requested to do the same the next day, which she did.

On Nov. 22, the same person called claiming to need $9,600 to make "reparations" in Lima, Peru. Again, the amount was wired to the caller. The woman contacted police after learning recently that the caller was not her grandson.

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Cash, liquor stolen from Falls restaurant

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a thief may have hidden inside a Main Street restaurant after closing early Friday, before stealing a cash register and several bottles of liquor.

Jo Jo's Smokehouse had hosted a private party earlier in the evening and had closed at around 12:30 a.m. Friday, police said. An alarm went off a little more than an hour later, but police could find no signs of forced entry.

An inventory is being conducted to determine the extent of the loss.

Also reporting a burglary was a Jordan Gardens woman, who said that her apartment was broken into sometime over the past two weeks while she was away. A rear kitchen window was broken to gain entry, and an Xbox 360 video game console, two portable televisions and a radio were stolen, at an estimated loss of $575.

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Man stopped on warrants faces drug, weapons counts

A Buffalo man stopped on a warrant Saturday afternoon was found carrying drugs and a loaded weapon.

Terrance A. Colvin, 25, of East Ferry Street, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a weapon, felony second-degree criminal possession of a loaded firearm, and felony first-degree prison contraband.

Colvin was stopped in a city deli on Niagara Street just after 5 p.m. for warrants out of the cities of Tonawanda and Niagara Falls and was found in possession of an unknown amount of crack cocaine in a front pocket, police said. Detectives found a .380 caliber pistol lying on the floor of his vehicle, which had one round in the chamber and five rounds in the magazine.

Colvin reportedly threatened police, telling an officer that he could have shot him and will kill him when he is released.