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Shooting victim remains in serious condition

An 18-year-old man remained in serious condition Sunday after being shot on Texas Street, near East Delavan Avenue, Buffalo police said.

Kente Bell, 18, was listed in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center. The attack occurred at about 12:30 a.m. in the 200 block of Texas, just south of East Delavan, three blocks east of Bailey Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255 or email the information by visiting www.bpdny.org and clicking on "Report a Tip."

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Arrest made in robbery of Buffalo State student

Buffalo police made an arrest Sunday just hours after a brazen robbery near Buffalo State College.

Charged with first-degree robbery, a felony, is Willie G. Spearson, 22, of Englewood Avenue, Town of Tonawanda.

The victim, a Buffalo State student, told officers that three men approached him on Letchworth Street near Dart Street, behind the campus. One waved a small handgun and demanded his wallet at about 1:30 a.m.

They drove off with $6 in cash, a debit card and a gift card, after the man later identified as Spearson punched the student in the face, police said in their report.

The victim was able to provide the license plate number of the vehicle, which was impounded. The two other suspects are at large, police reported.

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Two boys injured skiing at Holimont Resort

Two young boys were flown by Mercy Flight helicopter to hospitals following separate skiing accidents Sunday afternoon at Holimont Ski Resort in Ellicottville, Cattaraugus County.

A 6-year-old boy was flown from the private ski club at about 1:20 p.m. with unknown injuries.

A second emergency call came in at about 3:20 p.m. for a 9-year-old boy with facial injuries.

The names and conditions of the boys were not known late Sunday.

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Fire in garbage tote causes damage to house

A fire Sunday evening that started in a garbage tote outside a North Buffalo home caused an estimated $6,000 damage, mostly to the home's exterior.

The blaze was reported shortly after 8 p.m., with flames that climbed an outside wall of the two-family home at 362 Linden Ave., near Colvin Avenue.

No injuries were reported.

Firefighters had flames under control within 10 minutes.

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Felony DWI charged after van is stopped

An Amherst man with two convictions for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI Sunday after an Erie County sheriff's deputy stopped his van in Boston.

Todd J. Mangan, 37, of Nancy Lane, was placed in the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail after refusing to submit to a breath test, deputies said in a news release.

Deputies said they were responding to a complaint of a recklessly driven vehicle when Deputy Ken Hetey stopped the conversion van at about 6 a.m. as it exited the Route 219 Expressway at Rice Road in Boston.

Deputies said Mangan failed a field sobriety test. Later, when checking his driving record, deputies said they found a DWI conviction from Niagara Falls and another from Cheektowaga, both from 2006. Those convictions elevated Sunday's DWI charge from a misdemeanor to a felony count.

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Man arrested on gun charge after chase on East Utica

A Cleveland man was charged with criminal possession of a weapon after a transit authority police officer chased him along East Utica Street.

Jovan Harrison Vereen, 30, was placed in the Erie County Holding Center after his arrest at about 10 a.m. Saturday.

Andre Taibbi, an officer with the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police force, saw Vereen walking along East Utica Street, near Main Street, after receiving a tip from Buffalo police about someone believed to be carrying a 9 mm handgun.

Taibbi said in a report that the man took off when the officer slowed his vehicle, so Taibbi ran after him through some yards on East Ferry Street. He found the man hiding behind some garbage totes at 51 E. Utica. A .380-caliber handgun was found in a tote at 47 E. Utica, officers said in a report.

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Attacker approaches man and stabs him

A Buffalo man says he was stabbed for no reason early Sunday.

The victim told police that the attacker approached him while he was walking near 76 Forman St. at about 12:30 a.m. and asked, "Where are you from?"

The victim said he was then stabbed once in the left side of his chest. An ambulance took him to Erie County Medical Center for treatment.

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Guiter stolen from home on West Delavan

A burglar swiped a guitar Saturday from a home on West Delavan Avenue.

The owner, who lives in the 600 block, told police that the thief pried open his front door and took a red Epiphone guitar valued at about $300.