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Police release photo in Dec. 25 theft caper

Buffalo police have released surveillance photos of the man believed to have stolen two credit cards from a parked car on Claremont Avenue Dec. 25.

Northwest District detectives said that within hour of the theft, the credit cards were used at the Tops and Wegmans outlets on Amherst Street. Call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or Text a Tip at (716) 847-2255; or email the department at www.bpdny.org.

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Vacant home on Fillmore catches fire Saturday night

A vacant house on Fillmore Avenue went up in flames Saturday evening.

Firefighters were called at 7:38 p.m. Saturday to extinguish a blaze at a 2 1/2 -story house at 1038 Fillmore, officials said.

The fire caused an estimated $40,000 damage. The cause is under investigation.

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Erratic driving tip results in DWI charge

A Lackawanna man was charged with driving while intoxicated early Saturday.

A citizen's complaint about erratic driving led an Erie County sheriff's deputy to stop Richard A. Baillieux on Route 219 in Boston. Baillieux, 31, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested.

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Two accused of stealing scrap metal from home

Two men were arrested on burglary charges Saturday for taking scrap metal from a home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Bradley E. Gabel, 25, of Gowanda, and Seneca Mohawk, 31, of Brant, were charged with second-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, second-degree trespass and petit larceny, officials said.

The two are accused of taking the scrap metal from inside an empty house on Brant Reservation Road in Brant about 9 a.m. Saturday.

The suspects' truck was stopped, and Deputy Nathan Bork allegedly found the scrap metal and some other small items in the vehicle, deputies said. Both were arraigned in North Collins Town Court. Gabel was released on his own recognizance and Mohawk is in Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,000 bail.

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Peace Bridge arrest lands Guelph man in hot water

A Guelph, Ont., man arrested at the Peace Bridge Thursday is accused of attempting to bring child pornography into the United States.

Terence Keleher, 61, was turned over to Homeland Security Investigation agents and charged with the federal criminal offense of transportation of child pornography.

Keleher initially said he was entering the U.S. to visit a friend but was unable to provide specific information and became the subject of a secondary inspection, authorities said.

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Damage placed at $40,000 after fire on Goodyear Ave.

A fire early Saturday at 580 Goodyear Ave. caused $30,000 damage to the two-story house and $10,000 to contents, Buffalo fire officials said. Firefighters received the call at 12:45 a.m.

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Falls man opened car door on bicyclist, police say

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city resident was charged Friday night after he opened his car door in front of a bicyclist who was catapulted over the handlebars and suffered a back injury, Niagara Falls police said.

Derrick L. Evans, 57, of Lockport Street had just parked his car about 8:30 p.m. in the 1600 block of Pine Avenue, police said.

He was charged with opening a door unsafely and having no proof of insurance.

The bicyclist, identified as Thomas S. Frazier Jr., 33,, of Main Street, was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, police said.

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Two women accused of end-of-party robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Caravelle Drive man was robbed of $550 early Saturday, and two women are charged with the crime.

Jenna D. Thomas, 25, and Daneesha S. Jones, 17, both of 24th Street, are charged with second-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny, Niagara Falls police said.

The robbery occurred after the three drank extensively in the victim's home, police said.