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No one injured in collision of car and fire truck

A Buffalo fire truck responding to a call was struck by a car near Bailey Avenue and Westminster Avenue at about 4 p.m. Wednesday. Initial reports indicate there were no injuries. Police officials said the cause of the accident remains under investigation, and charges were not immediately filed against the driver of the vehicle.

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Same suspect sought in two bank robberies

Police believe the same bandit has struck two downtown Buffalo bank branches in two days.

Descriptions of the man who gave a teller a note demanding money at the Bank of America branch at 420 Main St. at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday match those of the thief who held up the Northwest Savings Bank branch at 295 Main St. Tuesday morning.

He is described as a black man with a mustache and facial hair, about 5-foot-7, and wearing a dark puffy vest and a green hat with fur trim. Buffalo Detective Chief Dennis J. Richards said no weapon was displayed in Wednesday's robbery.

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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Police ID suspects in botched burglary

Buffalo police Wednesday named the three young Buffalo men arrested when officers interrupted a burglary in progress Tuesday afternoon in a mobile home parked on Kentucky Street.

Christopher Toner, 20, and Joshua White, 18, were quickly arrested at Ohio and Miami streets at about 4:30 p.m., but Joshua Kossman, 17, had to be pulled out of the icy waters of the Buffalo River, at the foot of Ohio Street, after he jumped in trying to escape, police said.

All three are being held on felony third-degree arson counts, as well as burglary, criminal possession of burglar's tools, criminal mischief and petit larceny charges. They are accused of burglarizing the mobile home and a dump truck, and trying to burn down the mobile home by turning on its gas stove and setting fire to a bath towel, police said.

Kossman also was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration for jumping into the Buffalo River. He was apprehended by Officer Joseph Doxbeck, who went into the water to arrest him, according to police reports.

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Suspect, 19, arrested in Halloween rape case

Darnell J. Curry, 19, is being held on first- and third-degree rape charges for allegedly sexually assaulting a 24-year-old Buffalo woman in her flat late last Halloween, Buffalo police reported Wednesday.

Following an extended investigation, Curry was reportedly taken into custody in Buffalo Police Headquarters at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. He is accused of raping the woman and sexually engaging her when she was incapable of consent.

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Firefighter injured during intense blaze

One Buffalo firefighter was examined for minor injuries as crews dealt with a fire in a vacant Goembel Avenue house at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Fire officials said the blaze, which caused about $35,000 damage to the building, got so intense at one point that firefighters had to leave the building. The cause remains under investigation.

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Three charged in sale of cigarettes to minor

Three Buffalo men were arrested Monday and charged with selling cigarettes to minors. The alleged sales were made to a 16-year-old who was working undercover with police, and occurred on Kensington and Northland avenues and East Amherst Street.

Charges of second-degree unlawful dealing with a child were brought against Gabr M. Saleh, 36, of Kensington Avenue; Ahmed Masroor, 26, of East Amherst Street; and Tu Nguyen, 41, of Walton Avenue.

All three were released pending future court proceedings.

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Police probe shooting at Peckham, Monroe streets

Buffalo police continue to investigate the wounding of a man at Peckham and Monroe streets at about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday.

The 19-year-old man, whose name was not released, was treated in Erie County Medical Center for a gunshot wound to the arm. Police said that after he fled the shooting scene, he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance.

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Two arrested in raid on methamphetamine lab

NEW HUDSON -- Two Allegany County men were arrested and jailed Wednesday as a combined force of state and federal lawmen raided a methamphetamine manufacturing operation on Rawson Road in the Town of New Hudson following a six-month investigation.

Jarod T. Poulin, 21, who lived at the site of the raid, and Brady J. Demick, 25, of Carpenter Hill Road, Cuba, are held in Allegany County Jail in Belmont in lieu of $20,000 bail.