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Suspect being sought in Citizens Bank holdup

Buffalo police are looking for the man who held up the Citizens Bank branch in the 400 block of Main Street at about 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Police said the suspect handed a teller a note and made off with an undisclosed amount of money.

Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives, would not say if the same man who robbed two other Main Street banks earlier this week is under suspicion in the latest heist.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text the confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit information via the department's "Report a Tip" function on its website, bpdny.org.

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Police say man burglarized gas station twice in a week

Khaled H. Yaghi, 28, was charged with burglarizing a Hopkins Street gas station early Thursday -- for the second time in less than a week. Shortly after Thursday's 12:30 a.m. break-in, police followed his bloody sneaker tracks from the store to an address in the 1600 block of South Park Avenue, where he was arrested.

Yaghi is being held on third-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny, criminal mischief and petit larceny charges for allegedly smashing the glass panels on the door at the Stop and Gas station at 363 Hopkins and stealing cigarettes and cash.

After he was arrested, additional third-degree burglary and criminal mischief charges were lodged at the Erie County Holding Center for an early morning break-in at the same Hopkins Street gas station Feb. 17.

Yaghi was accused of throwing a cinder block through the station's front door, causing an estimated $280 damage to the door during the first break-in, which also involved the theft of cigarettes.

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Police probe shooting in Masten-Woodlawn area

Buffalo police continue to investigate the shooting of a man in the Masten-Woodlawn avenues area at about 1 p.m. Friday.

Northeast District officers said the man, whose age was not immediately available, was taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot would to his leg.

Police said at least one car in the vicinity was struck by gunfire, and several other vehicles were struck by a car that sped from the scene. Detectives continued to interview witnesses late Friday.

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12-year sentence given to Buffalo drug dealer

WARSAW -- A Buffalo man was sentenced Thursday to up to 12 years in state prison, but given a chance to seek prison health services for drug addiction and a possible early release on parole.

Antoine Jones, 26, pleaded guilty to criminal sale of drugs. Wyoming County District Attorney Donale G. O'Geen said Jones and his now-imprisoned co-defendant, Raymond Van Voorhis, came from Buffalo to Warsaw in late December 2009 to sell crack cocaine, and the pair broke into the apartment of one user who couldn't pay, stealing her flat-screen TV.

VanVoorhis, 27, is serving two to four years on his third-degree burglary plea in the case, the prosecutor said.

"The message to people dealing crack cocaine is clear," O'Geen said. "If you get caught dealing in this county, there is a high likelihood that you are going to prison."

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Marijuana importer gets 45 months in prison

Mohammed Abdellatif, 29, of Grand Island, was sentenced Friday to 45 months in prison on his conspiracy conviction for importing at least 80 kilograms of marijuana into this country from Canada.

Prosecutor Thomas S. Duszkiewicz said Abdellatif and others were arrested after one of their couriers was stopped at the Rainbow Bridge Aug. 7, 2008, with nearly 15 pounds of marijuana hidden in her car.

During a subsequent court-approved search of Abdellatif's house, lawmen seized an AR-15 rifle and three magazines with over 60 rounds of ammunition.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara imposed three years of supervised release after Abdellatif serves his term.

Mohammed's brother, Ayman Abdellatif, 32, of Niagara Falls, was sentenced to 46 months in prison by Arcara three months ago on his conspiracy conviction. Their courier was placed on probation by Arcara last week.

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Man accused of choking woman unconscious

Dwayne Quicksey, 49, of Hutchinson Street, is accused of choking a woman into unconsciousness as they argued in his home Wednesday night, Buffalo police reported Friday.

Quicksey is charged with second-degree strangulation and fourth-degree criminal mischief for the non-fatal incident at about 8:30 p.m. as he and the woman argued.

Police also charged the Quicksey with breaking the victim's cellphone by repeatedly stomping on it as they argued before he began choking her.