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Buffalo, Lancaster police deal with uncontrolled dogs

Police in Buffalo and Lancaster had to deal with uncontrolled dogs Thursday.

In Buffalo, a 63-year-old East Side man was taken to Buffalo General Medical Center for treatment of serious leg injuries after two of three pit bulls running loose through his neighborhood bit him in the 300 block of Landon Street, near Fillmore Avenue, at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Buffalo police and animal control officers responded to a call about the attack, and the pit bulls were taken to the Buffalo Animal Shelter on Oak Street. Authorities on Wednesday night were still trying to locate the owner or owners of the dogs.

Neighborhood residents told police and firefighters the dogs have recently been terrorizing the neighborhood.

Police had weapons drawn until animal control officers brought the three animals, two males and an apparently pregnant female, under control and placed them in their vehicle.

In Lancaster, an aggressive Italian Bull Mastiff had to be shot by a police officer who was being attacked by the animal near a stone quarry off Pavement and Nichter roads at about 7:40 p.m. Thursday.

The Lancaster officer, who had been sent to the location to check on another incident, was not injured and the animal was taken by its owner to a local animal hospital for treatment of the gunshot wound, police said.

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Grand jury indicts 3 men on drug trafficking charges

A federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned an 11-count indictment accusing three Buffalo men of multiple narcotics trafficking charges.

Charges against Pascual Navarro-Gonzalez, 29; Erick Joel Reyes-Barretto, 27; and Juan Montanez, 46, include conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin and cocaine, maintaining a premises for the purpose of manufacturing, distributing and using controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin, attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The charges carry at least five years in prison, as many as 40 years, and a fine of up to $5 million.

The defendants were arrested March 6, after agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration executed a search warrant at a Buffalo residence and seized heroin, cocaine, ammunition and drug paraphernalia, prosecutors said.

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Child found in pool revived by trooper, Boston rescuers

A state trooper and emergency responders are credited with saving the life of a toddler who was found unresponsive Tuesday night in the family's in-ground pool on Omphalius Road in the Town of Boston.

Trooper Christopher Sullivan of the Boston barracks responded to the home after a 911 call and found the 23-month-old girl to be unconscious and not breathing. He immediately began CPR and was able to partially revive the child.

Moments later, Boston EMS arrived and relieved the trooper. The child was taken to Women & Children's Hospital, where she was in critical but stable condition.

Investigation revealed the incident to be accidental. State police credited the quick actions of the child's family, Sullivan and Boston EMS in saving the child.

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Two men indicted on heroin charges

A federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned an 11-count indictment against two Buffalo men, charging them with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, as well as distributing the drug.

Luis Vazquez, 39, and Antonio Almonte, 55, were arrested March 13, after special agents with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration searched a vehicle and seized approximately 2 kilograms of heroin, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said.

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Woman, 20, arrested in Craigslist scam

A Buffalo woman has been accused of helping her boyfriend run a rental scam on Craigslist.

Brittany M. Bala, 20, of Ashton Place, allegedly helped cheat two men out of $700 for rent on a South Park Avenue apartment from which she and her boyfriend had been evicted several weeks ago.

Bala was charged with second-degree scheme to defraud, petit larceny and possession of stolen property during police questioning Tuesday.

Detectives said they recovered in her purse a Social Security card and driver's license from one of the two men conned. Police on Thursday continued to seek her boyfriend.

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North Tonawanda student accused of false bomb threat

NORTH TONAWANDA -- A North Tonawanda High School student was charged Thursday with anonymously reporting a bomb threat to the school.

The 16-year-old was arrested Thursday morning and accused of falsely reporting the bomb threat to the school, using a computer at his home. Shortly before 10 a.m., North Tonawanda police and school officials placed the school in a lockdown mode, and fire crews were positioned close to the school as a precaution while the threat was investigated.

The teen was charged with felony falsely reporting an incident.