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Officials release few details
in fatal Kill Buck shooting

KILL BUCK – A man was shot to death in this Cattaraugus County hamlet late Friday, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

The homicide occurred shortly before midnight at 6263 Route 417. Sheriff's officials said their investigation is continuing and said no further information would be released right now.


Unidentified Falls man
shot twice in the chest

NIAGARA FALLS – A 45-year-old Niagara Falls man was seriously injured when he was shot twice in the chest Friday night at his Third Street residence, Niagara Falls police said.

The victim, whose name has not been released, was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Police said the shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. Friday. Anyone with information is asked to call Niagara Falls police at 286-4547.


Dunkirk man, 27, arrested
in city shooting on Thursday

DUNKIRK – City police charged a man Saturday in connection with a Thursday shooting.

Brandon C. Washington, 27, of Dunkirk, was arrested in Niagara Falls at about 3:30 a.m. and charged with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He had been named in an arrest warrant that Dunkirk police issued in the wake of the shooting. A man was shot in the leg shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday in the 600 block of South Main Street.

City Judge Walter F. Drag jailed Washington in lieu of $50,000 bail to await further court proceedings.


Two shot on West Side
in drive-by early Saturday

Two men were shot early Saturday while walking on the city's West Side, in what Buffalo police are calling an apparent drive-by shooting.

The two were in the 200 block of Bird Avenue, near Grant Street, when shot shortly before 2 a.m., Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said. The injuries do not appear to be life-threatening, DeGeorge added.

Passers-by took the two to Erie County Medical Center, where one already has been treated and released.


Four Falls break-ins 
over recent days probed

NIAGARA FALLS – Police were busy Saturday investigating four burglaries netting thieves thousands of dollars in items.

The biggest haul came from a Linwood Avenue home that was burglarized between 8 and 9:45 p.m. Friday. A rear window was forced open and an estimated $3,700 worth of belongings were stolen, including a video game system, a TV and jewelry valued at $3,000.

Police also said an apartment door was kicked in at an Osborne Court residence between 6:30 a.m. and 6:40 p.m. Friday and a laptop and a desktop computers stolen.

The burglar also dismantled a bedroom safe and made off with about $600 in coins, police said. A padlock was cut from a garage door, and a snowblower also was stolen. The total loss was projected at $2,250.

A Niagara Avenue apartment was burglarized overnight Friday and a TV and video game system stolen, police said. The loss was estimated at $628.

Also, an inventory is being conducted in the wake of a break-in at the Niagara Falls Neighborhood Housing Services maintenance garage on 16th Street.

Police said the garage was entered between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thursday and ransacked, with tools, equipment and scrap metal and pipe fittings stolen, said police, who noted a door was forced open.


Stolen car involved in crash 
abandoned at intersection

NIAGARA FALLS – A car stolen from Jordan Gardens housing complex overnight Friday was found abandoned in the middle of a city intersection, apparently after an accident, police said.

Police found the 2004 Chevrolet at Ethel Avenue and Bell Street about 9 a.m. Saturday.

The vehicle, owned by a Jordan Gardens resident, had extensive front-end damage and a side window broken out, as well as damage to the steering column and ignition.

Police said the vehicle had been stolen sometime after 10:40 p.m. Friday.


Counterfeit bills passed
 at pair of Falls businesses

NIAGARA FALLS – At least $200 worth of counterfeit $20 and $50 bills have been passed at city businesses since Thursday, police said.

The first incident occurred Thursday at the Cricket Express store on Pine Avenue, where police said a pair of counterfeit $50 bills were passed.

Employees of the Niagara Falls Boulevard Tops International store discovered five counterfeit $20 bills among a large cash payment being made Saturday morning.

According to reports, an employee of a local bar was paying utility bills with a large amount of cash.