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Former Buffalo Bill charged? after collision in Hamburg

Former Buffalo Bill Ruben Brown was charged with drunken driving in Hamburg, after he was involved in an a rear-end collision late Friday.

Hamburg police responded to the two-vehicle crash at 11:19 p.m. on Abbott Road, near Richmond Avenue.

Brown, 40, of Orchard Park, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, following too closely and imprudent speed, police said.

Brown – who played with the Bills from 1995 to 2003 – was not injured and refused a Breathalyzer test, police said.
The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries. There were no passengers in either vehicle.

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Woman and child struck ?by vehicle on Seneca Street

A woman and young child were taken to local hospitals Saturday evening, after being struck by a vehicle at South Buffalo-West Seneca border.

The woman and child were crossing Seneca Street at Burch Avenue about 7 p.m., when they were struck by a vehicle traveling west on Seneca, said Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge.

Police did not release their identities Saturday night.

The woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center with multiple injuries, while the child was taken to Women & Children's Hospital, DeGeorge said.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.

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Man robbed, shot in chest ?on East Ferry Street

A man was in critical condition Saturday after being shot and robbed on East Ferry Street over the weekend.

Jamine Barber, who is in his 20s, was shot in the chest on East Ferry, near Goodyear Avenue, late Friday, according to Buffalo police.
Barber, whose address was unavailable, was in Erie County Medical Center.

Homicide investigators are handling the case.

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Fire damages home? in Town of Tonawanda

Fire caused an estimated $15,000 damage to a Town of Tonawanda home on Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters from the Kenilworth Volunteer Fire Co., with assistance from Brighton firefighters, were called shortly before 2:30 p.m. to extinguish the blaze in the house at 41 Tillotson Place, between Englewood and Kenmore avenues, Town of Tonawanda police said.

The fire started in the basement of the home, and the two occupants inside escaped unharmed, police said.

The cause remains under investigation.

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Grand jury indicts ?Amherst man on sex charge

An Amherst man has been indicted on a federal sex trafficking charge, said U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Kenneth Graham, 34, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday with sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. The charge carries a sentence of 15 years to life.

Graham is accused of forcing a victim to engage in commercial sex acts, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati.

The indictment comes after a joint investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, Homeland Security and Amherst, Cheektowaga and Buffalo police departments.

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Man wearing ski mask gets? drugs from Sanborn store

A CVS pharmacy on Saunders Settlement Road in Sanborn was held up Friday night by a man wearing a black ski mask who claimed he had a gun, state police said.

The robbery took place at about 8 p.m., when the robber walked into the store wearing the mask and demanded prescription drugs, investigators said. He was given the drugs and he fled on foot.

Police said the robber was a white male, about six feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. He had light brown hair and was wearing a dark hoodie, khaki pants, and dark shoes. He was carrying a red bag.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call troopers at 434-5588.

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Buffalo man pleads guilty? in child porn case

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul's office announced.

John Crandall, 33, was accused of obtaining child pornography from the Internet and other sources and distributing the material to at least one other person between March 2010 and March 2011. In August 2011, authorities found more than 600 images of child pornography at his residence. Some images included children younger than 12 as well as depictions of violence, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O'Donnell.

Crandall faces up to 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and a fine of $250,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 15.