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Buffalo man fatally shot
 drove himself to hospital

A Buffalo man struck by gunfire who drove himself to Sisters Hospital early Thursday died later of his injuries.

Homicide investigators have not released the name of the 24-year-old victim and are trying to determine where he was shot. No arrests have been made.

The man arrived at the hospital in a red Dodge Magnum at about 3:15 a.m. and told staffers he had been shot. He died a short time later.

The victim's body has been turned over to the Erie County morgue, where an autopsy will be performed.

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Student connected to theft
 injures security guards

A Riverside High School student injured two school security guards Wednesday after stealing another student's wallet, Buffalo police said.

School security guards received a complaint that the 16-year-old stole another student's wallet after gym class. After reviewing footage on the school's security cameras, they questioned the youth, who admitted stealing the wallet and giving the cash to another student, police said.

The youth then attempted to flee the school security office, knocking over a security guard, who injured her leg, before fighting with and injuring the finger of a second guard who eventually handcuffed the student.

The youth faces third-degree assault charges.

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Man dodging traffic stop
facing DWI, other charges

A Kenmore man faces multiple charges after fleeing from a roadside traffic stop early Wednesday, Town of Tonawanda police said.

Police said they pulled over Matthew R. Nagorski, 23, for driving erratically on Belmont Avenue at 4:20 a.m. However, the suspect fled in his vehicle and a chase ended at Nagorski's home, where police said he hid before they arrested him. Nagorski faces charges of driving while intoxicated, unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle, obstruction and reckless driving, police said.

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Neighbors flushed out
 in ugly mailbox caper

Two Buffalo women face harassment charges after placing human feces in their neighbor's mailbox, Buffalo police said.

Clara McKinney, 25, and Jessie Lohr, 27, are accused of threatening to beat up a woman who lives in the same Abbott Road apartment building earlier this week. The woman told police the day after her neighbors threatened to beat her up, she found human feces in her mailbox.

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Impoundment policy upheld
 in case with a Buffalo link

The state's highest court in Albany this week upheld a state police vehicle impoundment policy that, in the case of a Buffalo man, led to his arrest on a weapon possession charge after police searched the car before towing it away.

A state trooper pulled over Samuel Walker in Buffalo in 2009 when he saw that the passenger in the car, who was Walker's girlfriend, was not wearing a seat belt. Police found Walker's license had been revoked, and he was arrested. The trooper then prepared the vehicle to be impounded by searching it to make an inventory list of items when he discovered a loaded handgun behind the passenger seat.

Walker, who later pleaded guilty to the weapons charge and was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, argued that the police should have asked if his passenger was licensed to drive the car away from the scene before trying to impound it, a process that led to the weapon being discovered.

"We hold that no such inquiry was necessary," the Court of Appeals ruled, upholding two prior court defeats for Walker in the case.

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Three women arrested 
in downtown stabbing case

Buffalo police have arrested three women after a stabbing downtown early Thursday, police said.

A Rochester woman was stabbed in the 200 block of Franklin Street just after 3 a.m. Thursday, police said. The three women, all in their 20s, were not identified. The victim was treated in Buffalo General Medical Center.

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West Side holdup yields
 $14 to woman with a knife

A Buffalo man was robbed at knifepoint at 3 a.m. Thursday on the West Side by two thieves, Buffalo police said.

The holdup occurred at Prospect Avenue and Connecticut Street, where a woman demanded cash. The victim surrendered $14, police said.

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Buffalo crack dealer
 facing year behind bars

LOCKPORT – Buffalo crack dealer Anthony J. Ervin was sentenced to a year in Niagara County Jail Wednesday by County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Ervin, 28, of Warren Street, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling $40 worth of crack cocaine to a police informant in the City of Lockport on May 2, 2011.