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Buffalo Man Arrested Following Overnight Standoff

BUFFALO, NY-The Buffalo Police SWAT and Hostage Management Team was called out overnight to a home on the city's east side.

The incident started at a home in the 200 block of Lathrop Street just after 2:30 AM.  Police say James F. Griffin, 58, violated an order of protection by breaking into his former girlfriend's home.

Officers stormed the house shortly after 5:30 AM and found Griffin in the attic where he was placed under arrest without incident.

He's charged with burglary, criminal contempt and mischief, as well as menacing.

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BPD Lifts Lock Down at True Bethel Baptist, Ferry-Grider Homes

BUFFALO, N.Y. -Buffalo Police searched all cars coming in and out of the Ferry Grider homes; but contrary to other media reports, an arrest has not been made in Saturday's shooting rampage at the City Grill.

The Reverand Darius Pridgen tells 2 On Your Side the Buffalo Police placed his church in lockdown as a search for a suspect in the City Grill shooting was apparently taking place nearby.

Pridgen tells 2 On Your Side's Claudine Ewing that police were supposedly searching the area of the Ferry-Grider Homes which is located directly behind his church on East Ferry between Grider Street and Donovan Drive. That area was also placed in lockdown for a time.

A resident of Ferry-Grider said Buffalo Police were going through all of the apartments and were looking for an "African-American male, bald, between 25-30 years old". The resident said police told him the suspect may have been "hiding out" in the housing development.

Buffalo School District Among Worst In U.S. In Graduating Black Males

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WGRZ) -- A new report that examines black males in public education ranks Buffalo the 5th worst large school district in the country when it comes to graduation rates among African American men.

"Yes We Can: The 2010 Schott 50 State Report on Black Males in Public Education" analyzes data from 2007-2008 and shows only 25 percent of black males in the Buffalo City School District graduated on time.

"That means that three quarters of the black male students in Buffalo do not graduate with the kids they entered ninth grade with," Michael Holzman, research consultant with the Schott Foundation, said. "That's very bad. That's very bad for them. It's very bad for the country."

2 Seperate Fires Keep Buffalo Firefighters Busy

Buffalo, NY - It was a busy early morning for Buffalo Firefighters as they fought two separate house fires.

Three adults and two children were had to find another place to stay after a fire broke out in their Rohr Street apartment just after 1:00am Wednesday morning.  Officials say the fire appears to have started on the first floor and jumped to the second floor.

Everyone made it out of the building alright, but at first, crews were worried about people possibly being trapped inside; after neighbors said there were people in the basement.

"We committed to a real aggressive interior search were the guys went in, even before we had water to make sure nobody was inside dying in the basement or first floor.  It turned out that report was well intentioned but incorrect.  There was nobody inside."  Buffalo Fire Division Chief Scott Barry tells 2 on Your Side.

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Gary Korkuc Of Suburban Buffalo Charged With Animal Cruelty, Accused Of Marinating Cat

Buffalo, NY -The Cheektowaga man accused of marinating his cat failed to show up for a scheduled appearance Tuesday morning in Buffalo City Court.

A non-appearance bench warrant has now been issued for 51-year-old Gary Korkuc.

Buffalo police believe the cat could have become a meal, however, had they not pulled over a Cheektowaga man for failing to stop at a stop sign on the 1100 block of Broadway earlier this month.

According to a police report officers in the process of ticketing Gary Korkuc, 51, discovered the cat which "...appeared to be marinating in crushed red pepper, chili powder, salt and oil" inside his car.

"From what we understand from Buffalo Police the person who owned this kitty was marinating him in order to cook him," said Gina Browning, Spokesperson for the SPCA of Erie County.

Korkuc denies he was planning to eat the cat.

"No, no that's conjecture and that's an assumption," Korkuc told WGRZ-TV.

Fear of "Snitching" Keeping Shooting Witnesses Quiet

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Some community leaders admit there's a code of sorts on the streets to not "snitch" about any crime you might have witnessed.

A police tip-line billboard on Buffalo's west side is a perfect example of that. Someone spray painted on it "stop snitchin'".

Darnell Jackson is a former gang leader who now heads up a group where kids clean-up the east side. He says everyone he has talked to about this case claims they wouldn't say a word if they saw something or had information that would help authorities.

Why? First he says people are scared of retaliation. Second, he says when it comes to the greater black community they have a trust issue with police on things like this.

"They say the police is the same way,"said Jackson. "They don't snitch on each other, they wear a blue suit. They're a gang and they protect each other."

Buffalo Police Update Other Weekend Shooting Deaths

BUFFALO, NY-Buffalo Police have now released the names of the victims of two other homicides from over the weekend.

35-year-old Robert Dumas of the Town of Tonawanda had just left a deli in the vicinity of Genesee and Doats Streets around 1:30 Saturday morning when he was shot. Dumas was pronounced dead at the scene.

Ronald Walker, 20, of Buffalo was shot multiple times around 8:45 Sunday night in the area of the 200 block of Cambridge Avenue near East Delavan.

"We continue to seek the public's help in these recent homicide investigations, as well as the Main Street incident in which eight people were shot-four fatally," said Dennis Richards, Buffalo Police Chief of Detectives. "We need witnesses who are willing to come forward, and make statements to detectives and identify the perpetrators in each and every case. The assistance from the community will enable us to effect arrests, and bring the persons responsible for these heinous acts to justice."