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A Fougeron Street man was arrested on a felony weapons charge after he allegedly tossed away a loaded .380-caliber handgun when Buffalo police stopped to question him about the beer he was drinking on the sidewalk about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.

James Whitehead, 39, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Officers on routine patrol in the first block of French Street said they saw him throw the silver handgun into a field.