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>Would-be robber runs when clerk refuses demand

A man who attempted to rob the Kwik Fill at 2543 Delaware Ave. about 6:10 p.m. Tuesday fled empty-handed when a clerk refused to hand over money, Buffalo police said.

Police said the bandit produced a note, displayed what appeared to be the barrel of a gun from beneath his sleeve and told the clerk to surrender money in the cash register.

The robber -- described as a husky white male, about 5-foot-5, late 20s to early 30s, with glasses and unshaven -- fled in a white Chevrolet Trailblazer north on Delaware Avenue.

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>Tonawanda restaurant fire blamed on electrical problem

An electrical problem sparked the accidental fire that extensively damaged Warren's Restaurant last week, City of Tonawanda fire investigators have determined.

The fire broke out in wiring above the chandelier in a second-floor apartment, Capt. Michael Young said. The Main Street building houses three apartments above the restaurant.

"The wiring is from the 1950s, when the place was built," Young said. "With age come problems."

Young also said there were no warning signs, such as flickering lights, before the fire was discovered late Wednesday afternoon. Fire officials expect the damage estimate to top $200,000.

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>Driver accused of raping mentally disabled client

PERSIA -- The case of a Gowanda man accused of raping a mentally challenged woman is headed to a grand jury.

Scott A. Dieter, 44, who is a driver for We Care Transportation, is accused of having sexual contact with the Town of Evans woman on several occasions, at two different residences in Gowanda.

Persia Town Justice Arnold N. Andolsek conducted a preliminary hearing in the case Tuesday night, when he issued his ruling. Dieter, who was arrested last Wednesday, is charged with three counts of rape, three counts of criminal sexual act and sexual abuse. He has been suspended from his job.

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