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5 students arrested on counterfeit charges

LOCKPORT -- Five Lockport High School students were charged Thursday with passing counterfeit money in the school.

Capt. Lawrence Eggert said the boys, ages 14 and 15, used a color scanner belonging to one of the boy's parents to make $5 and $50 bills, and then tried to spend them.

Each was charged with first-degree forgery, a felony, Eggert said. He did not release the names of the boys because of their age.

Eggert said a few stores rejected the fake bills, but some of the bills were spent and discovered in the high school bookstore and cafeteria. School officials alerted police.

"The color looked good, but anyone familiar with money would be able to feel the difference. It felt like paper," the police captain said. "There was only a few hundred dollars printed. We got to it quick, and I'd like to think we were able to recover all of the bills."

"We're not talking criminal masterminds here," he said.

The boys were released to their parents after the arrests.


Baptist church's furnace is damaged by vandals

A Kensington Avenue church was targeted by vandals, a church officials told Buffalo police Thursday.

The furnace of Jordan Grove Baptist Church, 1264 Kensington Ave., was damaged when someone sprayed expanding foam into vent pipes, police said.

Rocks tossed at cars from railway overpass

Buffalo police are looking for several people who threw rocks at a car driving under the railway overpass on Miller Avenue near Empire Street Wednesday night.

The driver told Ferry-Fillmore District police he was traveling south on Miller at about 9 p.m. when his vehicle was struck by rocks in three separate areas.

The vehicle, a 1998 GMC Jimmy, had damages estimated at $250.

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