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>Gunfire at Birdsall Inn leads to man's arrest

BIRDSALL -- State Police investigators have arrested Raymond Sindrewicz, 52, of Belfast, in connection with gunfire Feb. 5 at the Birdsall Inn.

He was charged last week with with first-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree menacing, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and prohibited use of a weapon, according to the State Police.

Investigators said Sindrewicz fired a handgun round into the ceiling of the bar's entrance just after last call at 2 a.m. Feb. 5, possibly in an attempt to break up a fight.

Troopers said that by the time they arrived at the tavern, several miles north of Angelica, all bar patrons were gone. No one was hurt in the shooting, which was reported by bar employees, troopers said.

Angelica Town Justice Joseph Schmitt arraigned Sindrewicz, who was jailed after not posting $5,000 bail. He is due back in court March 2. Allegany County sheriff's deputies said Sindrewicz posted bail and was released.

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>Store looks into receipt of counterfeit $50 bill

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- Store officials are hoping that a log of gun sales might help them determine who passed a counterfeit $50 bill at the Wal-Mart store on South Transit Road sometime Friday.

The bill was passed in the sporting goods department sometime prior to 11 p.m., authorities said.

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>Falls taxi driver robbed of cash and his cab

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city cab driver was robbed, and his taxi was stolen Saturday evening, police reported.

The driver, a 66-year-old Town of Niagara resident, told police he picked up a fare at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at 19th Street and Ferry Avenue. After being told to drive to 15th and Falls streets, the driver was led to believe the passenger had a gun and was robbed of $250 before being told to get out of the taxi.

The robber then jumped behind the wheel and drove off, police said.

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