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>Suspect sought in holdup of Elmwood HSBC Bank

An Elmwood Avenue HSBC Bank branch was held up Wednesday morning by a man who threatened to blow up the bank with a bomb, Buffalo police reported.

Authorities said a teller in the bank at 1000 Elmwood Ave. was handed a note at about 10:40 a.m. by a man demanding money and threatening to blow up the bank. The teller handed him money. The suspect then left a suspicious package at the front door and fled on foot.

The bomb squad responded, but no explosives were found.

The suspect was described as a 5-foot-5 white male wearing a blue New York Yankees cap. He had a bandanna under the cap and also wore green shorts and a T-shirt with the word "ARMY" printed on it.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Northwest District police at 851-4413.


>Woman's death July 1 is ruled a homicide

A Whitney Place woman who was found dead July 1 inside her apartment was the victim of a homicide, according to a report by the Erie County medical examiner.

An autopsy on Mary McMullen, of 52 Whitney, showed that she died of "blunt force trauma" as the result of a homicide, according to the medical examiner's report.

McMullen's body was found on the floor of her apartment.

Homicide detectives were continuing their investigation into McMullen's death.


>Identity-theft suspect seized after chase

Amherst police chased a forgery and identity-theft suspect from the Central Park area in Buffalo onto two highways and over the Skyway before arresting him in South Buffalo late Wednesday morning.

The incident began at about 10:30 a.m., when Amherst Detectives John Trabert and Theodore DiNoto approached the suspect, Levon R. McBride, 23, outside his Hill Street residence.

McBride pulled his vehicle out of the driveway and fled from the officers, through the Central Park area and into North Buffalo and Parkside, before racing across the Scajaquada Expressway and onto the Niagara Thruway.

After the chase passed over the Skyway, the two Amherst detectives and State Trooper Matthew Stegner boxed in the fleeing vehicle in the Fuhrmann Boulevard-Tifft Street area. The detectives then had to remove McBride from his vehicle shortly after 10:45 a.m.

Amherst Detective Lt. Rick Walter said the detectives charged McBride with forgery, identity theft, reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration and aggravated unlicensed operation.


>Collard thief strikes again at community garden

The second year in a row, a vegetable bandit made off with a bunch of collard greens from an East Side community garden -- but left all the other vegetables untouched.

Sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone entered the fenced-in garden on Wohlers Avenue and stole the greens, said Rosa Gibson, executive director of the Community Action Information Center located across the street.

Gibson discovered the loss when she came to work Wednesday morning and called police, she said.

The vegetable garden is divided into smaller plots for individuals to grow their own little garden free of charge.

For the past couple of years, volunteers from the center and the community have maintained several gardens, including the vegetable garden, in vacant lots along an impoverished section of Wohlers.


>Man who bilked friend gets year's probation

LOCKPORT -- A man who stole more than $199,000 from an elderly woman was placed on interim probation for a year Tuesday to give him a chance to pay more restitution.

Deni Aloisio Jr., 45, of West Avenue, had pleaded guilty to third-degree grand larceny for stealing the money between 1999 and 2005 from a family friend, a 77-year-old woman who had granted him her power of attorney.

Aloisio had repaid $29,000 since pleading guilty in May. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza ordered him to pay $1,200 a month for the next year, plus any lump sums that may come into his possession from mortgaging property or other sources. A statement from the woman was read urging Sperrazza not to imprison Aloisio so he could pay her back.


>Man shot in the wrist at Broadway, Swinburne

A Fruit Belt man was shot in his left wrist early Wednesday at Broadway and Swinburne Street, police reported.

Teyrell Summerville, 21, was treated in Erie County Medical Center.

Summerville was at the corner at about 2 a.m. when he heard a couple of shots and realized that he had been shot, Ferry-Fillmore District police reported.

Paramedics from Rural/Metro Medical Services transported him to the hospital.

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