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>Suspect sought in holdup of Batavia bank branch

BATAVIA -- Police are investigating the armed robbery of a Bank of America branch at Main and Bank streets at about noon Wednesday.

Police said the male robber, who displayed a handgun, fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police are also investigating reports of a possible accomplice -- a woman in a car in a nearby parking lot, observed driving away about the same time the bandit bolted from the bank.

The city's last bank robbery occurred about two years ago at the nearby Bank of Castile.


>Woman charged in thefts from charity containers

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A Niagara Falls woman faces criminal charges after she stole Royal Canadian Legion poppy donation boxes from Niagara Falls retailers, Niagara Regional Police said.

Brooke Bowman, 31, was caught by surveillance cameras committing the thefts, police said.

The investigation began Sunday when police were called to Tim Hortons on Portage Road for the report of a poppy box theft. Bowman was charged with three counts of theft and a charge of breaching probation.

Money raised through the campaign is used to provide direct assistance to veterans in financial distress as well as for medical appliances and research and home services care facilities.


>Man, girl, 16, accused of attack on other girl

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown man and a 16-year-old girl have been arrested for assaulting another teenage girl about 7 p.m. Monday.

Peter Torres, 38, of Hamilton Street, and the girl were each charged with third-degree assault. Police said more arrests are expected.

Police were called to West Fourth and Lafayette streets, where the victim said she was waiting for a ride when several people emerged from two cars and beat her, hitting her several times with a baseball bat.

The victim was treated for bruises and contusions in WCA Hospital, then released.


>Two charged with keeping a common bawdy house

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- The two owners of Private Eyes adult club in Niagara-on-the-Lake were charged Tuesday with keeping a common bawdy house after an undercover investigation revealed alleged prostitution there, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Stanley Raptis, 75, of St. Catharines, and Stravros Lalos, 61, of Niagara Falls, turned themselves in to authorities Tuesday.

The undercover investigation resulted in nine adult dancers from Private Eyes being charged with communicating for the purpose of prostitution.

Undercover officers were openly propositioned by adult entertainers with offerings of sexual gratification in exchange for payment Oct. 10 and Oct. 18, police said.

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