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>Ex-deputy sentenced to conditional discharge

Former Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Vick pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct Tuesday in Alden Town Court in connection with his suspected inappropriate contact with a 34-year-old female inmate in the Erie County Correctional Facility, authorities reported.

Vick was sentenced to a conditional discharge in the case, and an order of protection was issued for the victim.

Vick was arrested Sept. 15 and resigned the following day after being charged with second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor.

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>Teenager escapes injury in Grand Island crash

A Grand Island teenager whose vehicle went off East River Road and plunged about 100 feet down a steep embankment Monday night was "extremely lucky" to emerge unscathed, Grand Island fire and police officials said Tuesday.

Deputy Fire Chief Kevin Koch said that Julia Figliotti, 17, lost control on a dangerous curve shortly after 6 p.m. Her vehicle went down the embankment before coming to rest against a tree and a dock, a few feet short of the Niagara River. She declined hospitalization after Grand Island Fire Company medics found no apparent injuries.

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>Businessman allegedly sold six properties he didn't own

A businessman from Acworth, Ga., is accused by the FBI of bilking six people by selling them properties in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and Youngstown, Ohio, that he didn't actually own.

Brent J. Kinney, 28, formerly of Amherst, is accused of a felony count of using wire and mail services to defraud investors out of $139,328, Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White said.

Kinney is accused of using a Web site to sell three properties in Buffalo, one in Niagara Falls and two in Youngstown, Ohio, to people who were duped into thinking he actually owned them.

The fraud victims were told they had purchased the properties at auctions, but they never got legitimate deeds for the properties, White said.

Buffalo FBI agents and U.S. Postal Inspection Service agents were assisted by the City of Buffalo's Anti-Flipping Task Force, the FBI said.

Prosecutors said Kinney also pleaded guilty last month to a related state charge filed against him by the Erie County district attorney's office.

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>School bus driver, aide treated after collision

Two adults were taken to area hospitals after the collision of a car and a school bus at about 8:25 a.m. Tuesday near West Delavan Avenue and Herkimer Street on the city's West Side.

Eleven elementary school children on the bus at the time were evaluated and released.

A female bus driver was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a back injury, said Jay Smith, spokesman for Rural/Metro Medical Services. A female bus aide, complaining of neck and shoulder pain, was taken to Mercy Hospital, Smith said. The driver of the car refused treatment.

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>3 robbers take cash, cell phone from man

A 52-year-old man was robbed by three men Monday night on the city's East Side.

The man told police the three attackers came up behind him at about 8:50 p.m. on the 900 block of East Ferry Street, a few blocks west of Moselle Street.

They took his jacket, which contained keys, a cell phone and $180 in cash, according to a police report.

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>3 men, one with a gun, rob lounge on Genesee

Three men, one carrying a gun, robbed Dee's Toe Lounge on Genesee Street near High Street at about 7:50 p.m. Monday, according to a Buffalo police report.

The thieves made off with money from the cash register, as well as a wallet containing $18, a credit card and identification.

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