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Copper pipes, chalice stolen from former grade school

Buffalo police are investigating the theft of hundreds of feet of copper piping and a holy chalice from the former All Saints Catholic grade school on Chadduck Avenue sometime early Friday morning.

Police said the thieves cut the copper piping out of the heating system.

The Rev. Angelo Chimera of the All Saints Catholic Church said the church will pay a $1,000 reward for information leading to the capture of the thieves, who police reported sprayed one room of the building with a fire extinguisher before fleeing.

Chimera said the former school is now used for a food pantry and scout meetings. There will be no heat or running water in the building until repairs, expected to cost thousands of dollars, have been completed.


Teenager arrested for allegedly shooting at bus

A 15-year-old boy was arrested Thursday for allegedly shooting at a Metro bus in January, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority officials announced Friday.

The shooting took place Jan. 7 while the bus was at the corner of Kensington and Bailey avenues. The bullet, fired from a handgun, struck the passenger side of the bus. No one was hurt.

NFTA police worked with the FBI to analyze video surveillance footage which led them to the suspect. Buffalo police also assisted in the investigation.

The suspect, whose name was not released because of his age, has been charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree criminal mischief. His case is being handled in Erie County Family Court.


Norampac employee admits stealing from company

An Alden woman pleaded guilty Friday to grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing in connection with the theft of more than $38,692 from her employer, Norampac Industries Inc., according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Lynn Montgomery, 46, faces a maximum prison sentence of 19 years when she's sentenced in October.

Montgomery admitted that she took the money from July 15, 2005, to Dec. 30, 2011, and failed to report the earnings on her state income tax returns, while she was employed as a human resource representative at the company, which is located on Walden Avenue in Lancaster.

Sedita said Montgomery pleaded to the highest charges for which she could have been convicted had the case gone to trial.


California man admits holding bad checks

A California man pleaded guilty Friday to possession of counterfeit securities.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul J. Campana said Michael John Grady, 55, of Stockton, Calif., helped another man pass counterfeit MoneyGram checks at Home Depot locations in New York and other states.

Campana said Grady and the other defendant, Robert Shobert, 23, also of Stockton, were arrested at the Rainbow Bridge in January and charged with using counterfeit checks to purchase Home Depot merchandise and then returning it for cash refunds.

Shobert faces similar charges.

The pair's alleged crime spree came to an end thanks to a problem that has plagued many motorists before them: they inadvertently drove their car across the Rainbow Bridge toward Canada.

They were turned back on the Canadian side and their vehicle was inspected on the U.S. side of the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents.


Two face charges tied to drug shipment

Two men were arrested earlier this month on charges of attempting to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Friday.

Hochul said the separate arrests of Angelo Vazquez-Rodriguez of Lackawanna and Jose Ramon Ramos of Buffalo are the latest developments in a case that centers on allegations that they were the intended recipients of multiple kilograms of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. Alsup said the cocaine was intercepted by law enforcement officials before its delivery and the packages refilled with fake material and sent on to the defendants.

The arrests are the culmination of an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the Drug Enforcement Administration.


Councilman arrested for second time in a week

JAMESTOWN -- For the second time in less than a week, Jamestown City Councilman Michael Taylor has felt the long arm of the law as he was briefly jailed again Friday morning after he was arrested for speeding and drunken driving.

Less than a week after he was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a window at the Sneakers bar, Taylor, 35, was stopped for speeding and then arrested for drunken driving at about 2:15 a.m. Friday on East Second Street .

Taylor had a blood-alcohol reading of more than 0.08 percent.