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POPLAR ACADEMY ANNEX BROKEN INTO BY VANDALS

Burglars did some extensive damage inside the Poplar Academy School 11 annex at 1417 E. Delavan Ave. late Monday afternoon or evening, police reported.

The vandals ripped a clock off the wall, sprayed fire extinguishers all over the school, wrote graffiti on blackboards and destroyed some desks and books, Northeast District police said today.

The burglars apparently gained entry by prying open some windows. Police also said two or three classrooms were broken into.

School officials reported the crime about 7 p.m. Monday.

Pursued driver found hiding in garage faces 4 charges

A motorist accused of leading Buffalo police on a high-speed chase on the Kensington Expressway was arrested this morning after being found hiding in a garage on Robie Avenue in North Buffalo.

The driver, clocked at 80 mph while driving eastbound on the expressway near Jefferson Avenue, fled from a pursuing police vehicle and reached speeds of close to 100 mph, police said. He left the expressway at Parkside Avenue, then continued down Robie, entering a garage and hiding on the vehicle's floor before he was apprehended at about 10 a.m.

Officer Ronald Zaprzal charged Monte Harper, 22, of Seventh Street with speeding, reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation and obstructing governmental administration.

Beer bottle battle results in charges against 2 women

A beer bottle was used in a fight between two women on East Morris Avenue that sent one combatant to the hospital and left both charged with assault early today, Northeast District police stated.

Officers responding to a fight call at 35 E. Morris reported that Janet Hart, 46, punched Regina Wiley, 43, in the right eye, causing pain and swelling. Wiley refused medical treatment, according to police reports.

Wiley was accused of striking Hart in the face with a beer bottle, causing lacerations to her left cheek. Hart was taken to Sheehan Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Both women were charged with second-degree assault.

Man pushing shopping cart down Broadway is hit by car

A 43-year-old man pushing a shopping cart down the middle of Broadway was struck by a car this morning, police said.

Anthony Jackson of Sherman Street was being treated in the emergency room of Erie County Medical Center for a left-leg injury late this morning after he was struck from behind on Broadway at about 5:50 a.m., police said.

The driver was not charged.

German-French Cemetery scene of vandalism rampage

Cheektowaga police today were looking for vandals who knocked over or otherwise damaged about 45 monuments and headstones in the United German & French Cemetery off Pine Ridge Road near Harlem Road.

The manager of the cemetery in the Mount Calvary group of cemeteries in the area told officers that labor to repair the damage alone will cost about $5,000.

It was the second case of vandalism in the area in three days. On Saturday, five monuments were knocked over in the nearby Holy Sepulchre Cemetery off Harlem, causing an estimated $3,000 damage, police said.

Branch bank robbed in Town of Tonawanda

Authorities are seeking a bank robbery suspect after the holdup Monday of the Colvin Branch Key Bank, 2030 Sheridan Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

Buffalo FBI spokesman Paul Moskal said the robber entered the bank at about 12:35 p.m., demanded money from a teller while threatening to shoot, while no weapon was displayed. The robber fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash.

Authorities described the bandit as a white male, probably in his 30s, about 5 foot 10 and 170 pounds, with dark hair and a medium build. He was wearing a blue baseball cap with a brown suede brim, white sweat shirt and blue jeans.

Moskal said the robber was given cash that included a dye pack, which discharged a short distance from the bank and was observed going off by eyewitnesses.

"The suspect probably experienced some burning of his clothing and skin. He was observed stuffing the money in his pocket, so he was definitely marked. The only thing that will remove that dye is time," Moskal said.

Man denies committing series of street robberies

Lance Callwood of Buffalo was ordered to remain in jail without bail after he pleaded innocent Monday to an indictment charging him .with committing a dozen West Side street robberies this summer.

Callwood, 32, has been jailed since his July 29 arrest minutes after he allegedly stole $300 from a man he threatened with a knife at a pay phone outside the Essex Street Pub at about 1 a.m.

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