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Woman robs Fleet Bank on Walden, flees on foot

Buffalo police this morning were searching for a woman who robbed the Fleet Bank branch at 637 Walden Ave.

The woman, wearing a blue hooded sweat shirt and green pants, entered the bank at 10:27 a.m. and stole an undetermined amount of money, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

Witnesses said the woman, chased by a bank security guard, fled on foot to nearby Brinkman Avenue.

Two juveniles who escaped detention van are recaptured

Two juveniles who allegedly assaulted the driver of an Erie County Detention Services van and then escaped were found after a police search Wednesday night.

It happened at about 6:30 p.m. near Hopevale, a residential facility for girls on Howard Road in the town. The juveniles allegedly assaulted the driver, about whom further information was not disclosed, and ran into a wooded area nearby.

Police said a perimeter was established, and the Erie County Sheriff's Department helicopter was requested to help in the search.

One of the juveniles was taken into custody in the Sheva Lane playground by Capt. A. Daniel Shea, chief of detectives for the town. The second juvenile was found hiding in the bed of a pickup truck parked in a private driveway on Sharondale Parkway.

Also assisting in the search were state troopers and officers from Orchard Park and the villages of Hamburg and Blasdell.

Police said the juveniles were returned to the Alden Detention Facility and will be petitioned to Family Court on misdemeanor charges of assault and escape.

Traffic stop brings arrest involving stolen shotgun

A routine traffic stop late Wednesday night led to the arrest of a teenager who allegedly possessed a shotgun reported stolen in Buffalo about 12 years ago, according to South District police.

Jason Williams, 19, of the 100 block of Miami Street, was stopped at 11:55 p.m. in front of his house by Officers James Curtin and James O'Donnell, who noticed the 12-gauge shotgun, which, they determined, was stolen on May 29, 1989.

The officers said Williams also possessed two ounces of marijuana. He was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and marijuana.

Fire in vacant house on Broadway investigated

Fire investigators were attempting to determine what caused a $50,000 blaze at 7:42 p.m. Wednesday in a vacant house at 1344 Broadway.

The fire caused an additional $2,000 exposure damage to a 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame home at 1342 Broadway, fire officials said.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury but was able to remain on duty.

North Buffalo teen admits robbing restaurant manager

A North Buffalo teen accused in two robberies pleaded guilty Wednesday to robbery and attempted robbery.

Daniel Zuba, 17, of North Park Avenue, faces up to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced Jan. 15, acting State Supreme Court Justice Joseph P. McCarthy said. McCarthy refused to give Zuba a sentencing commitment.

Prosecutor Glenn Pincus said Amherst police quickly recovered more than $3,100 from Zuba when they found him hiding in bushes on Academy Street on Aug. 8. Police said he was hiding there after grabbing a money bag from a night restaurant manager who was making a deposit at the M&T Bank at 480 Evans St.

After his arrest in that case, employees from Grover Cleveland Golf Course identified him as the bandit who stole more than $1,100 at knifepoint from the course office about 4:30 p.m. July 25, Pincus said. That money was not recovered.

Boy, 15, admits to robbery in mugging of classmate

A 15-year-old Oxford Street boy, serving up to seven years in prison for three Buffalo armed robberies about a year ago, pleaded guilty Wednesday to mugging a 15-year-old Lafayette High School classmate last spring.

Kyle Jackson pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury to a first-degree robbery charge for the attack on the classmate and for stealing that boy's silver chain and other jewelry.

Prosecutor Glenn Pincus said the attack occurred at about 3:15 p.m. April 10 at the corner of West Delavan Avenue and Hoyt Street. Pincus said Jackson punched his victim and threatened him with a box cutter.

At the time of the attack, Jackson was free on bail after pleading guilty to robbery charges in connection with three holdups.

On Aug. 22, Drury sentenced Jackson to seven years in prison in the robbery cases.

Manslaughter plea leads to 23-year prison sentence

LOCKPORT -- Chad L. Penn killed Emmanuel J. Boyer because he wanted respect, the prosecutor said Wednesday before Penn was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

The sentence from County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza was agreed to as part of last month's plea bargain, under which Penn pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter. He had been indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.

Penn, 27, of 15th Street, Niagara Falls, has served two prior terms in state prison, one for a 1991 robbery in Oswego County and another for a 1998 drug possession case here. He was on parole from the latter sentence when he shot Boyer, 16, in a parking lot off Elmwood Avenue on March 20.

Four days before he was killed, Boyer had pleaded guilty to the near-fatal shovel beating of a man in Lockport on Sept. 30, 2000.

Ex-Batavia councilman reports to start jail term

BATAVIA -- Former City Councilman Franklin J. Battaglia will have two quiet days each week for the next three months. He reported to the Genesee County Jail on Tuesday after an appeal from jail time was denied by Genesee County Judge Robert C. Noonan.

Battaglia was convicted of threatening to blow up a factory across from his School Street home. He had been involved in a long dispute with Batavia Metal Products, a stamping plant whose noise and vibrations, Battaglia claimed, exceeded permissible limits.

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