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Police press search for missing elderly woman

An elderly Orchard Park woman who has wandered away from home on occasion has been missing since Nov. 21, police said Thursday.

Jean Bidner, 72, walked away from her Powers Road home that morning and hasn't been seen since, police said. Until now, the longest she had been gone is two days, police said.

Bidner has been known to take refuge in apartment complexes, police said. She took a blanket with her when she left home last week.

A retired teacher for the Hamburg schools, Bidner is familiar with the town and, in particular, with Wayside Presbyterian Church at Route 5 and Amsdell Road.

Bidner is 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds, police said. She has short, curly, light brown hair and blue eyes, and wears metal-frame eyeglasses. When last seen, she was wearing a beige coat with red trim and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is asked to call Orchard Park police at 662-6444.

Man in black gets $3,000 in Blockbuster robbery

A man stole about $3,000 from Blockbuster Video, 1100 Broadway, about 1 a.m. Thursday, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

Authorities said the man -- wearing black clothing and a black hood -- acted as if he had a weapon as he forced a store employee to open a safe. The man fled west on Broadway.

Bull charges children; boy and mother are injured

LITTLE VALLEY -- A large Angus bull charged some children playing in a field, injuring a 12-year-old boy and his mother, who had come to his aid, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

It happened early Wednesday afternoon in a field off Otto-East Otto Road in the Hamlet of Otto, deputies said. When the bull charged, two of the boys went for help and Susan Michaels, 38, tried to keep the bull away from her 12-year-old son, Timothy.

The bull then charged Mrs. Michaels, deputies said. She and and son made it out of the field before help arrived.

The two were taken to Springville Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Deputies said no charges have been filed against the bull's owner.

German shepherd watched after it bites four people

JAMESTOWN -- A German shepherd that bit four people near Washington Middle School on Wednesday is being watched in the Chautauqua County Humane Society shelter.

Timothy Pickett, an animal control officer, said the dog was captured near the owner's home on Buffalo Street late Wednesday afternoon. The animal is not believed to be rabid, he said.

Pickett noted that the owner, who was not identified, said the dog had broken free of its leash. The owner has been charged with violations of the city's leash law and for dog attacks and bites.

"It was an accident," said Pickett, who noted that the dog's rabies vaccination had just expired and that, as a precaution, the animal will be held at the SPCA for 10 days.

The injuries were described as not serious.

Hotel manager reports $4,000 in damage to room

Someone trashed a hotel room in downtown Buffalo to the tune of more than $4,000, Central District police reported Thursday.

A manager at Hampton Inn & Suites on Delaware Avenue told officers that damage included broken furniture and mirrors, and blood on linens, curtains, rugs and walls. The damage was done sometime between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon.

The room had been rented to a local resident but was paid for with a credit card bearing another name, officers were told. Damages were charged to the credit card, the manager told police.

Traffic stop of man, 24, leads to multiple charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- A traffic stop in the Town of Kill Buck led to the arrest of a 24-year-old man on multiple charges, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said Thursday.

Roy J. Austin of Kill Buck was pulled over near his Route 417 home late Wednesday night for undisclosed reasons. Deputies said he subsequently was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, possession of marijuana, and numerous other vehicle and traffic law violations.

Following arraignment in Great Valley Town Court, Austin was sent to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail. He is scheduled to reappear in court Wednesday.

Owner of teen club is held on harassment charge

FRANKLINVILLE -- The owner of a Franklinville teen club was charged Wednesday night with stalking and harassment, police said.

Police said Fred Palmeri surrendered and was arraigned in Farmersville Town Court. He is being held in Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear Monday in Franklinville Town Court.

Details of the alleged crime were not immediately available.

Palmeri had been free awaiting further action on separate charges from early November, including three counts of endangering the OVER 5 LNswelfare of three 15-year-old girls and two counts of criminal solicitation. Those accusations cover a two-month period at his business, the Twilight Zone at 24 N. Main St., authorities said.

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