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Guilty plea entered in bank robbery

A Buffalo man who robbed an HSBC branch on Main Street in January and had a dye-pack explode in his pants pleaded guilty to bank robbery Monday, the U.S. Justice Department reported.

Roger Short, 55, faces up to 30 years in prison when he's sentenced Jan. 26 before Judge William M. Skretny.

Short robbed the HSBC at 973 Main St. on Jan. 14 by handing a note to the teller demanding money, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen L. Wylegala. Short took the money, which included the dye pack, and put it in his pants as he left the bank. It exploded shortly afterwards. Most of the money was recovered.

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UB police arrest 12 on variety of charges

University at Buffalo police made 12 arrests during a busy weekend on the North and South campuses for offenses ranging from cocaine possession to drunken driving, according to police.

Michael A. Rivera, 22, of West Northrup Place, who does not attend UB, is facing a felony cocaine possession charge. Campus police stopped him early Sunday at Main Street and University Avenue because he was driving with a flat rear tire, said John C. Woods, UB's assistant police chief.

Rivera was arrested after he gave police a fake name and a search of his vehicle turned up cocaine and marijuana, Woods said. He also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and false personation.

Also over the weekend, UB police arrested William P. Rohan, 19, a student from Montgomery, in Orange County, after he allegedly fought with four men just before 4 a.m. Saturday in the Ellicott Complex dormitories on UB's North Campus.

Rohan was charged with misdemeanor assault and disorderly conduct.

Police said they also made several other arrests resulting in charges including criminal trespass, loitering, drunken driving and marijuana possession.

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$5,500 in equipment stolen from church

More than $5,500 in equipment was stolen from a Genesee Street Baptist church, church officials reported Monday to Buffalo police.

The burglar or burglars broke through a front door of Love Alive Baptist Church at 1787 Genesee St. and stole four speakers, two monitors, four wire microphones and a keyboard, according to reports.

The burglars fled through a rear side door, police said.

Detectives were looking for suspects.

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Somalia native admits guilt in fatal stabbing

A Hampshire Street man pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree manslaughter in the Feb. 12 butcher-knife slaying of another man during an argument.

Ismail A. Mohomed, 24, a native of Somalia, accepted the plea as State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia was to begin jury selection. Mohomed was charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of Omar Abdi, 42, also a native of Somalia, who died of a single stab wound to the neck in the stairway of his apartment on Elmwood Avenue near Bird Avenue.

Mohomed, who surrendered three days after the slaying, never said why he and Abdi argued, prosecutor James F. Bargnesi said. Buscaglia told Mohomed, who will be sentenced Jan. 18, that he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Court officials said Abdi served a brief jail term for stabbing a another man, also a native of Somalia, with a steak knife as the man slept in their flat.

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Gang attacks, beats up three boys, two girls

Three boys and two girls were attacked and beaten up by a gang of 10 males Monday evening at the casino in Cazenovia Park, Buffalo police reported.

The male victims, ages 16 and 17, and females, ages 15 and 17, told police that they were attacked by the group at about 7:30 p.m. They said they attempted to leave the park several times but were followed and kicked and punched by the gang.

Four of the victims reported suffering facial and head pain along with bruising to other parts of the body. The 17-year-old girl was pushed down but was not injured. The 16-year-old male had his bike taken, according to reports.

The victims were treated at the scene by Rural/Metro Medical Services, but none of the victims was taken to the hospital.

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Burglar was running with drawer on empty

A burglar who broke into a Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet late Sunday came up empty, police said.

The burglar smashed a double plate-glass window of the restaurant at 470 E. Delavan Ave. at about 11:30 p.m. and made off with a cash drawer with nothing in it, police said.

The drawer was recovered in a puddle near the restaurant.

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