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Teen, juvenile charged with trying to pass fake bills

Two boys were arrested Thursday in connection with attempting to pass counterfeit money in a school lunchroom, according to police reports.

Representatives from School 63, also known as Campus North, told police that Apolonio E. Claussells, 16, of Rosetta Petruzzi Way, and a younger boy had fake money, which was manufactured by the younger boy.

The school was temporarily locked down Thursday afternoon while police investigated.

Police believe the younger boy printed about $9,000 in fake $1, $5, $20 and $100 bills on his computer and was passing it out around the school.

Officials had recovered bills for about $1,300 as of late Thursday afternoon.

The unnamed juvenile was charged with forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument. Claussells was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument after he allegedly had two counterfeit $100 bills.

A security officer at the school found the fake money in Claussells' belongings, police said. The investigation is continuing.


Man is assaulted, thrown into traffic on E. Delavan

A Loring Avenue man was listed in fair condition Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after he was assaulted and thrown into traffic, where he crashed into a car windshield, police reported.

Michael Millner, no age reported, was attacked by a man at about 9:15 a.m. in the 1100 block of East Delavan, police said.

The man initially struck Millner, then threw him into traffic. Millner suffered severe injuries and cuts to his head, according to reports.


'Deer lady's' next case will be heard in Amherst

Anita Depczynski, Cheektowaga's "deer lady," faces a nonjury trial in Amherst Town Court on a charge of violating the state Department of Environmental Conservation's ban on feeding white-tailed deer Oct. 8.

Amherst Town Justice Mark Farrell on Thursday did not set a date for the trial, but, according to a court clerk, Depczynski is due back in court Jan. 10.

Depczynski, 65, was released from jail this week after serving time for her 2004 conviction for feeding deer and violating a conditional discharge on another deer-feeding charge.

Since her conviction in 2004, she was ticketed several times for feeding deer. She was given a conditional discharge on three counts earlier this year and then was ticketed again Oct. 8 by Cheektowaga police.

The case is being handled in Amherst because Cheektowaga justices have recused themselves.

Depczynski has become an advocate for keeping Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga in its natural state and monitoring town activities at the park.


Robbery suspect caught; bank money recovered

A Northampton Street man was arrested shortly after a lunchtime robbery Thursday of a Main Street HSBC Bank branch, Buffalo police reported.

Henry L. Davis III, 23, faces robbery and marijuana possession charges in the 11:20 a.m. incident at the 973 Main St. branch of HSBC.

Police said Davis passed a note to a teller stating "give me the money or I take someone hostage." He obtained a sum of cash and fled out a back door, according to police.

Police converged on the area and took Davis into custody in the 900 block of Ellicott Street. The money was recovered.


Fast-food restaurant on West Ferry robbed

A West Ferry Street McDonald's restaurant was robbed at gunpoint late Thursday, and police are searching for suspects, Buffalo police reported.

Police said a male entered the store shortly before 9 p.m. armed with a long-barreled revolver and demanded money from a cashier.

He fled with at least one other person in a black car, police said.

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