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>Man, 18, accused of making bomb threats

A Town of Tonawanda resident arrested Friday is accused of making bomb threats in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

Jeffrey M. Drake, 18, faces three felony counts of falsely reporting an incident, Town of Tonawanda police said. Police and school officials investigated.

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>5 charged in holding teen against her will

Five people face charges for holding a 15-year-old girl against her will for nearly two weeks in an Elk Street apartment, where the teen also was raped, Buffalo police said Friday.

The girl was reported missing by her parents on Nov. 27.

Raymond Gutowski, 19; William Folts, 19, and Jessica Corey, 18, all of the Elk Street address; William F. Harris, 16, of Niagara Falls; and Jonathan A. Ray, 19, of Elk Street were each charged with endangering the welfare of a child, unlawful imprisonment and unlawfully dealing with a child.

Ray also was charged with rape and Gutowski, marijuana possession.

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>Perfume in drink leads to arrest of student

SANBORN -- Niagara-Wheatfield High School student was arrested on felony assault charges Thursday after she allegedly put perfume into the drink of an assistant principal, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Billie Jacobs, no age listed, is accused of putting "U" perfume into the cola of Assistant Principal James R. Campbell shortly before noon Thursday. The assistant principal had stepped outside his office momentarily, leaving Jacobs inside alone, police said.

Police said he drank the cola shortly after the student left the office and became violently ill, with symptoms including a strong burning sensation in the mouth, throat and stomach.

When Assistant Principal Vincent Vanderlip attempted to seize Jacobs' purse and backpack, she slapped him in the face and punched him twice in the head, police said.

School officials and police recovered two bottles of perfume from her purse. The student told police she used the perfume in Campbell's office but denied putting it into his drink, police said.

Jacobs was arraigned in Lewiston Justice Court and taken to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail, or $10,000 property bond. She is scheduled to return to court at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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>Construction worker dies after fall off building

OLEAN -- A Pennsylvania construction worker was killed Thursday afternoon after he fell from a roof while working in the Town of Olean, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials reported.

Jason L. Robinson, 36, of New Brighton, Pa., was working on the Dominion Transmission pipeline project off Hostageh Road when he fell from a 40-foot high roof on a steel frame building shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Olean General Hospital.

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>Lockport M&T branch robbed by two men

LOCKPORT -- Two men robbed the M&T Bank branch at Pine and Walnut streets around 11:30 a.m. Friday.

One of the men displayed a handgun and demanded cash from a teller, police said. The two fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Lockport Police Detective Lt. Richard Podgers said Niagara County and Amherst K-9 units brought in German shepherds and bloodhounds, but the bandits remained at large late Friday. Niagara County sheriff's deputies, FBI agents and State Police also assisted.

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>Boy shot by BB gun while riding his bicycle

WILSON -- A woman said someone with a BB gun shot her son in the hand as he rode his bicycle on Randall Road about 8 p.m. Thursday.

The boy, who fell from his bike, was taken to Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital for treatment, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Witnesses told deputies they believe the shot came from an older, maroon car, and said they saw four people in the car laughing.

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>Propane explosion causes minor damage at hotel

NIAGARA FALLS -- A propane tank explosion in a water-treatment area of the Seneca Niagara Casino Hotel caused minor damage Friday afternoon.

The Niagara Falls Fire Department responded to the explosion at 3:11 p.m. on the south side of the hotel, where a sprinkler system had activated in a building adjacent to the hotel.

Seneca Niagara spokesman Philip J. Pantano said the propane tank was used to fuel portable heaters keeping water pipes warm. He added it appears the tank ignited when a hose melted.

Fire officials estimated damages at between $5,000 and $6,000.

The partial grand opening for the 26-story hotel is scheduled for New Year's Eve.

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