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>Falls police hunt girl after bank robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police were seeking a girl, who may be as young as 16, who threatened to use a gun while taking an undisclosed amount of money Saturday morning from the Citizen's Bank branch at 8298 Niagara Falls Blvd.

The girl was described as white, about 5 feet tall, with black hair. She was wearing a yellow sweat shirt, blue jeans, tan boots and a white baseball cap, and carried a backpack, police said. They said she entered the bank just before noon and handed a teller a note claiming that she had a gun. She demanded all the money in the drawer.

When the teller tried to give the robber a "dye pack" -- a bundle of money armed with an exploding ink cell to mark the bills -- the young woman shook her head and muttered "unh-uh." She was then given some other cash and walked out.

A branch manager watched the robber enter a blue, older-model four-door sedan and drive off. Police said they were unable to locate the vehicle or any suspect during a subsequent search of the area.

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>Vehicle damage probe produces 4 drug arrests

A report of a hit-and-run crash Saturday turned into a drug investigation with four arrests by Buffalo police.

The case began at about 4 a.m. when a vehicle smashed into a 1997 Monte Carlo parked in the driveway of a Moreland Avenue home.

The owner of the car reported the damage about 12 hours later, telling police that a black Chevrolet Blazer about 10 houses down had front-end damage. He also told Officer Robert Gonez, who investigated the case, with officers Robert Sheridan, Jack Kujawa and Kenneth Szyszkowski, and that parts on the ground near his car seemed to match the Blazer.

Officers reported finding several people in the Blazer, along with 71 bags of crack cocaine.

Darrell Hicks, 18; Jewelry Drake, 23; Suzette Drake, 21; and Pierre Morgan, 21, all of Buffalo, were charged with possession and sale of a controlled substance.

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>Attack on woman leads to assault, drug charges

A Buffalo man was charged with assault and drug counts Saturday after he punched a woman in her side while she was holding their 2-month-old daughter, police said.

Authorities said Eugene Davis, 19, punched the woman several times in her left ribs at about 4 p.m. in their home on Northland Avenue.

Northeast District Officers Michael Delong and Raymond Harrington said that, upon their arrival, Davis shoved Delong and tried to flee before he was arrested.

As Davis was being processing at the Erie County Holding Center in downtown Buffalo, Harrington found a baggie of marijuana stashed in the back of his patrol car where Davis had been sitting, police said.

Davis was charged third-degree assault, harassment, endangering the welfare of a child, obstruction of justice, unlawful possession of marijuana and promoting prison contraband.

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>Mugging victim stabbed with steak knife at plaza

A Buffalo man was stabbed in the thigh with a steak knife as he was mugged in Central Park Plaza Saturday afternoon, city police said.

The victim told investigators that two or three men attacked him and took his gold chain, which held a lion-shaped pendant.

One attacker stabbed the man in the left thigh with the knife, leaving him with a puncture wound. The victim was taken by Rural Metro ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

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>Driver reports shots fired at her vehicle

A Buffalo woman told city police somebody in a black car fired three or four shots at her vehicle while she was driving Friday night on Genesee Street.

The shooting happened at Genesee and Bailey Avenue at 11:45 p.m.

The woman said she didn't recognize the shooter.

The shots shattered the driver's side window.

The bullets went through her car's roof, police said.

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>Woman hurt in fall from float in parade

PELHAM, Ont. -- A 75-year-old woman was in serious condition after falling off a float Saturday in the Pelham Santa Claus Parade, Niagara Regional Police said.

Authorities said the parade had been under way for about 40 minutes when it slowed to a halt at about 1:10 p.m. at Canboro Road and Maple Avenue.

The woman apparently lost her balance and tumbled to the ground. She suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Welland Hospital.

She was then transferred to Hamilton General Hospital, where she was listed in serious condition late Saturday.

The float was constructed on an 18-wheeler truck.

Police were continuing their investigation.

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