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Woman in spiked wig robs bank on Grant Street

A woman wearing a wig of spiked short brown hair entered the M&T Bank branch at 130 Grant St. at about 9:30 a.m. today and made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police said the woman handed a teller a note demanding cash and said she had a weapon, though one was not displayed. She was described as a heavyset black woman in her late 20s or early 30s, about 5 feet, 7 inches, was wearing large wire-rim glasses and a dark coat. An investigation was continuing, according to Northwest District police.

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Two killed, one injured in Ontario apartment fir

THOROLD, Ont. -- Two men died and a woman was injured in an early Thursday morning apartment fire here, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The blaze broke out shortly after 2 a.m. in an upper apartment in a duplex at 34 Pine St., near Sullivan Avenue.

A female tenant escaped through a window and was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital with serious injuries. She was later transported by air ambulance to Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

Emergency responders found the bodies of two adult males inside the residence. The bodies were taken to Hamilton General Hospital for autopsy.

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Footprints in the snow lead to burglary arrest

A Lackawanna police officer tracked footprints in the snow to arrest a Lackawanna man in connection with an Ingham Avenue burglary Wednesday.

A resident returned home at about 7:50 a.m. to find a suspicious man leaving the area carrying a bag. The resident then found his door broken, with some jewelry, stereo equipment and photo equipment either missing or stacked in a pile near the door.

Officer Keith Alvarez followed footprints in the freshly fallen snow to nearby Stoney Street, where he recovered the missing items and made an arrest.

Alvarez charged Michael G. Cheatom, 40, of Thomas Terrace, with burglary, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

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Man with ice pick robs Rite Aid store

A man armed with an ice pick robbed a William Street pharmacy Thursday afternoon, Buffalo police reported.

The robbery occurred at Rite Aid, 476 William St., at about 5:45 p.m.

A cashier told police a 6-foot-tall man with a thin build pulled out the ice pick, reached over the counter into the register and took $50.

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Assailants shoot victim for resisting robbery

A Playter Street man remained in critical condition today in Erie County Medical Center after he was the victim of a shooting early Thursday morning at his house, Homicide Squad Lt. Kenneth Bienko said.

Shammim Williams, 25, was outside his house at 209 Playter at about 2:30 a.m. when two men approached him and knocked him to the ground. They took money and keys to his car.

The gunmen then forced Williams into another apartment at the house. Williams was shot in the arm after he struggled with one of the men, according to reports. The bullet passed through his arm and into his side.

The gunmen fled in Williams' vehicle.

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Sex offender pleads guilty to child pornography

A 42-year-old Buffalo man who has already served time for sexual abuse of a child pleaded guilty to a child pornography charge Thursday.

David Lewandowski admitted that he possessed child pornography on his home computer earlier this year. He was arrested by FBI agents.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Allison P. Gioia said Lewandowski completed a 97-month federal prison term in July 2004. She said that prison term was for aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

Lewandowski violated the terms of his supervised release by possessing the child pornography, the prosecutor said. District Judge William M. Skretny scheduled sentencing for April 28, 2006.

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Bank on Main Street in Amherst is robbed

A man claiming to be armed with a gun entered the First Niagara Bank branch at 5110 Main St., Amherst, at 11 a.m. Thursday and made off with an undetermined amount of cash.

"No dye pack or I'll start shooting," the unidentified bank robber told a teller, according to Amherst police Lt. Rick Walter, who added no weapon was displayed.

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Discovery of dead deer in Stiglmeier Park probed

New York State conservation officers are looking into the circumstances surrounding a dead deer found in Stiglmeier Park in Cheektowaga on Thursday.

The deer had been shot and also may have been involved in an automobile accident, said Meaghan Boice-Green, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

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