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HSBC Bank on Main Street robbed of about $200

The HSBC Bank at 973 Main St. was robbed of about $200 Wednesday by a man carrying a small black bag in front of him.

Central District officers said the man entered the bank at 9:15 a.m. and gave a teller a note that said, "Stick Up." He then said, "Hurry up, nothing large." The teller gave him about $200 in small bills.

The man left the bank and fled east toward Washington Street. He was described as in his 30s, black, 5-foot-8 and weighing about 170 pounds. Witnesses said he had a large nose and wore a black silk hat with "Buffalo Choppers" on it, a black coat and sneakers.

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Crack cocaine discovered in car; three arrested

Buffalo police arrested three men Wednesday and reported confiscating crack cocaine from the ash tray of a car parked at Orange and Carlton streets.

Officer Jeff Varecka said he saw the three getting out of an Oldsmobile shortly after 5 p.m. When he approached, he said, one of them started running.

Michael D. Atkins, 24, of Humboldt Parkway, was arrested on Lemon Street on charges of obstructing governmental administration.

Demetrius A. McCreary, 19, of Peach Street, and Lamar J. Stokes, 20, of Lemon Street, were arrested at the car.

All three were charged with felony possession of crack cocaine and possession of drugs with intent to sell them. Officers reported finding eight eighth-of-an-ounce packages of crack cocaine in the ashtray.

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Woman robbed of $7,000 she won at Falls casino

A Buffalo woman was robbed of $7,000 she had just won at the Seneca Niagara Casino early today after she drove home and got out of her vehicle, police said.

The victim told Northwest District police that she had just driven into her Delham Avenue driveway at about 4:25 a.m. when she was confronted by a man who said, "Give me your purse."

The robber snatched her purse, causing her to fall down. The purse contained her $7,000 winnings, credit cards and driver's license.

The woman told police that the robber might have followed her from the casino.

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Three charged in connection with two drive-by shootings

Three Buffalo men were charged with firing bullets from a car in two drive-by shootings Wednesday afternoon, according to Central District police.

Scott D. Anderson, 21, of Elk Street; Anthony D. Lee Jr., 17, of Michigan Avenue; and George Lewis, 19, of East Delavan Avenue were charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.

Lewis also faces the additional charges of reckless endangerment, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Police said occupants of a white car fired multiple shots at a gray car Wednesday afternoon on Holloway Boulevard. Within a few hours, the same white car went to the 400 block of Louisiana Street, where more shots were fired, police said.

At about 5:40 p.m., officers pulled over a white car on Dodge Street with Anderson sitting in the driver's seat. Lewis then fired a shot from the car, police said, and ran out of the vehicle.

Officers David Littere and Leo McGrath arrested Lee and Anderson at the scene, while Lewis was arrested after he was found hiding in the attic of a Michigan Avenue house.

Officers recovered a 9 mm casing inside the car, while NFTA officers recovered a 9 mm handgun that is believed to be the weapon used in the shooting.

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Man charged with DWI has three prior convictions

A 29-year-old Buffalo man with three felony DWI convictions was charged again Tuesday night with drunken driving after he was stopped for playing loud music, police reported.

Jeffrey D. McQuiller, of Richmond Avenue, was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle for his revoked driver's license.

According to police reports, McQuiller has three prior felony DWI convictions on March 4, 2003; June 26, 2002; and Feb. 16, 2000.

South District Officer Mark Slawek reported that he heard the loud music as McQuiller was driving in the 1000 block of South Park at about 9:20 p.m.

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