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Charge filed in rash of bank robberies

A Buffalo man suspected of involvement in a rash of bank robberies in the northern suburbs has been charged with one bank robbery in Amherst, authorities said Thursday.

Jerome T. Ware, 31, of Forest Avenue, has been charged in the Jan. 24 holdup of the Citizens Bank on Sheridan Drive, Amherst police said.

Ware was arraigned Thursday in Amherst Town Court on a first-degree robbery charge. He remained jailed on $200,000 bail set by Amherst Town Justice Geoffrey K. Klein.

Meanwhile, investigators are showing photos and comparing notes on more than half a dozen similar bank robberies, each involving a similar note handed to a teller. In many of those holdups, authorities weren't sure whether the bandit was a man or woman.

"The potential is that we're going to clear up seven or eight cases in Amherst and the other jurisdictions," Amherst Capt. Timothy Green said. Those cases are believed to be in Amherst, Cheektowaga, North Tonawanda and the Town of Tonawanda.

Ware was arrested Monday as a fugitive from justice in New Jersey, after a bank security officer in Amherst noticed him acting suspiciously and alerted authorities.

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Drive-by shooting wounds Buffalo man in buttocks

An 18-year-old man was shot in the buttocks Thursday evening, Buffalo police reported.

The victim, whose name was not immediately available, was walking near Timon and High streets about 7 p.m. when shots were fired at him from a white car with at least four men inside.

Major crimes detectives were searching for suspects in the shooting. The victim's injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

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