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>Teller's move to activate alarm thwarts bank robber

A man who attempted to rob a downtown Citibank branch early Monday morning fled without any money after a teller went to activate an alarm, Buffalo police reported.

Bank officials at the Citibank at 409 Main St. told police the man entered the bank shortly before 9:30 a.m. and said to the teller, "Please give me 20s and 10s." When the teller moved to press an alarm button, the man said, "Please don't, please don't," and then fled the bank, heading north on Main and east into Lafayette Square.

The man was in his 30s. He had a thin build with medium complexion. He wore a tan knit hat, a black leather coat and a white shirt.

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>Antoncich sentenced to serve 40 hours in work program

LOCKPORT -- Former Cambria Highway Superintendent Willard F. Antoncich will serve 40 hours in the Niagara County work program after pleading guilty Friday to a reduced charge of lying to a grand jury probing charges that his nephew stole property from the Highway Department.

Antoncich, 68, of Cambria-Wilson Road, pleaded guilty before County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to attempted third-degree perjury, a Class B misdemeanor, and was immediately sentenced, said his attorney, George V.C. Muscato.

Antoncich had been indicted on two felony perjury counts. He allegedly told the grand jury last summer that his nephew, Thomas J. Schuler, 45, of Lower Mountain Road, gave him $1,483 in cash for culvert pipe and topsoil Schuler used to fill a ditch in front of his home.

Schuler, a highway employee, pleaded guilty March 16 to a misdemeanor, attempted tampering with physical evidence, and is to repay $2,100 to the town before sentencing May 11 by Sperrazza.

Antoncich resigned as highway superintendent in August 2004 after being charged with having the town pay $500 to repair a portable generator he owned and for adding toy farm machinery for himself to orders the town sent to a local John Deere dealer.

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