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Boy, 8, says he got idea for sex act from movie

An 8-year-old boy who is charged with sexually abusing a 6-year-old boy told Buffalo police he got the idea from scenes he saw in an R-rated movie, Northeast District police said.

A woman contacted city police late Friday after discovering the two in her son's room, police said.

The 8-year-old told police he got the idea from a movie he had watched with his brother, "Lockdown," a 2000 movie that contains scenes of prison rape. The 6-year-old was treated in Women and Children's Hospital.

The 8-year-old, who was released to his mother, faces charges of criminal sexual act and aggravated sexual abuse -- both felonies -- and misdemeanor forcible touching and sexual misconduct.


Dryer probed as cause of fire at Holiday Inn

A malfunctioning dryer is the apparent cause of a small but smoky fire Saturday morning in the basement laundry room at the Holiday Inn on Delaware Avenue.

About 40 rooms in the hotel were evacuated as a precaution, general manager Harry Flak said.

An employee discovered the fire at about 9:30 a.m. and shut off the dryer, Flak said.

"We evacuated as we always do when there's an alarm," he said.

Hotel guests were allowed to go back inside the building at 620 Delaware Ave. after about 15 minutes.

"It looks like just the motor overheated," Flak said.

Buffalo firefighters, who were still investigating the cause, estimated damage to the building at $5,000. Heavy smoke caused an estimated $100,000 in damage to the contents of the building, according to firefighters.


Search continues for missing woman

State Police on Saturday continued their search for a West Falls woman who has been missing since a Dec. 22 fire destroyed her home.

Police also are investigating if the case is connected to two recent break-ins in Orchard Park.

Other police agencies joined in the search Saturday for 87-year-old Geraldine Jackson, according to Trooper Jim Krawczyk. Searchers included forest rangers and the Erie County Sheriff's Office, he said.

As of Saturday evening, there was nothing new to report in the investigation, Krawczyk said.

However, police are probing whether there is a connection between Jackson's disappearance and two break-ins early Friday in Orchard Park. Police said they don't have any evidence connecting them, but Orchard Park police and State Police are comparing notes on the cases, an Orchard Park police dispatcher said Saturday.

Orchard Park police believe the same man broke into the homes of two elderly women early Friday.


Two Lancaster men robbed of $500, vehicle

Two Lancaster men allegedly attempting to buy drugs in the city were robbed of cash and their car at gunpoint early Saturday morning, Buffalo police said.

The victims came to the intersection of Doat and Theodore streets to buy marijuana or pills from a man who goes by the nickname "Tully," police said.

One of the victims told police he had met the man in April and May when both were in Erie County Jail.

"Tully" and another man allegedly held guns to both victims' heads and took $500 and a blue 1997 Ford Taurus, according to a police report.


Firefighters probing Grant Street fire

Buffalo fire investigators continue to probe the cause of a Saturday afternoon blaze that caused $100,000 damage to a Grant Street building that houses a delicatessen and an apartment.

Firefighters were summoned to the blaze at 294 Grant St., at West Delavan Avenue, at 1:28 p.m., according to Buffalo fire officials. The fire started in the first floor of the 2 1/2 -story frame structure and spread to the second floor and the attic.

The fire caused $75,000 damage to the building and $25,000 damage to the contents. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

A firefighter suffered a minor injury battling the blaze.

Later Saturday, Northwest District Officer Thomas W. James arrested a looter who is accused of going into the grocery store after the fire and stealing about $3,000 worth of cigarettes.

Abdul Ramadan, 31, of Leroy Avenue is charged with grand larceny.

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