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'Fundraisers' for UB are phony, police say

Residents of Amherst and Cheektowaga are being advised to shut the door on anyone seeking charitable donations who claims to be a University at Buffalo student.

UB police said people posing as students have been going door to door seeking donations, although nobody is authorized to collect money on behalf of the university or its programs. Campus and town police are attempting to track down the impostors.

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Two accused of taking copper from building

PERRYSBURG -- Two Lackawanna men were arrested Friday shortly after state police discovered a cache of copper pipes stacked outside the abandoned J.N. Adam Developmental Center Hospital, police said.

Eric Nowak, 22, and Brian Salamon, 20, were charged with third-degree burglary, criminal possession of burglary tools, third-degree criminal mischief and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Troopers on foot checking the hospital grounds spotted pipes after noticing a car carrying two men heading toward the location. Troopers radioed a description of the car to another trooper patrolling the area, who stopped Nowak and Salamon a few miles from the hospital, police said.

The two are accused of entering the buildings and taking the pipe to sell for scrap.

They were arraigned in Perrysburg Town Court and were being held in Cattaraugus County Jail in Little Valley, in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

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Woman gets $2 million in '03 fall from roof

Kristen Moore, whose brief career as a construction worker came to a painful end when she fell off an unguarded roof four years ago, accepted a $2 million cash settlement Friday as her unsafe workplace trial was about to begin, her attorney said.

Moore, 26, of Hamburg, agreed to the settlement as jury selection was about to begin before State Supreme Court Justice Frederick J. Marshall, said attorney Jeffrey A. Perla.

Moore was on a crew installing a roof at the Soldier Wood Circle housing development in Orchard Park when she fell more than 30 feet and suffered permanent back injuries about 5 p.m. April 23, 2003, Perla said.

Moore, who had been working as a construction worker for about a month for the now-defunct SKS Construction Co. of Buffalo, has been told by physicians her permanent back injuries will prevent her from ever returning to construction work, Perla said.

The full cash settlement will be paid within the next 21 days by insurance carriers for the Big G. Roofing Co., Essex Homes of WNY and the Chestnut Ridge Village LLC, the attorney said.

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Amherst man faces sex-abuse charges

Amherst police Friday arrested a man suspected of sexually abusing a child.

John T. McCooey, 48, of Glenhaven Drive was charged with felony course of sexual conduct against a child and misdemeanor sex abuse. No information was disclosed about the victim or the circumstances that led to McCooey's arrest.

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Two held without bail in two Bailey holdups

Henry L. Ford and Lamont Jenkins were ordered to remain in jail without bail Friday following their indictments on attempted murder and other charges for early morning stickups last April of two Bailey Avenue businesses.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang remanded both after they entered innocent pleas on attempted murder, robbery and weapons charges for the April 29 incidents at the M&N Mini Mart at 2360 Bailey and Mike's Steak Joint at 3355 Bailey. They have been jailed since last spring.

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Would-be burglar flees when he sees couple

A burglar was apparently scared away Thursday morning when he broke into a Grant Street apartment and was surprised to see a couple inside the home, police said.

A woman and her boyfriend were inside her home, in the 1000 block of Grant, at about 7:30 a.m. when they heard a burglar kick in the door to the building and then kick in the door to her apartment, according to Northwest District police.

The burglar was surprised by the couple and fled through the rear door. Police said nothing was stolen during the home invasion.

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Alcohol at party leads to charges against couple

SHERIDAN -- A Sheridan couple faces charges after a May 27 post-prom party in their home that included alcoholic beverages.

Dwayne E. Haskins and Robyn L. Pratt-Haskins were charged with endangering the welfare of a child and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child, state police at Fredonia said.

Thirty-nine students from Silver Creek High School and surrounding high schools attended the party. The students were turned over to their parents, police said.

The couple was released with appearance tickets to return to Sheridan Town Court at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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