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>Street sweeper kills bulldog on Dearborn St.

A bulldog was struck and killed late Thursday afternoon by a city of Buffalo street sweeper on Dearborn Street, according to officials.

The incident occurred about 4:45 p.m. when the sweeper was making a pass in the 300 block of Dearborn. The dog raced off the porch from 315 Dearborn St. and became entangled in the sweeper.

The dog was found dead at the scene by animal control officer Chuck Loubert, who retrieved the 90-pound dog and brought it to the city Animal Shelter.

"It was really a heartbreaker," Loubert said.


>Molester of boys to receive 15-year prison sentence

A Ryan Street man pleaded guilty Thursday to sex abuse and attempted sexual abuse charges linked to attacks on Buffalo boys over several years.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. told Norman F. Grimm Jr., 53, he will be sentenced to 15 years in prison, then be required to register as a New York State sex offender.

Grimm will be sentenced Nov. 2.

Assistant Erie County District Attorney Rachel L. Newton said Grimm sexually abused a 5-year-old boy and attempted to sexually abuse boys ages 7 and 8 in his home between November 2003 and last Sept. 27. He faces federal child pornography charges, as well.

Kloch said his state prison term would run concurrently with the 15-year federal prison term he could face. Grimm is expected to plead guilty to federal child pornography charges July 20, Newton said.

Grimm was arrested Oct. 1 following an investigation by the Erie County district attorney's office, the FBI and Buffalo police, Newton said.


>Watercraft operator cited in collision with another

Two operators of personal watercraft in Buffalo Harbor crashed into each other Wednesday.

The watercraft, operated by Corey H. Hooker, 20, of Ferndale Road, Amherst, and Nicole Dimino, 22, of Greiner Road, Clarence, collided about 1 p.m., sheriff's officials said.

Police said Dimino's machine turned sharply in front of Hooker's, triggering the collision. Dimino was taken to Erie County Medical Center, where she was treated for a broken jaw and wrist, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Hooker was cited for not having a license to operate his watercraft. Police said alcohol was not involved.


>Deliveryman scares off armed robbers at pizzeria

Two men trying to rob a Grant Street pizzeria early Thursday apparently were scared off when a pizza deliveryman pulled up in front of the store, police reported.

The men, both with shirts covering their faces, entered Zip's Pizza, 409 Grant St., at about 3:11 a.m., Northwest District police said.

One of the men stood by the door and held it open. Police said his accomplice confronted the store's manager, pointed a .45-caliber gun in his face and told him, "Open the drawer and give me all the money."

The gunman then pointed a gun at a female worker and said, "I'll shoot her if you don't give me the money."

When a pizza deliveryman arrived at the store, the two men ran through an alleyway without taking any money, according to police.


>Trying to stop carjacker, owner hangs onto door

A Buffalo man tried to stop a gunpoint carjacking early Thursday, but he ended up being dragged about 25 feet as he hung onto the driver's side door, police said.

The robber drove away in his car. It was unclear if the car owner was injured.

The incident began at about 12:40 a.m. when the man was sitting inside his vehicle, along with a man in the rear passenger seat, at East Delavan Avenue and Suffolk Street, reported Northeast District police. An unknown man wearing a white Sabres hat approached them, brandished an army-green-colored gun, and ordered them to get out.

The gunman then drove away, but the car owner tried to stop him by grabbing onto the driver's side door, police said.

The gunman escaped with the car and drove east on East Delavan. The car also contained the victim's wallet.


>Using elevator to flee deputies proves unwise

A Littlefield Street man who tried to escape from Erie County sheriff's deputies wound up getting off a Main Place Mall elevator into their waiting handcuffs Wednesday morning, sheriff's deputies reported.

Morrell Buster, 34, was charged with felony criminal possession of drugs with the intent to sell and criminal possession of a controlled substance, plus five other criminal charges, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies initially questioned Buster at about 9:30 a.m. when Deputy Joseph Belden saw him get into an illegally parked car in the 100 block of Pearl Street. Buster, who also was wanted on a criminal charge in Hamburg, pushed Belden and fled toward the mall parking ramp with a clear bag containing drugs, deputies said.

Belden and Deputy Gary Mosier gave chase. Buster dashed into an elevator, but Belden and Deputy Nate Gonzalez were waiting for him.

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