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>Boy, 15, accused of calling school with bomb threat

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with felony falsely reporting an incident in connection with calling in a bomb threat to Lorraine Academy on Monday, Buffalo police reported.

The juvenile suspect, whose name was withheld, is scheduled to appear in Family Court at a future date.

The incident occurred Monday morning at the Lorraine Avenue school. Buffalo police evacuated the school and searched the building with bomb-sniffing dogs.

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>NFTA OKs settlement with bus driver over arrest

The Niagara Frontier Transit Authority has approved a $65,000 settlement with a Metro Bus driver who was arrested following a 2003 incident where she intervened in a scuffle between a female high school student and NFTA police at the Utica Metro Rail station.

Elizabeth Taylor Oliver, who was acquitted of several charges including obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest in a 2004 trial, claimed the officers used excessive force against the teen.

Oliver filed a civil suit against her employer following her acquittal.

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>Ex-border guard sentenced to home confinement

A former U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer from Akron who accessed a government computer to obtain information about a family member was sentenced Tuesday to five months in a Buffalo halfway house and five months of home confinement, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said.

Kelly Bossinger, 42, was convicted in July by a federal jury of unauthorized access of a government computer, conspiracy and making a false statement.

The jury found Bossinger used other customs officers to unlawfully access the computer to obtain confidential law enforcement information about a family member who was the subject of a drug investigation, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory L. Brown.

She was charged with conspiracy and making a false statement because she tried to cover up the wrongdoing. Bossinger was sentenced before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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>5 fire companies battle blaze at Davey Tree

Firefighters from five suburban volunteer companies responded to fire early Tuesday at Davey Tree and Lawn Care in Cheektowaga.

Volunteers from Hy-View, U-Crest, Forks, Depew and Bowmansville responded to a 12:18 a.m. alarm at one of the company's buildings at 6500 Transit Road, near Genesee Street, police said.

Details about the extent of the damage or the cause were unavailable Tuesday.

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>Man treated in hospital after being punched, kicked

An Elmwood Avenue man was taken to the hospital Monday night after being assaulted by two men on the city's West Side, police said.

The victim was treated in Millard Fillmore Hospital for pain and swelling to his head and pain to his groin.

Northwest District police said the victim was at West Ferry and Grant streets at about 7 p.m. when two men whom he knew began punching and kicking him.

One of his attackers dropped his cell phone following the assault. Police recovered the phone as evidence.

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>$2,400 in tools stolen from construction site

Thieves stole about $2,400 worth of tools from a construction site on Clinton Street, Central District police reported.

A representative from STS Construction said the theft happened at 342 Clinton St. sometime between 3:30 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Monday.

Police said the thief entered the construction site and stole two chop saws, a generator, two circular saws, two nail guns and a wheelbarrow.

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>Buffalo man killed in Michigan identified

The Buffalo man killed in Michigan over the weekend when his car crossed an interstate's center median and collided with a tractor-trailer has been identified as Craig Simmons Sr., 54, of Goulding Avenue, police said Tuesday.

Simmons was pronounced dead at the scene, on Interstate 94 in Chesterfield, Mich., early Saturday morning, Chesterfield Township police said. The accident occurred at about 12:05 a.m.

"There is no immediate known cause for him losing control," Detective Sgt. Brad Kersten said. "Alcohol and drugs do not appear, on the surface, to be causes."

Police said Simmons had moved to Oak Park, Mich., but had recently moved back to Buffalo. Family members told police he had returned to Michigan to remove some items from storage.

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>2 men sought in robbery of W. Ferry Street store

Buffalo police are looking for two men who robbed a West Side convenience store at gunpoint Monday night.

The two men, wearing dark bandannas covering their mouths, entered Island Mini Mart, 232 W. Ferry St., at about 8:15 p.m., according to Northwest District police.

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