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Female suspect sought in bank robbery

A Connecticut Street branch of First Niagara Bank was robbed Thursday morning and Buffalo police are searching for a female suspect, according to police reports.

The robbery occurred about 11:15 a.m. at the bank in the 300 block of Connecticut Street.

Police said the woman entered the bank and handed a note to a teller demanding money. No weapon was displayed. She left with an undisclosed sum of cash.

Described as a 5-foot-4, 130-pound black female in her 20s, she wore a short black leather jacket with black pants and a black and white knit cap.

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Drive-through rage nets arrest of customer

WRIGHTS CORNERS -- A case of McRage at a McDonald's restaurant here late Wednesday resulted in the arrest of a Gasport man, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

Wayne R. Freeman, 29, of Orangeport Road, was charged with felony criminal mischief and leaving the scene of an accident. Officers said he hit the drive-through order box and pole with his car at the McDonald's on Lockport-Olcott Road just before 11 p.m., causing $1,000 in damage.

Freeman said he was angry about a mistake in his order and told the staff he was "going to trash this place." Deputies said he then spun his tires, struck the order box and fled on Wheeler Road.

The incident was seen by a parking lot attendant and a video surveillance camera. Deputies quickly tracked down Freeman's vehicle and issued him an appearance ticket. Freeman told officers he had a short temper and his orders were continually wrong.

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Man accused of burning 2-year-old child

A Hagen Street man was indicted for allegedly burning a 2-year-old child he was baby-sitting, Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark announced Thursday.

Lamar Scott, 29, was ordered held without bail by State Supreme Court Justice Christopher J. Burns after pleading not guilty to an indictment charging him with first-degree assault and child endangerment for allegedly burning the child with a heater in a Gatchell Street flat in February.

Clark said Scott was caring for the child at the time, but he declined to comment further.

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Man pumping gas in Barker felled by lightning bolt

BARKER -- A 44-year-old man pumping gas late Wednesday afternoon was taken to the hospital after a lightning strike.

William H. Hall, of Lake Road, Barker, was treated and released from Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital, said Barker Police Chief W. Ross Annable.

"He's really lucky by the looks of the situation," Annable said.

Hall was at K&K Food Mart, 1651 Quaker Road, at about 5:26 p.m. when police believe lightning struck in the parking lot.

Hall had just placed the gas nozzle into his truck when the bolt knocked him to the ground, causing some blistering, Annable said.

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Two shot, sent to ECMC in robbery-home invasion

Two men were shot, one critically, early Thursday morning during a robbery-home invasion on the West Side, Buffalo police reported.

The attack occurred shortly before 1:30 a.m., when two men entered a home on Plymouth Avenue, between Rhode Island and Vermont streets.

Raphael Seabury, 23, of Tonawanda Street, was shot in the back of his right shoulder, while Christian Thomas, of Derby, was shot in the right leg.

Both men were taken to Erie County Medical Center, where Seabury was listed in critical condition later Thursday in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit. Thomas was treated in the emergency room. The attackers also robbed Thomas of $100, police said.

"Police believe that the victims may have known the suspects," police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

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Ex-sports announcer faces underage drinking charge

Charges of permitting underage drinking remain pending against John M. Gurtler Jr., former voice of the Buffalo Sabres and public address announcer for the Buffalo Bills, and members of his family after a judge continued the case Thursday.

Orchard Park Village Justice Philip M. Marshall set a new court date of Dec. 4. The delay is to allow plea negotiations to continue, he said.

Gurtler, his wife, Mary, and 18-year-old son, John M. Gurtler III, were arrested in June following a prom night party at their home on Orchard Terrace. Police said underage drinking was pervasive.

The charge, unlawfully dealing with a child, is a misdemeanor with a maximum sentence of one year in jail.

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