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>School bus driver denies child abuse charges

WARSAW -- A Gainesville school bus driver pleaded not guilty in Wyoming County Court on Tuesday to charges that he molested two girls and punched a 5-year-old boy before leaving him on the side of the road with no parent around.

Alan A. Hamann, 64, who was arrested in May, has been indicted on a felony count of sexual abuse and three misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Hamann was an employee of First Student Bus Co. of Attica and was driving a bus for the Warsaw Central School District. Authorities said one of his female victims was younger than 11, and the other, younger than 17.


>Man enters guilty plea in Medicaid fraud case

A West Seneca man agreed Wednesday to repay the state Medicaid System more than $9,600 for falsely claiming he treated three brain-injured persons in Erie County last year.

Sean M. Broderick, 31, of Lorry Drive, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to three misdemeanor counts of falsifying business records.

Gary A. Baldauf, head of the State Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Bureau in Western New York, said Broderick's plea came after he agreed to make full restitution.

The judge warned Broderick that he will likely be placed on probation when he returns to court for sentencing Jan. 12 but if he reneges on his agreement to fully repay the Medicaid system he could get three, one-year jail terms for his crimes.

Baldauf confirmed that a local medical therapy company that had employed Broderick fired him after learning of his falsehoods.


>Police investigating report of rape

Sex offense squad detectives were investigating the attack on a 13-year-old girl that occurred last weekend in South Buffalo, Buffalo police said.

Police said the girl's mother said her daughter was on South Park Avenue late Saturday and early Sunday with a friend when they were led to a vacant apartment by two teenage males -- ages 15 and 18.

The victim was in a room with the two males and attempted to leave when the 18-year-old male blocked her from leaving and the 15-year-old raped her, police said.

The victim was treated Wednesday in Women and Children's Hospital.


>Burglar smashes window of Sherman Deli

A burglar smashed the front window of the Sherman Deli in the 800 block of Genesee Street early Wednesday, according to Ferry-Fillmore District police.

Mohamed Shabi told Officer James Kaska $700 damage was done to his window and several display racks were knocked over.

Police said Shabi is taking an inventory to determine if any merchandise was taken.

The break-in occurred at about 1:30 a.m.


>Threatening gesture leads to arrest

A threatening gesture involving a gun resulted in Joseph Martin being arrested Tuesday night for criminal possession of a loaded weapon, menacing and marijuana possession, Northeast District police said.

Martin, 19, of Hager Street, allegedly lifted up his shirt and displayed a handgun as he threatened an individual on the 200 block of East Delavan Avenue at about 8:30 p.m.

Officer Michael Sullivan made the arrest with assistance from Officers David O'Brien, Michael DeLong, Paul Fitzpatrick, Mark Goodspeed, Darren Labedz and Don Lopez.

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