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Gunman has man strip, but finds no money

A robber slammed a West Side man in the head with the butt of a shotgun about 1:25 a.m. Thursday at Normal Avenue and Vermont Street, Central District police said.

When the victim fell to the ground, the robber ordered him to remove his clothing and yelled repeatedly, "Where's the money?"

The victim, police said, did not have any money, and the robber fled. The victim received treatment for a cut on his right cheek in Erie County Medical Center.

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Students uninjured in bus-car collision

ROYALTON -- Nine students from Niagara Academy escaped injury after a car turned into the path of their bus just after 3 p.m. Thursday on Gasport and Rochester roads, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

The students, who were en route from the Board of Cooperative Educational Services alternative school, were checked by Medina High School staffers, then released to their homes.

The driver of the car -- Gail Urtel, 36, of West High Street, Lockport -- was charged with failure to yield the right of way, deputies said.

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Catalytic converters cut from four vehicles

Catalytic converters were cut from four vehicles at a fenced parking lot on Chandler Street, Buffalo police said Wednesday.

The vehicles, owned by Mancini Enterprises, included a 1997 Subaru, 1994 Dodge pickup, 1995 Subaru wagon and 1992 Honda Accord. Northwest District police are investigating.

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Woman, 18, fights off, flees would-be rapist

A Cheektowaga woman managed to escape being sexually assaulted early Thursday when she realized her would-be attacker had faked having a gun, Ferry-Fillmore police said.

The victim, 18, told police a man approached her from behind her and pushed what she thought was the barrel of a gun into her back at about 4:15 a.m. in the 2100 block of Bailey Avenue.

As the man attempted to remove her clothing between two vacant houses, she told police, she realized he did not have a gun and pushed him to the ground and ran away.

The man was described as black, 5 feet, 9 inches tall and wearing a black leather coat, blue sneakers and a white baseball cap.

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Deputies nab suspect in drug transaction

They were working on a different case at the time, but that didn't stop Erie County sheriff's deputies from making an arrest after they witnessed what they believe was a drug deal Wednesday night in Springville.

Michelle Bantin, 42, of Collins Spring Road, Concord, was charged with two felony drug-related counts. The deal, involving 20 hydrocodone pills, occurred shortly after 6 p.m. outside Casey's Coachlight Inne on Main Street, where Bantin had been a patron, according to deputies.

Detectives Jack Graham, Greg McCarthy, Matt Noecker and Deputy Christopher Butera happened to be working on a different case -- the nature of which wasn't disclosed -- when they saw the transaction, Sheriff Tim Howard said Thursday.

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Raid results in arrest in child porn case

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A Niagara Falls man arrested Wednesday distributed child pornography over the Internet, Niagara Regional Police said.

Darcy A. Wiley, 35, of Buchanan Avenue was charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. His arrest followed a two-month investigation, police said.

Police said they raided Wiley's residence and seized computer components.

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