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Fast-food bomb threat turns out to be false

Northwest District police were called to a Niagara Street McDonald's restaurant Wednesday for a reported bomb threat, according to reports.

The manager of the restaurant at 2156 Niagara St. told police that an unknown male called the store claiming "there is a bomb coming through the drive-thru or inside your building."

Police searched the building and the premises but no bomb was found.


Bank on Elmwood Ave. is struck by robber

An Elmwood Avenue bank was robbed Wednesday morning by a man claiming to have a gun, Buffalo police reported.

The robbery occurred at the Key Bank at 274 Elmwood Ave. at about 10:45 a.m.

The robber, a 5-foot-11 black male with a tan hat, blue jeans, dark coat, gray hooded sweat shirt and brownish glasses, told a teller there, "I have a gun -- give me 50s." The man said the same thing about three times in a row, the teller told police.

No weapon was displayed. The man fled on foot with an undisclosed sum of cash.


Falls man pleads guilty in pot smuggling case

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man accused of smuggling 2.43 pounds of marijuana over the Rainbow Bridge from Canada in his vehicle Jan. 25 accepted a plea offer Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Jeremy D. Witherspoon, 20, of Cliff Street, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, a misdemeanor. He was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 13 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.


Woman's disappearance probed in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN -- State police here are investigating the disappearance of a Chautauqua County woman.

Corrie L. Anderson, 36, of Ashville, was last seen at 1:10 p.m. Tuesday leaving Lake County Dodge at 1001 Washington St., Jamestown, troopers said.

She was reported missing after she failed to pick up her child, which police said was very unusual for her.

Anderson was last seen driving a blue 2005 Dodge Caravan with New York license plate CX-404. The vehicle has not been located.

Anderson was described as 5-foot-11, 170 pounds, with green eyes and blond hair. She was last seen wearing black corduroy pants, a black leather jacket and small wire-rimmed glasses.

Anyone with information should call the State Police at 665-3113.


Suspect pleads not guilty to cocaine possession

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man arrested in Niagara Falls last year on charges of intending to sell cocaine pleaded not guilty to a two-count indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Timothy Cobb, 25, of Lemon Street, denied charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, stemming from a Niagara Falls police raid at a house on 18th Street on Sept. 27, 2007.

Co-defendant Shamir J. Suddith, 20, of Deer Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty in July to fifth-degree possession, and agreed to testify against Cobb. Suddith was sentenced last month to a year in jail.


Hamburg man pleads guilty to child porn possession

A Hamburg man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of possession of Internet child pornography.

Donald P. Garrett, 25, a former restaurant dishwasher, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

FBI agents last year found 193 child pornography images and a child porn video on Garrett's computers, Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango said.


Chase ends when suspect drives onto golf course

A man suspected of driving nearly double the speed limit on Shimerville Road in the Town of Clarence led state police on a chase that ended on a golf course Tuesday evening.

Troopers reported that the suspect, identified as Michael A. Dow, 36, of Clarence, was observed traveling at 66 mph in a 35-mph zone in a 2004 Ford Mustang. Trooper Troy Bullard tried to pull Dow over.

Dow allegedly refused, then drove into Brookfield Country Club and onto the golf course. The pursuit ended when Dow's vehicle became trapped in a waterway on the golf course.

Dow was taken into custody without further incident. He was charged with third-degree unlawfully fleeing a police officer, fourth-degree criminal mischief and driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned in Clarence Town Court and released on his own recognizance.


Multi-agency sweep targets suspected drug dealers

A multi-agency law enforcement effort was under way to execute 20 search warrants of suspected drug dealers in the Riverside and Black Rock areas of Buffalo on Wednesday, according to police reports.

"At this point, we can't comment on the details of the investigation until it's completed," said Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman.

Law enforcement from Buffalo, Amherst and the State Police were involved in the roundup.

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