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>Camera captures image of bank robber

A Cheektowaga bank was robbed Monday morning by a man whose image was captured by surveillance cameras.

Town police said the robbery occurred at 11:32 a.m. at the HSBC Bank at 4237 Union Road. The robber demanded cash from a teller and left with an undisclosed amount.

The robber was a white man believed to be in his late 40s. He's approximately 6 feet tall, 200 pounds and has dark hair and a scruffy beard. It's possible he left the area in a four-door Oldsmobile, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 686-3976.

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>Son of Chosen Few chief accused of witness threats

The 23-year-old son of Chosen Few motorcycle club president Alex Koschtschuk was arrested Monday afternoon by FBI agents who accused him of threatening a government witness.

Chad Koschuk, of Alden, who spells his name differently than his father, is accused of witness tampering, Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce said.

A witness in the ongoing investigation of the Chosen Few told authorities that Koschuk recently made threats to sexually assault the victim and cut off his long hair in retaliation for testifying against his father, Bruce said.

But Alex Koschtschuk's attorney, Paul J. Cambria, said there is another side to the story.

"This government witness has made threats against [Koschuk] and threatening gestures to his mother," Cambria said. "It seems like the federal government operates under a double standard."

Since a crackdown that began in May, Chosen Few members and supporters have claimed they are being treated unfairly by government prosecutors and agents.

The elder Koschtschuk, 58, is the lead defendant among 20 Chosen Few members who face a variety of charges, including racketeering, weapons possession, arson and assault.

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>Police appeal for help in solving fatal shooting

A month after a stray bullet took the life of 61-year-old Larry Crosland outside the William Street apartments where he lived, Buffalo police are continuing to appeal to the public for help in solving his slaying.

Detectives believe gunfire was being exchanged by individuals about a block away -- at William and Townsend streets -- at about 3 p.m. Aug. 12. Crosland was struck by one of the bullets and later died in Erie County Medical Center.

Police said they continue to follow up leads but need additional information from the public to help solve the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the police confidential tipcall line at 847-2255.

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>Suspect accused of hitting Holding Center officers

A Buffalo man faces felony assault charges after allegedly attacking and injuring two Erie County Holding Center officers Saturday, just a day after his arrest on various criminal charges in Lancaster, authorities reported.

Jeffrey Wisinski, 37, allegedly lunged at officers, striking and attempting to bite them after they went to Wisinski's cell just before 8 a.m. after officials found water coming out of the cell.

Wisinski was restrained and taken to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of injuries he suffered in the struggle.

Friday, Lancaster police charged Wisinski with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal possession of stolen property, obstructing governmental administration, escape and fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle.

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