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>HSBC Bank branch robbed in Cheektowaga

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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>Angola man, 27, accused of sexually abusing girl

Lackawanna police have arrested a 27-year-old Angola man accused of sexually abusing an 11-year-old girl in the city's First Ward last month.

Detectives charged Rashan R. Doyle, of North Main Street, with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse following the Aug. 20 incident.

Doyle is accused of entering the girl's bedroom while staying with family friends in their apartment.

Detectives Tia Celestino and Allen Knaszak arrested Doyle after investigating the incident.

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>Judge reserves decision on murder case evidence

LOCKPORT -- There were tips from the community, a blood trail and a video that led police to arrest a Niagara Falls man in city shooting death March 20.

But on Monday, as attorneys debated probable cause in Niagara County Court, prosecutors said they had no gun, no matching bullets, no recovered jewelry.

A defense lawywer also called a surveillance video and search warrants into question.

Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza warned Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman that after looking at all the evidence she might be in agreement that there was no probable cause to charge Darnell D. Carter. But she did say that witness testimony could be a key factor that could change that.

Carter, 22, of 12th Street, Niagara Falls, has pleaded not guilty to a six-count indictment charging him in the shooting death of 30-year-old landlord Robert R. Biggs, during a robbery March 20 in front of the Hometown Market on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Three or four other men are believed to have been involved, but Carter is the only one currently charged. He is believed to be the gunman in the crime, according to police.

Seaman told Sperrazza that the evidence shows there is a blood trail that led to the Hometown Market, and video surveillance which clearly shows Carter moving around with a scarf around his face.

"We will show that he was there that night with a gun and at the Hometown Market at the moment when the shots were fired," Seaman said.

He told Sperrazza the blood trail and witness statements would be used in the case. Sperrazza reserved decision in the case.

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