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2 flee bank empty-handed after attempted holdup

Buffalo police are searching for two bandits who tried to hold up a Fillmore Avenue bank Tuesday afternoon.

The attempted holdup occurred just before 3 p.m. at the Bank of America branch at 2389 Fillmore Ave. at Main Street. Police said the bandits entered the bank and demanded money but fled empty-handed.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at 847-2255.

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Not-guilty plea entered in molesting of girl, 8

Christopher Scott was ordered Tuesday to remain jailed in lieu of $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty to molesting an 8-year-old Buffalo girl last summer.

In custody since October, Scott, 26, of Delsan Avenue, made his plea before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski to two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child. The indictment was handed up Thursday.

Rosanne Eimer Johnson, chief of the district attorney's Special Victims Bureau, said the girl, now 9, told relatives in the fall what Scott had done to her. The prosecutor declined to comment further.

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Plea of not guilty entered in 2008 fatal shooting

Earl Howard, already imprisoned on a gang-related drug conviction, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to killing a Buffalo man during an early-morning gang incident on Bailey Avenue two years ago.

Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio remanded Howard, 18, of Anderson Place, to custody after his plea on a two-count indictment handed up last week in the fatal shooting of Drayton Collins, 21, at about 12:20 a.m. July 6, 2008, on Bailey near Collingwood Street.

Homicide prosecutor Gary W. Hackbush said Howard was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and weapons possession in the shooting of Collins, who ran into the Buffalo Fire Department's Engine 23 on Collingwood, bleeding and saying he had been shot. He later died in Erie County Medical Center.

After the shooting, police described Collins, of Millicent Avenue, as one of three unintended victims of street gang violence that July 4 weekend. Hackbush and Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said Howard faces a mandatory life term if convicted.

Since November, Howard has been serving a two-year prison term in the state's Cayuga Correctional Facility on a Buffalo drug conviction.

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Man, 25, accused of impersonating trooper

An Orchard Park man who identified himself as a State Police officer, then passed a bad check at an Elma business has been arrested, state police said Tuesday.

Robert M. Jones, 25, is charged with criminal impersonation, issuing a bad check and violating the terms of his pistol permit. He is accused of passing a check for $473.44 to Ken's Sales & Service after that account had been closed, police said.

Jones, who was dressed in a State Police fleece, displayed a 9 mm handgun and identified himself as a State Police officer during the transaction, declined to make good on the payment after he was contacted by the business later, police said.

He was issued tickets to appear in Elma Town Court.

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Glor Street resident, 34, charged with child porn

A Buffalo man was charged with two counts of possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child, state police said Tuesday.

Peter T. Reinacher, 34, of Glor Street, was arrested after a search warrant had been previously conducted at his home. His personal computer along with CDs and printed pages of children less than 18 engaging in sexual acts were seized, police said.

Reinacher is scheduled to appear Friday in Buffalo City Court.

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