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Police seek clues in robbery at Elmwood Avenue bank

A robber entered the Citizens Bank branch at 1893 Elmwood Ave. near Hertel Avenue about 11 a.m. Monday and demanded money from several tellers, police report. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The robber -- described as a black male with a fake beard who was in his early 20s and about 5-foot-10 -- had gauze on one of his hands.

Detectives said the robber also handed tellers a brown shopping bag with the words "Good Country Cookin" on it.

Anyone with information should call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tip line at 847-2255 or by visiting www.bpdny.org and clicking on "Report a Tip."

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Ex-UAW officer fined for gambling on the job

A former officer of the United Auto Workers was fined Monday by a federal judge for gambling at the Seneca Niagara Casino when he was supposed to be working for the union.

George M. Jemiolo, 61, of Amherst, was fined $3,000 by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, who also ordered him to pay $2,292 in restitution to Buffalo Local 424 of the UAW.

Investigators from the FBI and U.S. Labor Department learned that Jemiolo sometimes gambled when he was supposed to be doing work for the union in 2006 and 2007, Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles B. Wydysh said.

Jemiolo pleaded guilty to a felony count of improper receipt of money by a union representative.

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Slaying victim's father cleared of molestation count

Michael A. Gibson, the father of Buffalo's latest homicide victim, was acquitted Monday of sexually molesting an adolescent boy in his Koons Avenue home several years ago.

After a trial before Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case, a jury took about two hours to find Gibson, 49, not guilty of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

During the trial, the alleged victim identified Gibson as the man he claimed molested him periodically between June 2003 and early July 2004. Gibson didn't testify, but his two other sons, Michael Jr. and Andre, both told the jury their father was not home on the days the accuser, now 19, claims he was molested.

Defense attorneys E. Earl Key and Samuel P. Davis said the boy falsely accused Gibson because he was upset at his own mother's relationship with the defendant nearly a decade ago.

After the verdict Gibson declined to comment, but Key said "now he can go home and grieve for his son." Carlos Gibson, 26, of West Avenue, was fatally stabbed early Sunday in Drifters sports bar, 1141 Military Road, Kenmore.

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Bronx native gets 7 years in firebombing of house

An apologetic Angel L. Carrion was sentenced Monday to seven years in state prison for firebombing the home of a next-door neighbor with whom he had a long-standing dispute.

Jailed since his arrest after the 5 a.m. incident last July 20, Carrion, 39, of Clark Street, pleaded guilty Feb. 28 to second-degree arson. On Monday, he told Senior Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico, "I just want to apologize for it."

Defense attorney Joseph A. Agro said Carrion, a Bronx native previously imprisoned on drug and stolen property convictions there, has a history of psychiatric problems.

Nevertheless, D'Amico imposed the stiff sentence, saying to the defendant, "It wasn't your best night, was it?"

Prosecutor Paul J. Glascott said Carrion, angered at the neighbor, threw a beer bottle filled with $1 worth of gasoline through a side window and was arrested about three hours later by Buffalo fire marshals. No one was injured in the house, Glascott said.

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Man fires assault rifle in Depew residential area

Depew police are trying to determine why a middle-aged man fired four rounds of an assault rifle in a residential area early Monday morning.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired in the Irving Terrace area at about 1:30 a.m. arrested Patrick Mooney, 51. Police said they still are investigating the events leading to the shots being fired with the AK-47-type rifle.

Officers Rene Smith, Gary Reid and James Wolfe charged Mooney with reckless endangerment and weapons possession, according to police reports.

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Niagara Thruway crash injures 2, snarls traffic

Two people were injured about 2 p.m. Monday in a chain-reaction accident on the northbound Niagara Thruway near the Peace Bridge, Thruway Authority officials reported.

Traffic was snarled in both directions on the highway for nearly three hours.

It began when a vehicle blew a tire and spun out of control, officials said. A car slowing to avoid it was rear-ended by a dump truck, which then overturned onto two cars that had pulled over to avoid the first vehicle.

The drivers of those two cars, Jessica L. Freeman, 23, of East Amherst, and Amber L. Groeller, 26, of Kenmore, were taken to Erie County Medical Center with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The dump truck driver, Pete Eschberger, 54, of Buffalo, was not hurt. He faces traffic charges.

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