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Camera catches image of E. Aurora bank bandit

East Aurora police detectives are investigating the robbery at the Main Street branch of Five Star Bank on Thursday morning.

The bandit, whose image was captured by bank surveillance cameras, walked into the bank shortly after 10 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding money.

He fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Police described the robber as a heavyset white man between 30 and 35 years old, with red facial hair. He wore an old-style Sabres baseball cap with a distinctive plaid jacket and a hoodie.

Detectives urged anyone with information about the robbery to contact them at 652-1111.

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Buffalo man pleads guilty in death of Detroit officer

A Buffalo man faces up to 35 years in prison in connection with a crash that killed a 40-year-old Detroit police officer walking a beat in the city's Greektown entertainment district.

Saddam Mohsin, 30, pleaded guilty Thursday in Wayne County Circuit Court to second-degree murder and operating under the influence causing death.

He will be sentenced Feb. 13.

The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says the plea includes a sentence agreement of 18 to 35 years.

Mohsin is accused of driving the wrong way June 5 when his Ford Focus struck Officer Charles Armour, who was on foot patrol. The 16-year police veteran died six days later.

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Woman, 62, admits role in sale of painkillers

A Buffalo woman has pleaded guilty to conspiring to sell OxyContin, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Thursday.

Joanne Lott, 62, faces a sentence of up 20 years in prison, a fine of $1 million, or both when she is sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny May 8.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe, who prosecuted the case, said Lott was arrested along with 34 others in July 2010 following a long-term investigation by federal, state and local law enforcement into the widespread illegal sale of prescription drugs in the city and its eastern suburbs during the spring and summer of 2010.

Lott, the 27th defendant in the case to be convicted, pleaded guilty to selling prescribed OxyContin pills to Michael McCall, an alleged street supplier of the painkilling drug in Buffalo who is awaiting trial.

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Wire fraud scheme means prison for Amherst woman

An Amherst woman was sentenced to six months in prison on her conviction for wire fraud Thursday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Helen Weber, 64, also was ordered to pay $65,095 in restitution to her victims.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O'Donnell said Weber participated in a scheme that involved victims being contacted by a third party who advised them that they had won a monetary prize or were eligible to be part of an investment program. Victims were instructed to wire money to the defendant in order to collect their prize or to receive a return on their investment.

The prosecutor said Weber stole a portion of the money transferred to her and wired the remaining funds to other perpetrators of the scheme, many of whom were overseas.

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Two brothers accused in Sardinia break-in

Two brothers were charged with burglary Thursday in connection with an overnight break-in in Sardinia, Erie County sheriff's deputies reported.

Deputies were dispatched to investigate a report of someone seen entering a garage on Genesee Road, removing items and then leaving in a dark-colored vehicle.

The vehicle, with the property inside, was located shortly before 1 a.m., and its occupants, Jacob Burdic, 26, of Evans, and Jessie Burdic, 22, of Delevan, were taken into custody without incident, deputies said.

Items found in the vehicle were identified by property owners in the Allen Road area, deputies said.

The two brothers are in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Sardinia Town Court.

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Girl injured when dragged 900 feet by school bus

DANSVILLE -- An eight-year-old girl was injured when a Dansville Central School bus dragged her about 900 feet Wednesday.

Haley Heath was treated at the scene of the incident on Route 436 in the Town of Ossian in Livingston County shortly after the 2:50 p.m. incident.

State police said the girl's book bag became stuck in the door when it was closed by driver John Coley, 62, as he was dropping off students.

The girl was picked up by her mother and later taken to Noyes Memorial Hospital in Dansville for further examination of her injuries.

Another student on the bus, Michael Thomas, also 8, suffered an eye injury when the bus stopped quickly while he was standing. He also was treated at the scene.

No charges were lodged against the school bus driver, state police said.