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Boy on bicycle hit by car in City of Tonawanda

A boy struck by a car while bicycling on Delaware and Fletcher streets Tuesday night in the City of Tonawanda was taken to Erie County Medical Center with a head injury, police said.

The incident occurred shortly after 8 p.m. The boy's name and other information about the crash were unavailable late Tuesday.

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Burglary suspect caught after jumping into water

Buffalo police late Tuesday were drafting criminal charges against three men, including an alleged burglar who jumped into the Buffalo River off Ohio Street, near Miami Street, Tuesday afternoon.

Patrol cars were sent to the first block of Kentucky Street after receiving reports of a burglary in progress at about 4:15 p.m., according to police reports.

Three men believed to be in either their late teens are early 20s were suspected of having broken into a mobile home and a parked car, taking electronics. Police chased the men to the foot of Ohio Street and caught two, but one of the men jumped into the water.

Police quickly arrested that man, too, and the underwater recovery team searched the river for stolen items.

The names of the men were not released.

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City police seek robber of Main Street bank branch

Buffalo police are seeking the man who robbed a Main Street bank Tuesday morning.

The bandit, who wore a black skull cap and black jacket with the words "We Care Transportation" on it, entered the Northwest Savings Bank at 295 Main St. just after 10 a.m. and handed a teller a note demanding cash, then fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

Central District officers say they are seeking a black man with a mustache, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, and between 30 and 50 years old.

They released a surveillance photo of the robber.

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

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Not-guilty pleas entered to revised murder charges

Several alleged members of a stolen-goods ring that has been blamed for the 2010 death of a comic book collector again entered not-guilty pleas to federal murder and racketeering charges Tuesday after a grand jury revised its indictment.

The alleged ring began in 2004 and came to light after the July 2010 home invasion robbery of 78-year-old Homer Marciniak, a retired janitor who lived alone in Medina.

Marciniak died of a heart attack within hours of being tied up, punched in the face and threatened at gunpoint by thugs who made off with more than 400 comic books valued at $40,000 to $100,000.

He'd been collecting the comic books since boyhood.

Neither alleged ringleader Rico Vendetti nor his six co-defendants spoke during the arraignment on the indictment, which was amended to include the forfeiture of $5 million and five properties if the defendants are convicted and to add conspiracy and racketeering to the charges against co-defendant Terry Stewart.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Bruce said Stewart was more involved in the operation than initially thought.

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Suspect allegedly bit off part of man's earlobe

A Buffalo man is being held on second-degree assault charges for allegedly severely beating another man and biting off part of the man's earlobe during a fight late Monday in the 400 block of Minnesota Avenue.

Frank Lucas, 30, of Shirley Place, was taken into custody at the fight scene about 9:15 p.m. by Officers Andrew Shea and Adam Mielcarek, according to police reports.

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Man issued summons after hitting fire truck

The Buffalo Police Accident Investigation Unit has issued a summons to city resident Dean E. Armaine, 20, for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle at East Amherst Street and Parkridge Avenue at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday.

A Buffalo fire truck responding to a call was struck by Armaine's vehicle, police said.

Four firefighters and two people in Armaine's car had to be treated for minor injuries suffered in the collision.

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Woman in Holding Center now facing theft charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- A West Seneca woman being held in the Erie County Holding Center on another matter was arraigned Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court and and pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

Lisa M. Wisniewski, 40, entered the plea to charges of fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree attempted identity theft before Judge Larry M. Himelein, who set her sentencing for June 4.

Court records say Wisniewski assumed another's identity and used the information to steal valuables of more than $3,000 between June 4 and July 11 in the Town of Ellicottville.