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Woman Arrested for Fake Grenade-like Device

Police and Court security outside evacuated Erie County Family Court Building as Bomb Squad works inside
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Police and Court security outside evacuated Erie County Family Court Building as Bomb Squad works inside

By Eileen Buckley

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Buffalo, NY – A Buffalo woman faces felony charges for brining a grenade-like device into the Erie County Family Court Building.

But after an examination by the bomb squad, the Erie County Sheriff's Department says the grenade-like device was an "imitation device". Investigators say she used a handle for a gear shifter in a vehicle.

24 year old Tauyara Mapps of Buffalo has been charged with placing a false bomb in a public place in the first degree. It is a felony charge.

Buffalo Police spokesman Mike DeGeorge says he expects Mapps arraigned Friday in City Court.

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