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MAN GETS 5 YEARS' PROBATION IN ALCOHOL-RELATED FATALITY

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County District Attorney James Subjack announced Thursday that Brian Cree, 36, of Chestnut Street, Fredonia, has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide before Chautauqua County Court Judge John T. Ward.

Ward sentenced Cree to five years' probation and a fine of $1,500.

Cree was the driver of a motor vehicle involved in a head-on accident April 5 on Route 5 near Shorewood Country Club April, Town of Dunkirk, in which Michael J. Testa, 51, of West Lake Road, Fredonia, was killed.

An investigation revealed that Cree had a blood alcohol content of .08 percent at the time of the accident. He was originally charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and possession of marijuana.

Jamestown man is charged
in counterfeiting scheme

RANDOLPH -- A Jamestown man charged with forgery is accused of participating in a scheme to make counterfeit money.

Michael M. Bane, 21, of Fulton Street, was charged with first-degree forgery Tuesday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies.

Bane was arraigned in Town of Randolph Court and remanded to Cattaraugus County Jail, with bail set at $25,000, deputies said.

Deputies declined to give details of the money operation, saying that their investigation was continuing.

Salamanca resident jailed
after domestic incident

SALAMANCA -- A Bucktooth Run Road man was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief Tuesday in connection with a domestic incident.

Christian Brunetto, 33, was arraigned before Salamanca Town Justice James Halterman. Brunetto was remanded to Cattaraugus County Jail after not posting $250 bail.

He was arrested about 8 p.m. after deputies responded to a report of a domestic problem.

Cheektowaga police charge
2 men with burglary, robbery

Cheektowaga police have arrested two men in connection with a burglary-robbery in which a man on Woodell Avenue was punched in the mouth and struck over the head with a book bag before a shoe was thrown at him Wednesday afternoon.

Officers Scott Prell and David Stevens, responding to a 2:18 p.m. call, apprehended two men nearby at Woodell and Straley avenues.

They charged Charlie Grafton, 20, of Gates Avenue, Sloan, and Timothy Webster, 18, of Avery Place, Cheektowaga, with robbery, burglary and criminal possession of stolen property, a watch taken in the robbery, police said. Grafton also faces an assault charge.

Arrest warrants are sought
for 2 girls in school attack

Cheektowaga police are seeking arrest warrants against two 16-year-old Buffalo girls accused of walking into Cleveland Hill High School armed with a box knife on the afternoon of Jan. 31.

The two girls, who are not students at the school, battled with a 16-year-old student, punching her and pulling her hair, police have said. But the attackers never opened the box knife or swung it at the victim.

The two Buffalo girls' parents have cooperated with Cheektowaga police, and both girls are expected to surrender once the arrest warrants are signed by a judge.

Both girls face possible charges of criminal trespass and harassment. Police also are seeking charges of menacing and weapons possession against one of the two girls.

Three men are arrested
in bogus-credit-card case

Three Miami men were arrested outside Boulevard Mall on Wednesday night after Amherst police said they found at least a dozen fake credit cards inside the vehicle they were driving.

Police have accused the group of using a fraudulent credit card to buy more than $1,850 worth of merchandise, including a computer, in the Sears store in the mall.

Acting on a call from store security, Officer Daniel McCollum arrested the three men in the mall parking lot. He charged Roberto Gonzalez, 32, with 12 counts of possession of a forged instrument, felony grand larceny and criminal impersonation. Ramon E. Gonzalez, 38, and Osvaldo Rodriguez, 31, face seven counts each of possession of a forged instrument and one felony grand larceny charge.

"It would appear that these are bogus bank credit cards, not stolen credit cards," Assistant Police Chief Ronald H. Hagelberger said today.

Following the arrests, Amherst police brought the U.S. Secret Service and the Border Patrol into their continuing investigation of these manufactured credit cards.

Lighted candle causes
$15,000 fire in home

A lighted candle caused a $15,000 blaze early today in an East Woodlawn Avenue home, fire officials said.

Occupants in the 2 1/2 -story, wood-frame house lighted the candle at 6:50 a.m. after their power went out, according to firefighters.

No injuries were reported in the blaze, but the Red Cross was called in to provide emergency assistance to one adult and two children.

Warren Avenue man faces
drug possession charges

Ferry-Fillmore District officers arrested a Warren Avenue man after they responded to a complaint of illegal drug activity at 11:10 p.m. Wednesday.

Officers Matthew Mulhern and Ronald Clark charged Anthony Rainey Jr., 24, of the 100 block of Warren, with possessing 14 bags of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, including two scales and packaging material.

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