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POLICE SHOOT, KILL MURDER SUSPECT

HORNELL -- Two Hornell city police officers shot a man to death early Friday in a confrontation after he apparently stabbed his estranged wife to death.

Steuben County District Attorney John C. Tunney said Gary Baker of Hornell kept coming at officers brandishing a knife when they arrived in response to a call to check trouble at Vicki Baker's residence at 67 W. Genesee St.

Both Bakers appeared to be in their 30s, he said. They had been separated for about a year and had four young children, who were turned over to the county Social Services Department.

Tunney said he will present the case to a grand jury, but added that the officers "from all appearances, were justified in shooting."

Twins charged with assault sentenced

BELMONT -- Twin brothers who admitted beating a man a year ago in an Alfred street brawl were sentenced in Allegany County Court Friday.

John and Michael Pillod, both 21, of Schenectady, will serve three years of probation, pay $1,000 fines, make restitution of $5,029 each and do 300 hours of community service.

Allegany County Judge James E. Euken accepted guilty pleas to third-degree assault from the brothers Oct. 12.

They had been charged -- along with three other Alfred University seniors -- with first-degree gang assault, second-degree assault and fourth-degree conspiracy after the Feb. 12, 2000, fight on N. Main Street in Alfred.

All five were members of the college lacrosse team, and the victim was a recent Alfred State College graduate, said Assistant District Attorney John A. Cappellini. The man suffered serious head injuries and eye damage.

Cappellini said charges against the other three were dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

Man robs Pizza Village restaurant

DUNKIRK -- An armed robbery at a local restaurant about 10:30 p.m. Thursday is being investigated by Dunkirk police.

Officers were called to Pizza Village, Lake Shore Drive West. They report that a man wearing dark clothing entered the restaurant, displayed a handgun and fled with an undetermined amount of cash from the register.

Scholarship applications available

Applications are being accepted for the annual scholarships awarded by the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs and New York State Showpeople's Association. Deadline is April 12.

Five $750 scholarships will be awarded to high school or college students who plan to study agriculture or any agriculture-related field. Applications are available by calling Angela Ruggiero at the Erie County Fair office at 649-3900, ext. 403.

Leaders honor memory of Pulaski

Political and civic leaders, including Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, and Sheriff Patrick Gallivan, joined members of the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier for the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the statue of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Casimir Pulaski near the Ellicott Square Friday evening.

The ceremony was followed by the association's annual installation banquet in the Hearthstone Manor, Cheektowaga. Gallivan, Deputy County Executive Carl Calabrese and County Legislator Ray Dusza were guest speakers.

Internet sexual harassment probed

NIAGARA FALLS -- Detectives are investigating an allegation that a city resident has been transmitting videos of himself committing lewd acts over the Internet to a North Carolina woman.

The Greensboro resident said the Pine Avenue-area man was on her Internet Web site, exposing himself using a video camera. She said the man has accessed three of her Web sites over the past week and has "hacked" into her Web programs, stealing passwords from others, police said.

Owner of heroin house convicted

MAYVILLE -- A Jamestown man accused of operating a heroin house has been sentenced in Chautauqua County Court to spend up to three years in prison.

William H. Orr, 51, of Chandler Street, was convicted of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Orr was arrested Oct. 25 following a drug raid on his Chandler Street address, District Attorney James P. Subjack said. His arrest followed an investigation of one month, when the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force made several undercover drug purchases.

In other cases:

Morris R. Jordan, 46, of Liberty Street was sentenced to two to four years in prison for fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Jason Warrick, 23, of the Lakeview Shock Correctional Facility in Brocton, was sentenced to 1 1/2 to three years in prison for first-degree promoting prison contraband.

Bryon K. Stingel, 41, of Main Street, Falconer, was sentenced to six months in Chautauqua County Jail and five years probation for third-degree rape.

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