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An arrest has been made in an attempted robbery in August at a Lancaster gas station, town police announced Thursday.

Detective Donald Lynch and Officer William Karn took Brian Harrington, 33, of East Drive, Alden, into custody Thursday evening in Sloan. Cheektowaga police helped with the arrest.

As a result of an investigation by Lynch and Detective Leon Robak, Harrington was charged with attempted robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the attempt to rob Pautler's Oil Service Station on Broadway on Aug. 17.

The robber ordered the attendant in the pay booth at the gas station to fill a bag with cash. But the attendant threw money at the robber instead.

When the robber pulled out a knife, the attendant threw a roll of quarters at him and lunged at him. The robber fled. The attendant needed 26 stitches to close slashes on his left forearm and hand.

Housing police say driver
had mouthful of crack

A Downing Street man said a mouthful when police stopped him early today for a routine traffic stop on Perry Street.

After Luis Aviles, 37, began talking with Housing Authority Officers Judy Long and Adam O'Shei, the officers noticed two packets of crack cocaine fall out of his mouth, police said.

Upon further investigation, the officers found eight more packets of crack in Aviles' mouth and charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to authorities.

Aviles also was charged with passing a stop sign in the 1:20 a.m. traffic stop.

Man to be arraigned Monday
in kidnapping of salesman

BATAVIA -- Accused of kidnapping, robbing and beating a Batavia used-car salesman, Anthony McLemore, 32, will be arraigned Monday in Genesee County Court.

McLemore, who has no fixed address, was indicted by a grand jury on two counts of kidnapping, three of robbery and one of third-degree grand larceny. He has been in Genesee County Jail since his arrest last Friday.

Authorities said McLemore went to the Auto Center near downtown Batavia asking to test-drive a car. When he said he had left his driver's license in Elba, the salesman, Joseph Chevalier, offered to drive him to Elba.

When they reached Elba, McLemore allegedly robbed Chevalier of $40 and forced him into the trunk of the car. About two hours later, the salesman was taken from the trunk, beaten with a tire iron and left in the Mount Albion Cemetery in Albion, police said.

Chevalier, whose hands and feet had been tied, managed to get loose and flag down a passing motorist. He was released after treatment in United Memorial Medical Center.

State police apprehended McLemore late that evening when they spotted a stolen car on Route 63 in Livingston County. He was arrested after a brief foot chase.

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