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>Man armed with knife suspected in robbery

BATAVIA -- A man was arrested Friday while trying to rob the Bank of Castile, 408 E. Main St.

Batavia city police said bank personnel notified police of a man, armed with a knife, at a teller's window about 4:15 p.m.

When police arrived, they arrested Joseph P. DelPlato, 49, of Hutchins Street, without incident. He was charged with first-degree robbery, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and grand larceny.

A teller had prepared an undetermined amount of cash for the robber, all of which was recovered at the scene, officers said.

The suspect was arraigned before city Judge Robert Balbick, who set no bail. He is to return to court on Tuesday.


>Jamestown authorities identify victim of fire

JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown authorities have identified the victim of Thursday's fatal house fire at 521 Hallock St. as David Houben, 64.

City Battalion Fire Chief Bill Johnston said foul play is not suspected.

Fellow Battalion Chief Jim Winchester said fire crews were called to the scene just before 4 a.m., when they discovered flames shooting from the house. Fire crews found Houben, who was pronounced dead at the scene, inside the front doorway of the house.

One of three dogs inside the house also died.


>Two arrested in probe of crack cocaine sales

DUNKIRK -- Two Dunkirk residents were arrested following a raid Friday evening on their West Fifth Street home in a multiagency investigation of crack cocaine trafficking.

Ricrado B. Diaz, 46, and Carmen I, Suarez, 52, were charged after a "no knock" raid by officers of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, Chautauqua County SWAT Team and Dunkirk Police, authorities said.

Diaz was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Suarez was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The two were arrested without incident, and a quantity of crack cocaine was seized, authorities said.


>Indictment charges man in bank robbery

JAMESTOWN -- A 29-year-old Jamestown man was indicted Friday on a federal bank robbery charge in connection with the May 6, 2004, heist of $22,000 from the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union.

Authorities said Dwight Leeper is alleged to have worn a mask during the holdup. The money has never been recovered.

FBI agents worked on the case with Jamestown Police Detective Art Osterdahl.


>Oakfield man charged in child porn case

OAKFIELD -- Homeland Security agents charged a 51-year-old Oakfield man Friday with distributing child pornography over the Internet.

David Perozzi of Broadway Road was detained after a court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. Agents said they arrested him at his home after Perozzi allegedly shared child pornography files with an agent acting in an undercover role in Chicago.


>3 charged in thefts from furniture store

GREAT VALLEY -- Three residents of Bradford, Pa., face various counts of grand larceny and conspiracy charges in the theft of cash and furniture from a Great Valley furniture store where they all worked, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies reported Friday.

Jacqueline A. Wells, 34; Robin R. Smith, 41; and Scrubb Younes, 37, are accused of stealing more than $1,400 in cash and $6,000 in furniture from Bear Holly Furniture store on Route 219.

All three were arraigned Friday and taken to Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of bail pending a hearing Wednesday in Great Valley Town Court.


>3 Westfield residents face drug charges

WESTFIELD -- Three Westfield residents were arrested Friday on drug charges for allegedly selling pain medication, the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force reported.

Timothy L. Allen, 49, and Brenda M. Foster, 42, both of the same East Main Street address, and Cynthia L. Jackson, 40, of another East Main Street address, were charged with several counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Police said the three were allegedly dealing OxyContin and hydrocodone in Westfield. Both of the narcotic drugs are highly addictive, police say, and are typically prescribed by doctors for pain relief.

Allen, Foster and Jackson were taken to Chautauqua County Jail.

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