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Car hits bridge, killing 2 young Randolph men

RANDOLPH -- Two young men were killed early Friday morning in a one-car accident in the Village of Randolph, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies reported.

The driver, Jarred K. Frederick, 21, and passenger Vincent E. Fisher, 23, both of Randolph, were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which was reported at 3:14 a.m.

Deputies said Frederick was driving east on West Main Street when he missed a curve and the car went off the right side of the road. The car hit the Interstate 86 bridge overpass abutment and overturned several times.

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Arkport man arrested after car chase, crash

OLEAN -- An Arkport man faces numerous charges after he allegedly attempted to outrun Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies Friday afternoon and lost control of his car, deputies reported.

Joshua J. Sick, 22, of Stroble Road crashed his Ford pickup truck on Route 16 at Canal Road in the town of Olean just after 4 p.m. following a short pursuit by police.

Authorities said he was driving the truck north on Route 16 leaving the city of Olean at 66 mph in a 45 mph zone. When deputies turned around to pull Sick over, he accelerated and attempted to make a right turn onto Canal Road but crashed into guardrails instead.

He was taken into custody by Deputy Jason Dry and charged with speeding, reckless driving, improper turn, an unsafe lane change and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Sick was taken to Cattaraugus County Jail on $500 bail pending a July 26 court appearance.

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3 houses to be razed as result of 2 arsons

Three houses are slated for emergency demolition, following two arsons Wednesday morning. One broke out in a vacant Littell Avenue house and caused considerable damage to the structures on both sides, and the other was on Goodyear Avenue, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to a 1:43 a.m. alarm at 24 Littell, where flames left $30,000 damage, according to fire reports. The fire caused another $30,000 damage to the vacant house at 22 Littell, which also is slated for demolition, and $15,000 damage to the occupied home at 28 Littell.

A few hours later, another arson in a vacant house led fire officials to request an emergency demolition of 357 Goodyear. The fire, reported at 5:15 a.m., started on the outside of the house and left $20,000 damage.

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Man charged in robbery after alleged victim's tip

A Roslyn Street man was charged with robbery and grand larceny Wednesday after the victim he allegedly robbed June 30 noticed him getting on a Metro Bus at Bailey Avenue and William Street, Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority police reported.

Carlos Gilmore, 51, is accused of pulling a gun on a Main Street woman and stealing her purse while she was at the ATM at the Bank of America at 2489 Bailey Ave.

The victim flagged down NFTA Officers David Zarbo and Michael Insalaco and told them that Gilmore was the man who robbed her at the ATM. The officers stopped the bus and Gilmore was arrested.

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Man, 53, pleads guilty to making child porn

A South Buffalo man who was described by authorities as "like a grandfather figure" pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to three felony charges of producing child pornography.

Norman F. Grimm Jr., 53, of Ryan Street, admitted taking pictures of the sexual abuse of a boy under 5 years old.

Grimm is expected to receive a 25-year federal prison term when he is sentenced Oct. 22 by District Judge Richard J. Arcara. He also faces a November sentencing in State Supreme Court for molesting children.

"It's one of the most disturbing child pornography cases we've had in this office," said James P. Kennedy, chief of criminal prosecutions for the U.S. Attorney's office. "This man was like a grandfather figure to children in his neighborhood, to the point that people entrusted him with the care of their kids."

Kennedy said Grimm was arrested last year after an investigation by the Erie County district attorney's office, Buffalo Police and the FBI. The prosecutor said he does not know whether Grimm sent out the pictures he took over the Internet.

Grimm told Arcara that he pleaded guilty because he wanted to spare his young victims from having to testify in court. His attorney, John F. Humann of the federal public defenders office, declined to comment on the case.

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