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Jamestown man sought in Monday bank robbery

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown man is being sought by Jamestown police in connection with a bank robbery there Monday morning and may also be involved in other robberies of banks in Pennsylvania and Ohio, police said.

Rashawn M. Smith, 29, also known as "Killer," was formally charged by Jamestown authorities with first-degree robbery for allegedly holding up an M&T Bank branch on Foote Avenue at about 11:15 a.m. There is a warrant for Smith's arrest.

Smith is believed to have cased the bank about an hour before robbing it, police said. After robbing the bank teller of an undisclosed sum of cash, Smith fled out the front door and jogged past the bank drive-through and behind a Mobil gas station, police said.

Authorities believe Smith may also be involved in bank robberies as far away as Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact police at 483-7537 or the FBI at 484-7085.

Police said Smith should be considered armed and dangerous.

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Robbery suspect found naked along roadway

CASTILE -- An Allegany County man was taken into custody early Wednesday after he allegedly tried to rob a convenience store and then was found naked along a Portageville roadway by police a short time later, Wyoming County sheriff's deputies said.

Adam Prentice, 43, of the hamlet of Allentown, is accused of entering the Arrow Mart store at about 6 a.m. and telling the clerk he had a gun. Prentice then allegedly tried to rip the cash register screen off a store counter, police said. He fled the scene.

Deputies Erik Tamol and Matthew Sage, who found Prentice a short time later on Route 19A in Portageville, said he was naked. His vehicle was found nearby, police said.

Prentice was charged with attempted armed robbery and criminal mischief. He was arraigned in Castile Village Court and jailed in lieu of $20,000 cash bail.

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Minor injuries result after car rolls into ditch

POLAND -- Only minor injuries were reported following an automobile accident Wednesday morning in the Town of Poland.

Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said Hannah Snyder, 26, was traveling south on Sprague Hill Road just before 7 a.m. when she lost control of her vehicle on a curve because of some loose stones.

She was treated for minor injuries at the scene by Kennedy Rescue. No charges have been filed.

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