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>Mayville man accused of throwing dog off porch

MAYVILLE -- A young Mayville man accused of throwing a dog off a second-story porch is in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail, sheriff's deputies reported.

Deputies said they saw Matthew Kulpa, 19, throwing items from the porch at 62 N. Erie St. when they arrived at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to check on a domestic incident. Officers said the items belonged to a woman who lived there. The dog was not hurt.

Kulpa was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court on disorderly conduct and animal cruelty charges.

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>Portville woman faces welfare fraud charges

OLEAN -- A Portville woman accused of stealing more than $1,200 in a welfare fraud scheme is to appear in City Court July 31.

Jennifer L. Richter, 31, of Temple Street, was arrested following a joint investigation by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office and Social Service Department.

Records indicate Richter stole $1,257 between November 2005 and March 2006, committing fraud by not reporting all household income to Social Services, officials said.

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>$50,000 fire blamed on faulty light, fan

ARCADE -- A faulty restroom fan and light fixture is believed to be the cause of a Wednesday morning fire that did $50,000 damage at an Arcade factory, Wyoming County authorities reported.

The fire broke out shortly before 11 a.m. in the Koike-Aronson plant at 635 Main St., according to Bill Streicher, Wyoming County fire coordinator.

Firefighters found heavy smoke in the office area of the building.

They quickly extinguished the fire in the office restroom and confined damage to the structure and its contents.

All employees were safely evacuated, and no injuries were reported.

Employees were later able to return to work in some areas of the company, Streicher said. Koike-Aronson manufactures welding, positioning and thermal cutting equipment.

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