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Damage to machine leads to criminal mischief charges

KIANTONE -- Two Chautauqua County residents were arrested early Wednesday morning on charges they damaged a pop machine at a Kiantone business.

Carlos Hernandez, 22, of Jamestown and Kenneth Brightman, 20, of Sherman were charged with criminal mischief and sent to the county jail without bail.

Sheriff's deputies said they were called to Spony's Auto on Foote Avenue around 3 a.m. Wednesday as the two men tried to run away.

Deputies were assisted by Jamestown and Lakewood-Busti police.


Two with gun suspected in robberies on bike path

The bike path near Grant and Tonawanda streets was the site of a gunpoint robbery of a bicyclist and an attempted robbery of a man walking to the supermarket on Tuesday afternoon, police reported.

The two incidents happened just minutes apart, at the same location, and police believe they were committed by the same two robbers.

At about 3:15 p.m., a man heading to Tops supermarket was walking on the bike path about a quarter-mile from Grant Street, where he was stopped by two men wearing bandannas.

Police said one of the men displayed a 9 mm handgun and demanded money, but the victim told them that he had no money.

Within minutes, the same two robbers confronted a bicyclist, displayed their handgun and robbed him of his cell phone, $5 and his iPod with headphones, police reported.

The robbers ran west down the bike path. No arrests have been made.


East Aurora couple hit by vehicle, badly injured

A husband and wife employed in a Chinese restaurant in East Aurora were seriously injured when they were struck by a vehicle while crossing the street on their way home late Tuesday night, East Aurora police said.

The two pedestrians, identified as Liu Yong, 37, and his wife, Lin Fent, 38, were listed in serious condition in Erie County Medical Center's intensive care unit late Wednesday, according to East Aurora police.

They were crossing Grey Street, at Boise Alley, at about 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, when they were struck by a northbound vehicle that had the green light on Grey Street, according to police reports. Witnesses told police that the two victims walked in front of the vehicle, against the light. The driver will not be charged, Lt. Jack Wolff said.

Both victims were taken to ECMC, one by Mercy Flight and the other by Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulance. The U.S. Border Patrol went to the hospital, both to interpret and to determine the two victims' immigration status.


Randolph woman faces sexual charge

RANDOLPH -- Katrena M. Loveland, 18, of Main Street, was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and charged with sexual misconduct and endangering the welfare of a child involving a person between ages 16 and 18.


Disorderly conduct charged in school fight

RANDOLPH -- Angela Leach, 17, and Megan George, 16, were each charged with disorderly conduct by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies following an incident before classes Oct. 29 at Randolph Central School, when the two were involved in a fight. Leach is also charged with second-degree harassment. Both are to answer to the charges in Randolph Town Court.


Leon man, 43, charged with sexual crimes

LEON -- James E. Booth, 43, of Gulf Road, was charged Tuesday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies with third-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree sexual abuse for allegedly forcing a woman to participate in oral sex. He was arraigned and taken to the county jail in lieu of $2,500 bail to return to Town Court on Nov. 28.

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