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>Man accused of tampering with vending machines

BATAVIA -- A Syracuse man spotted tampering with outdoor vending machines at the Kmart on Lewiston Road was caught by Genesee County sheriff's deputies Tuesday with 14 vending machine keys, several dollar bills and many quarters, sheriff's officials said.

Frederick L. Cherry, 46, was charged with petit larceny, possession of burglar's tools and aggravated unlicensed operation. He was taken to the Genesee County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail pending a Thursday appearance in Batavia Town Court.

Police said a person saw Cherry tampering with the machines just before 2 p.m. and called police. Cherry was apprehended following a traffic stop on West Main Road.


>Randolph man awaiting court date in assault

NAPOLI -- A Randolph man accused of punching another man earlier this month is due back in Napoli Town Court on Dec. 18 to answer a charge of second-degree assault.

Gary C. Brown, 61, of Hatchery Road, was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies after an investigation into the assault of a 38-year-old Mace Road man at about 10:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Brown was released without bail.


>Firefighters limit attic fire damage

FLUVANNA -- Quick work by three fire companies prevented an attic fire at a home north of Jamestown from doing more damage.

Fluvanna firefighters were called to 3454 N. Main Street Ext. just after 4 p.m. Tuesday and found the front part of the attic area engulfed in flames.

Fire Chief Ted Card said an electrical problem caused by gusty winds triggered the blaze at the rental home at the intersection with Girts Road.

Card said that with the help of Gerry and Falconer fire crews, firefighters had it under control in about 15 minutes. He said fire damage was confined to the attic area, but there was some water damage to the downstairs.

The owner of the home was there working on a furnace problem when the blaze broke out. No one was living in the home at the time, and no one was hurt.


>Buffalo man charged with heroin trafficking

JAMESTOWN -- A Buffalo man being held for armed robbery in the Erie County Holding Center has been charged with trafficking in heroin in the Jamestown area.

Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force agents said a warrant was issued for Derrick Clay, 22, who was located in the jail where he was being held on an unrelated robbery charge.

Task Force members said Clay sold drugs to undercover police officers several times during a three-month investigation. He has been charged with third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance.


>Jamestown woman charged with arson

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown woman charged with arson is accused of setting fire to her Weeks Street house at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jamestown police said.

Lisa Micciche, 22, set fire to several areas of the house, then left the house, police said. Neighbors alerted authorities. Micciche is in Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment.


>House fire probed in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN -- Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that damaged a home on the city's north side Wednesday morning.

Fire broke out at 701 Weeks St. a little after 10:30 a.m. Jamestown Fire Battalion Chief Chet Harvey said the first responders saw smoke coming from the garage.

Harvey said the house was empty when the fire started, and the cause remains under investigation. No injuries were reported.


>Police seek public's help in probe of sign thefts

LAKEWOOD -- Police are asking for the public's help to find out who has been stealing street signs in Busti, primarily in the south and west sides of the town.

Lakewood-Busti police officials said the signs were taken around the week of Thanksgiving, and as many as 10 signs, including street names, Stop Ahead, and T-intersection signs, were stolen.

Anyone with any information on the crimes is asked to call Lakewood-Busti police at 763-9563.

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