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Police arrest juvenile in break-in at business

SALAMANCA A 14-year-old boy who broke into and damaged a business has been arrested and taken to a secure facility for juveniles until he can face charges in Family Court.

City police officers and Cattaraugus County deputies responded to 326 Center St. about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report that someone tried to break into a house next door. Police discovered the teen in Karen's Center Street Depot, a deli that had closed for the day.

Police said the teen used a stone to break a window. He was arrested attempting to dash out a rear door with lighters, food and $120.

Police said the teen, who was "highly intoxicated," was taken to Olean General Hospital.


Woman charged with DWI after hitting street sweeper

BATAVIA -- A Batavia woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident about noon Thursday after plowing into the rear of a city street sweeper.

Karen E. McClellan, 35, of Olin Avenue, also faces six other vehicular charges. Police said after she drove away from the crash, she missed a curve on Walnut and South Main streets, hit a guardrail, then jumped out of her vehicle and ran across Main Street, where she was apprehended.

Officers said the street sweeper received minor damage, but the defendant's vehicle was heavily damaged. McClellan was jailed without bail.


Man found dead on street suffered a heart attack

A man whose body was discovered Thursday morning on Arkansas Street died of a heart attack, police said.

Homicide investigators were called to the 100 block of Arkansas, near Herkimer Street, at about 8:15 a.m. for a report of a body. It was unclear how long the body had been there.


Contractor pleads guilty to larceny, harassment

An Ashland Avenue tree-cutting contractor Thursday pleaded guilty to grand larceny and aggravated harassment for scamming the federal government out of $3,000 and threatening a competitor following the October 2006 snowstorm.

James Mancuso, 32, the owner of Buffalo Timber, scammed the Federal Emergency Management Agency for limb-removal charges and also left threatening messages on the telephone voice mail of another contractor, Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard said.

Mancuso is the fourth person to plead guilty in connection with the FEMA scam. He is scheduled to be sentenced in February.


Woman charged in holdup of hot dog restaurant

A West Seneca woman faces robbery charges after she allegedly held up a Southwestern Boulevard hot dog restaurant late Wednesday evening, Orchard Park police reported.

Maria T. Sacilowski, 40, allegedly entered Louie's Texas Red Hots at 3905 Southwestern Blvd. just before midnight and passed a note to a cashier saying she had a gun and demanding money, police said.

No gun was displayed. Sacilowski allegedly took the cash and fled the scene. She was taken into custody about 6 a.m. at a nearby hotel by Orchard Park and Hamburg police and state troopers.

Besides robbery, Sacilowski also was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Paul D. Stevenson Jr., 41, of West Seneca, was arrested at the hotel on charges of obstructing governmental administration, criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal contempt. He was released on bail.

Sacilowski was taken to the County Holding Center in lieu of $10,000 bail.


15-year-old boy shot on Davidson Avenue

A 15-year-old Buffalo boy was shot in his right leg Thursday morning on Davidson Avenue, police said.

The boy was being treated in Erie County Medical Center. Police officials have not released his identity.

Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said the shooting happened at 1:05 a.m. while the boy was standing in front of a house in the 200 block of Davidson.

A black car, occupied by unknown males, pulled up to him, and a couple of shots were fired, police reported. One of those shots struck the boy.

Rural/Metro Medical Services transported him to the hospital.

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