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Salamanca man faces DWI after fleeing crash scene

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man who crashed his truck on Route 242 has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he left the scene and was found later by police in Ellicottville.

Ryan J. McKenyon, 24, of Highland Avenue, was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies about 11:15 p.m. Friday after they answered a call about a truck in a ditch where they said they found open containers of beer.

McKenyon told officers he swerved to miss a deer and lost control.

He was charged with DWI, failure to maintain lane, speeding and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

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Little Valley man held in probation-violation case

ASHFORD -- A Little Valley man was sent to jail without bail after police arrested him on a probation violation warrant from Cattaraugus County Court Judge Michael Nenno.

Shawn M. Michner, 23, of Court Street was taken into custody Wednesday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies assisted by Ellicottville Town Police.

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Lackawanna man identified as fatal crash victim

A 53-year-old Lackawanna man was killed Sunday afternoon when another vehicle went out of control on Route 219, crossed the center line and struck his vehicle head-on in the Town of Ellicottville, state police reported.

Joseph Faircloth was pronounced dead at the scene, following the crash that occurred shortly after 1:35 p.m. on Route 219, just north of Jackman Hill Road.

Troopers said Faircloth was heading south when his vehicle was struck by a northbound vehicle driven by Matthew Disch, 33, of Henrietta. Officials said the road was snow- and ice-covered at the time of the crash.

Disch was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital with a broken ankle. Three other occupants, apparently from the Faircloth vehicle, were taken to Bertrand Chaffee with injuries not believed to be serious.

Troopers are continuing to investigate the fatal crash.

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Kill Buck man due in court on DWI, drug charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Kill Buck man is to be back in Little Valley Town Court Jan. 26 after his arrest on charges of driving while intoxicated and drug possession.

Jason G. Siafakas, 29, of Hardscrabble Road was stopped by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on Rock City Street around 2 a.m. Jan. 13 for failure to keep right and an obstructed license plate.

Siafakas was further charged with failure to keep right, having open container of alcohol in a vehicle, aggravated DWI and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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Otto man faces speeding, other driving charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Otto man stopped by police on Dublin Road for speeding and with a broken taillight was found to have eight previous suspensions on his driving record.

Thomas F. Wilder, 40, of Otto-East Otto Road was stopped by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies around 11:30 p.m. Jan. 13 and charged with driving without a license, speeding and insufficient taillight.

Following arraignment in Little Valley Town Court, Wilder was ticketed to return at a later date.

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Florida fugitive arrested at Otto home in check case

OTTO -- A woman wanted in Florida as a fugitive from justice for forging a check was taken into custody at a home on North Otto Road on Friday and sent to the county jail to await extradition to Florida.

Mildred Vega-Perez, 45, was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on a warrant issued from Duval County, Fla. She was arraigned in Little Valley Town Court and sent to the county jail.

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Town of Tonawanda man charged in two burglaries

Town of Tonawanda police have arrested a local resident in a pair of commercial burglaries last July, as they also investigate his possible involvement in a string of residential break-ins in late 2009 and early 2010.

Detectives arrested Christopher C. Sturniolo, 37, of Woodstock Avenue, Tonawanda, in connection with the July 9 burglaries of Heritage Christian Services, and Pikes, Peaks and Paddles, both on Ellicott Creek Road.

Physical evidence recovered at the scene, along with DNA technology, helped crack the case, officials said.

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2 home break-ins reported on Buffalo's East Side

Two East Side residents reported thieves broke into their homes Saturday and stole more than $2,000 worth of items in the unrelated burglaries, according to Buffalo police.

In the first incident, on Monroe Street, near Clinton Street and Jefferson Avenue, the victim said someone stole a living-room set with sofa, 37-inch TV, microwave, coffee maker and cutting board with knives. The goods had a value of $2,890.

In the second incident, on Zenner Street in the Genesee-Moselle neighborhood, an Xbox video-game system, 25 video games and more than $2,000 worth of jewelry were stolen.

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