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Woman visiting jail accused of bringing pot, cigarettes

MAYVILLE -- A Celoron woman who came to visit an inmate in the Chautauqua County Jail wound up behind bars Sunday afternoon after she was found with contraband, sheriff's deputies report.

Officers said they discovered Andrea Mckoon, 19, of West Chadakoin Street, with cigarettes, matches and a small quantity of marijuana. She was arraigned in Chautauqua Town Court and sent to the County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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Jamestown man, 46, faces DWI count after traffic stop

JAMESTOWN -- A 46-year-old motorist was charged with a felony count of drunken driving after a traffic stop, state police reported.

Sebastian Conti of Jamestown was pulled over Saturday on Washington Street for a traffic violation that was not specified by police. Conti failed several sobriety checks, troopers said, and was taken to the local barracks, where he refused to provide a breath sample.

Because Conti has a prior driving while intoxicated conviction within the past 10 years, he was charged with a felony, troopers said. He was taken to the city Police Department, where he's being held in the lockup, pending arraignment.

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Pennsylvania driver charged with DWI in Farmersville

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Pennsylvania man faces felony charges in connection with a drunken driving arrest in the Cattaraugus County Town of Farmersville, sheriff's deputies said.

Robert J. Day, 57, of Bradford, was pulled over along Route 98 late Friday for speeding and driving on the shoulder of the road, deputies said. Sobriety tests subsequently led to his arrest, and a records check indicated Day's license was revoked in New York because of a drunken driving conviction in 2007.

Day was charged with felony counts of driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation. He also was charged with consumption of alcohol while operating a motor vehicle, failure to maintain lane and speeding.

He was released on his own recognizance, pending a future appearance in Farmersville Town Court.

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Partygoer reports robbery at gunpoint in Brocton

BROCTON -- A Brocton man was accused of a gunpoint robbery that occurred during a party at a Brocton residence, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported Sunday.

Deputies on patrol in the village were flagged down Saturday by a man who said he was the victim of a recent crime that occurred during a party. The victim said a fellow partygoer led him to an upper apartment at a residence, where he was held against his will and robbed at gunpoint.

An arrest warrant was issued for Chad J. Lynden, 21, who was tracked down at his East Main Street residence. Lynden reportedly slammed the door on deputies trying to serve the warrant and a brief struggle followed.

Lynden was charged with felony counts of robbery and unlawful imprisonment, as well as misdemeanor counts of menacing and resisting arrest. He was sent to the county jail without bail, pending an appearance in Brocton Village Court.

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Woman, 28, from Freedom charged with welfare fraud

OLEAN -- A Freedom woman has been charged with welfare fraud by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies for not reporting her boyfriend's income earlier this year.

Jessica R. Koch, 28, of Maple Grove Road, was arrested Friday on charges of fifth-degree welfare fraud, petit larceny and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing between January and March when she omitted her boyfriend's income on her application to the county Department of Social Services. Koch received $864 in food stamps for her family to which she was not entitled, authorities said.

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Fire crew rescues dog from sweltering car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police and fire personnel rescued a distressed dog from a locked car at the height of Saturday afternoon's heat after the animal had been inside the sweltering vehicle for at least an hour.

Crews were called to the 300 block of Second Street at 1 p.m. to check out a dog in distress inside a car bearing California plates. Fire crews were able to open the vehicle without damage and remove the animal, which was turned over to the Niagara County SPCA. A note was left for the operator, telling of the dog's whereabouts.

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$20,000 in property stolen while man is in hospital

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Avenue man told police that roughly $20,000 worth of his property was stolen recently, after neighbors reported seeing several trucks pull up to the home, load items and drive off.

The thefts reportedly occurred sometime Wednesday while the victim was in the hospital, police said. Officers were able to contact the owner of the property, who reportedly told them he thought the residence had been abandoned and that he had the man's belongings moved onto the porch.

Items reportedly stolen included grills, dressers, a vise and other tools, police said.