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Blast destroys building at Varysburg campground

VARYSBURG -- An explosion from a propane gas leak destroyed a building late Sunday at the Buffalo Hill Village campgrounds, 1629 Route 20A, the Wyoming County Office of Emergency Services announced Monday.

Damage was listed at $30,000. The blast also damaged a trailer nearby and a nearby workshop. The fire was called in at 10:15 p.m.


Not-guilty plea entered in house burglaries

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man being held without bail in the Cattaraugus County Jail was arraigned Monday in County Court on multiple charges involving house burglaries.

Paul E. Tyler Jr., 25, pleaded not guilty to two grand jury charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, three counts of second-degree burglary, and third-degree grand larceny.

The indictment states that Tyler and a companion entered houses in May in Portville, June in Ellicottville and between June 3 and 11 in the City of Olean and stole items valued at more than $3,000.


Attempted burglary leads to probation

LITTLE VALLEY -- A South Dayton man was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to probation for his conviction of attempted burglary last November in the Village of South Dayton.

Jordan K. Fish, 21, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein to five years' probation, including 150 hours of community service and restitution for his conviction of third-degree attempted burglary.

Court papers indicate Fish and another person attempted to enter a building, intending to commit a crime Nov. 3.


DWI charge follows multi-vehicle crash

CARROLLTON -- A Windfall Road man was charged with driving while intoxicated after a crash with two vehicles at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday on Route 417, according to Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies.

Raymond F. Kenneson Jr., 49, also was charged with reckless driving, open container of alcohol in a vehicle and failure to keep right.

Authorities said Kenneson was taken to Olean General Hospital for an evaluation and blood draw and released.


DWI among the charges after one-car crash

GENESEE FALLS -- A 17-year-old Fillmore youth was released to a third party after his arrest early Sunday after a one-vehicle crash on Route 19A, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

The teen, of Route 19, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed driving with a previous conviction, unlicensed driving, consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle, speeding, unsafe lane changes, unsafe turns and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Deputies said the teen lost control while trying to make a turn into a residential driveway and drove into a ditch. Neither he nor his three passengers were injured.


Traffic stop results in multiple charges

PEMBROKE -- An unlicensed Pembroke man was arrested by Genesee County sheriff's deputies early Sunday and charged with aggravated unlicensed driving, driving while impaired by drugs and a traffic count.

Francis Scott Smith, 18, of Angling Road, was stopped on Route 77 for driving with his bright lights on, deputies said. Smith was then found to be driving while his ability was impaired by drugs and driving without a license, deputies said.

Smith was ordered to appear in Town Court on April 24.


House fire in Arcade causes $100,000 damage

ARCADE -- The Wyoming County chapter of the American Red Cross is assisting two adults and two children whose home on Route 98 sustained $100,000 damage because of a malfunctioning bedroom light fixture early Sunday, the county's Office of Emergency Services reported Monday.

Six fire companies responded to the fire, which was called in at about 3:45 a.m. Sunday by a guest who was staying with the family and came back to the unoccupied home and called 911.

One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation.


Littering ends up sending Jamestown man to jail

The simple act of littering -- throwing a food wrapper out the window of a moving vehicle -- ended up sending a 19-year-old Jamestown man to the city jail over the weekend, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported Monday.

A sheriff's deputy on routine patrol spotted the littering and stopped a vehicle early Saturday on Route 474 in Ashville. The passenger, Patrick S. Seekings, 19, of Jamestown, was charged with littering, but he also had an outstanding arrest warrant for assault in Jamestown, authorities said.

Deputies then turned Seekings over to the custody of Jamestown police, who put him in jail.

The driver, a 17-year-old Jamestown resident, was charged with operating without a license by driving after 9 p.m. on a learner's permit, and displaying a fictitious inspection certificate, according to police reports.