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Council member surrenders to police in Jamestown

JAMESTOWN -- A City Council member surrendered to police Monday on allegations that he committed felony criminal mischief by breaking a window at Sneakers Bar at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Michael A. Taylor, a substitute city teacher, said he is stepping down as chairman of the Council's Public Safety Committee.

Taylor is scheduled to appear Friday in City Court.


Parole hearing postponed in notorious killing of boy

ALBANY -- A parole hearing has been postponed for a state prison inmate who was 13 years old when he killed a 4-year-old boy with a rock.

The state Parole Board said Tuesday that Eric Smith's interview, which had been set for this week, is now scheduled for May. Parole officials say they're waiting for additional records.

Smith, now 32, was convicted of second-degree murder in 1994. He was sentenced to nine years to life in prison for killing Derrick Robie in Savona, a small village about 90 minutes from Buffalo. Smith lured the boy into woods, hit him with a rock, stuffed paper in his mouth and crushed his skull with a 26-pound rock.

He's been denied parole five times.


Identity sought on remains of man found near ski trails

State police are trying to identify the remains of a man found by a hiker near the Art Roscoe Ski trails in the Red House area of Allegany State Park at about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday.

The remains were found near the area where a man named Thomas Hamilton was reported missing a year and a half ago.

Troopers had no additional information late Tuesday.


Woman sought in robbery of federal credit union

CLYMER -- State police in Jamestown were seeking a woman who robbed the Southern Chautauqua Federal Credit Union late Tuesday afternoon.

The woman -- described as white, about 5-foot-3 and 130 pounds, was wearing a red hoodie with gray arms and a dark winter cap, blue jeans and glasses -- handed a teller a note and left on foot with an undetermined about of cash.

Troopers said the woman did not display a weapon and was believed to be holding a green plastic grocery bag.

Anyone with information is asked to call the State Police at 665-3113.


Masks discarded in holdup of store being examined

JAMESTOWN -- Masks discarded by the three young men who robbed the Wilson Farms store on Hazeltine Avenue on Sunday evening are being processed for any forensic evidence they can provide, Jamestown police reported Tuesday.

The suspects who staged the stickup at about 9:40 p.m Sunday and discarded their masks as they fled with cash are described by police as all being small in stature and either in their late teens or early 20s. Two of the suspects are described as being about 5 feet, 6 inches to 5 feet, 7 inches, with the third standing about 5 feet, 10 inches.

Anyone with information about the suspects is urged to contact investigators at 483-7531 or leave an anonymous tip at 483-8477 (TIPS). All communication will be kept confidential.


Two state inmates charged over prison offenses

WARSAW -- State police have brought charges against two inmates for offenses while they were housed at local state prison facilities.

Ahjemin Ross-Simmons, 17, currently serving time in the state's Orleans Correctional Facility for a Monroe County burglary, was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly severely beating a middle-aged inmate two months ago at Wyoming Correctional Facility.

Mario Campbell, 29, currently serving a Bronx murder sentence at the state's Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and promoting prison contraband for allegedly making two-edged metal weapons while at Attica Correctional Facility in December.

Ross-Simmons and Campbell face procedures in State Supreme Court in Warsaw on their new charges.


Jamestown man gets 1-3 years in burglary

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Jamestown man was ordered by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on Tuesday to serve a one- to three-year prison term on his conviction for third-degree burglary and criminal mischief for a Dec. 15 South Valley burglary.

James E. Baran Jr., 36, also was ordered to make $1,394 in restitution for property damage he caused in the break-in. Baran remains under suspicion for other recent unsolved burglaries in the county, officials confirmed.


Deputies, state police roust underage drinkers

WARSAW -- Wyoming County sheriff's deputies and state police broke up an underage drinking party Saturday on Stedman Road in the Town of Bennington.

Ryan J. Kowalewski, 19: Brandon J. Becker, 20; and Stephen N. McLaurin, 20, all of Varysburg, were charged with unlawful possession of alcohol.