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Guilty plea entered in fatal beating

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Allegany man pleaded guilty before Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on Monday to beating a neighbor to death last year in the Valley View Estates trailer park.

Gregory E. Farr, 22, who has been jailed since last October, admitted fatally beating Steven L. Balser, 58, with a crowbar and knife at the South Nile Road trailer park at about 11:45 p.m. last Oct. 24.

State police and Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said Farr told authorities he and Balser disliked each other and had been arguing for several days because Balser falsely accused him of taking some items from him.

Balser died of blunt force trauma, according to the results of an autopsy done in Erie County Medical Center.

Farr faces 15 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced July 16.

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Guilty plea entered to sexual misconduct

LITTLE VALLEY -- Zackary R. Richardson, 19, of Killbuck, pleaded guilty Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to a misdemeanor charge of sexual misconduct.

Richardson was charged with molesting a woman in the Town of Great Valley on April 30, 2011. He faces sentencing July 16.

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More than 50 arrested at Fredonia festival

FREDONIA -- More than 50 people were arrested on various charges at the 30th annual "Fred Fest" music festival at Fredonia State College on Thursday through Sunday, Village Police Sgt. Phillip Maslak said Monday.

The college police force issued four open container summonses, and village police charged 49 people with a number of various counts, including one unlawful imprisonment charge and a drunken driving arrest, two assaults, a criminal impersonation count and a harassment charge, Maslak said.

Village police, who received 215 calls during the weekend, lodged a total of 101 charges against the 49 men and women, he said.

Thirty-three people were charged with underage possession of alcoholic beverages, and 32 of those arrests involved open-container violations.

All the suspects arrested during the long-standing college tradition have either made bail or been released on their own recognizance pending proceedings in Village Court, Maslak said.

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Nine departments fight two fires in Warsaw

WARSAW -- Two fires that destroyed a garage, two late-model cars and a building at two residences kept nine fire departments busy last weekend.

The garage fire Saturday afternoon at the home of David and Phyllis Bell, 2756 Blackhouse Road, destroyed the garage and the cars inside the structure. It also damaged a pickup truck parked outside the building with total damage estimated at $55,000.

That fire took about 3 1/2 hours to handle. No injuries were reported. It was caused by an electrical problem with a car battery and a battery charger being used on one of the cars, Wyoming County sheriff's officials said.

Meanwhile, a 12-by-12 outbuilding worth $8,500 at the residence of William and Annette Zuger, 1046 Wyoming Road, was destroyed. The fire was caused by the careless disposal of hot ashes from a wood burning boiler in the building, deputies said.

Fire companies dealing with both fires were Warsaw, Attica, Gainesville, Perry Center, Varysburg, Wyoming, Perry, Pavilion and Bethany.

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DWI charge follows rollover accident

ALABAMA -- A town man faces Town Court proceedings May 29 on drunken driving and other charges after a rollover accident near Judge and Griffin roads at about 3:15 p.m. Sunday.

Jonathan R. Kyle, 23, of Bloomingdale Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and failing to stop at a stop sign, after Genesee County deputies confirmed he was intoxicated, according to sheriff's officials.

Kyle was involved in a one-vehicle crash after the failed to stop in time at a stop sign at the intersection, sheriff's deputies said.

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Traffic stop leads to DWI charge

A 45-year-old Chautauqua County man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, after State Police at Jamestown reported he registered a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit.

A vehicle driven by Ronald Sample, of Bemus Point, was pulled over on Main Street in Randolph for traffic violations Sunday. After Sample failed several field-sobriety tests, he was arrested before a blood-alcohol test revealed a reading of 0.21 percent, according to police reports.

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Sale of painkillers brings 6-month term

LOCKPORT -- A Shelby man will serve six months in jail to start a five-year probation stint for selling painkillers, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered Monday.

Thomas L. Williams, 44, of West Shelby Road, had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.