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Man is charged in thefts of copper from scrap yard

PEMBROKE -- A Springville man was charged with grand larceny and criminal trespassing after a series of copper wire thefts were reported from a local scrap processing business.

During the latest theft, Scott Taylor, 45, was caught in the enclosed scrap yard Monday evening, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office announced Wednesday.

Taylor is accused of breaking into Ed Arnold Scrap Processors at least five times during the last month, sheriff's officials said.

Business managers and employees were monitoring the yard after hours during the latest break-in, deputies said.

Taylor was charged with four counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, one count of fourth-degree attempted grand larceny and five counts of third-degree criminal trespass. Sheriff's officials said an investigation continues into similar thefts in the county and beyond.

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Olean man pleads guilty in robbery of cab driver

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man pleaded guilty to a third-degree attempted robbery charge Wednesday in Cattaraugus County Court for a gunpoint robbery in which he made off with $106 from a cabbie last Aug. 15 on North Union Street in Olean.

Stephen J. Schindlbeck, 26, faces a possible prison term of up to four years, according to Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman.

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School bus driver charged in collision with SUV

GERRY -- The driver of the First Student school bus involved in a crash Monday that injured almost two dozen people, most of them members of the Dunkirk High School girls track team, has been charged with making an unsafe lane change, state police reported.

John Logsdon, 54, was driving the bus when he veered into an SUV while turning into a driveway at about 4 p.m. Monday on Route 60 in Chautauqua County, troopers said.

Twenty-two members of the track team were shaken, but none suffered serious injuries. Amanda Winhaber, 16, the driver of the sport utility vehicle, was treated in Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa., for a broken wrist and thumb, and a concussion. She and her passenger, who suffered less-serious injuries, were released later Monday, troopers said.

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Two accused of break-ins at Chautauqua Institution

MAYVILLE -- Two people have been indicted by a grand jury after a series of burglaries at the Chautauqua Institution during the winter months, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

William Sloan Jr., 22, of Weber Road, Sherman, and Stephanie Textor, 23, of North Erie Street, Mayville, were arrested by sheriff's deputies, Chautauqua Institution police and Jamestown police at their homes earlier this week.

Sloan and Textor are linked to reports of eight residential burglaries on the institution grounds in December and January, deputies said.

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Whitesville woman jailed as alleged meth dealer

WELLSVILLE -- A Whitesville woman is being held in the Allegany County Jail for allegedly trafficking in methamphetamine.

Following a monthlong, multiagency investigation, Anne Pusey, 42, of Snow Road, was arrested by officers of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and state police.

Acting Village Justice James Ames ordered Pusey jailed on charges of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine, criminal possession of stolen property and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Village of Wellsville and Town of Independence police officers began the investigation about a month ago. A spokesman for the drug task force said no further arrests or charges are anticipated.

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Charges lodged for failure to appear for grand jury

BLISS -- A town resident was charged with second-degree criminal contempt and accused of failing to return for work sessions on a Wyoming County grand jury earlier this year.

Kevin Sutter, 30, was arrested by state police Monday. He is charged with failing to return to court after making an initial appearance for grand jury work Jan. 3.

He was ordered to return to Wyoming County Court for further proceedings in several weeks.

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Tractor-trailer rolls over at bridge staging area

Emergency crews were kept busy Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer rolled over on the Fort Erie, Ont., side of the Peace Bridge, and two men canoeing in the Niagara River capsized a short distance off the Rich Marina on the U.S. side.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was hurt when his vehicle rolled over at about 1:15 p.m., according to Niagara Regional Police.

Police, the Fort Erie Fire Department and paramedics from the Niagara Emergency Medical Service were called to the scene in the commercial vehicle staging area near the entrance to the bridge.

The canoeists capsized off Austin Street at about 2:30 p.m. They were rescued by a "good Samaritan," U.S. Coast Guard officials said.