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Kennedy woman injured as car crashes into tree

POLAND -- A Kennedy woman was injured after her westbound car crashed into a tree on Route 394 shortly after 12:30 p.m. Friday.

Maryjo Newman, 38, was being treated in WCA Hospital, Jamestown, for injuries deemed non-life-threating, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said. The crash remains under investigation.

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Man pleads guilty to charges in $5 million investor scam

An Orchard Park man pleaded guilty to wire fraud Friday as part of a scam that may have cost investors more than $5 million.

James E. Rotterman, 33, was accused of using two companies he had formed, JRCG Holdings and Warlord Media, to advertise businesses he claimed were for sale.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen L. Wylegala said the businesses didn't exist but that Rotterman was able to attract hundreds of investors by using false financial documents, bank statements and tax returns.

"The best advice the public should keep in mind when considering an investment is, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said in a statement.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division.

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Member of gang pleads guilty to drug trafficking

A Buffalo man identified as a gang member pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to distributing crack cocaine.

Pinky Stover, 33, could face 20 years in prison and a $5 million fine when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Aug. 27. Stover sold crack cocaine to an FBI informant in July 2008 on William Street near Sherman Street, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael L. McCabe.

Stover was identified a member of the "31-Gang," which trafficked drugs on Buffalo's East Side, authorities said. Stover and 33 others were arrested in February 2009. To date, 32 of the defendants have been convicted, authorities said.

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Police probe continues in recent thefts of safes

JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown police Friday were continuing an investigation into the thefts of safes in two separate burglaries on the city's north side.

The first incident occurred between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at a home on Lakeview Avenue in which a large, tan colored steel safe containing cash and jewelry was removed from the house. The second incident was reported to have occurred between 11 a.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday at a house on Gordon Street. The second safe was also made of steel and contained cash, according to police.

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W. Seneca woman indicted in international stock scam

An international investigation has resulted in a 40-count federal indictment charging a West Seneca woman with fraud.

The indictment, announced Friday by U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr., charges Monica Romaszko, 59, and 11 others with participating in a large-scale, international "stock boiler-room" scheme.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen Wylegala said the investment fraud was based in Barcelona, Spain and involved a telemarketing operation that used phones and the Internet to cold call investors.

Romaszko, the only local defendant, is accused of opening two bank accounts, one in the Buffalo area, one in Fort Erie, Ont., that were used to deposit investor funds. Wylegala said the money was later transferred to various accounts across the world.

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Deportee pleads guilty to bid to re-enter U.S.

A native of Nigeria pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to attempting to re-enter the United States after being previously deported.

Daniel Nkenchor Iduwe, 50, was accused of trying to enter the country from Canada in November 2011 using a Canadian passport he had obtained in the name of Daniel Osahon.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Gretchen L. Wylegala said it was later revealed that Iduwe had been deported in 2002 following felony convictions in the mid 1980s.

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Traffic stop in Arcade yields marijuana charge

ARCADE -- Austin L. Fahey, 20, of Arcade, was charged with possession of marijuana after Wyoming County sheriff deputies stopped him for traffic infractions on Route 39 in the Town of Arcade at 1:48 a.m. Thursday, authorities said. He was given an appearance ticket for an Arcade Town Court session June 14.

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Man fatally hit by car identified by authorities

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A pedestrian killed Thursday night when he was struck by a car has been identified as Dale S. Billips, 55, of Robinson Road, Town of Lockport.

A Nissan Versa with four occupants was traveling northbound on Transit just north of Robinson Road at about 11:30 p.m. when it struck Billips, who was walking eastbound across South Transit.