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Man, 43, fatally injured crossing at intersection

JAMESTOWN -- A 43-year-old man was fatally injured Monday night when he was struck by a vehicle at an intersection, Jamestown police said Tuesday.

Terry T. Harper walked into the path of a southbound vehicle on Washington Street at West 13th Street at about 9:10 p.m., according to a preliminary police investigation.

He was taken to WCA Hospital, where he died as the result of his injuries, police said.

Charges are not expected to be placed against the driver, said police, who continue to investigate the incident with the help of the Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team.

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2 Gowanda women charged in Sunday theft of vehicle

PERRYSBURG -- Two Gowanda women arrested Tuesday stole a car from a residence on Burning Springs Road on the Cattaraugus Reservation early Sunday, state police said.

Geraldine Seneca, 30, and Kachine Lay, 19, are charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

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Bowling alley disruption lands woman behind bars

PORTAGEVILLE -- A Fillmore woman arrested after a fight in a bowling alley last week remains in the Wyoming County Jail pending further court proceedings for that incident and on contempt of court charges, state police announced Tuesday.

Tonja L. Hopsecker, 32, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, criminal contempt, criminal possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct for the Letchworth Pines Bowling Alley incident and a melee that followed in Genesee Falls Town Court.

Hopsecker was arrested at the Portageville lanes June 12 by state troopers, assisted by Wyoming County sheriff's deputies and State Park Police.

after she allegedly choked another woman during an altercation. Police said she then fought with them.

During her arraignment before Genesee Falls Town Justice Sean Quigley the next day, Hopsecker refused to listen to the judge and disrupted the proceedings several times, prompting the judge to charge her with contempt of court.

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Threat to social workers charged in woman's arrest

RIDGEWAY -- A Ridgeway woman arrested Tuesday at her Murdock Road home is accused of threatening to shoot Child Protective Services staff and police if they came to her home.

Laura S. Snider, 29, is charged with making a terrorist threat, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of her three children, ages 4, 6 and 13.

Orleans County Sheriff Scott D. Hess said the Sheriff's Office was alerted after Snider threatened a Catholic Charities social worker visiting the home Monday to check on the welfare of the three children. Snider was arrested after social workers and deputies went to her home Tuesday, authorities said.

Snider was arraigned before Ridgeway Town Justice Dawn Kepplers and is in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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Florida man arrested at border over weapons

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Florida man was arrested at the Rainbow Bridge on Monday for attempting to carry a loaded handgun and ammunition into the United States without a permit.

Jose M. Badiola, 52, of Port Orange, was carrying a loaded .22-caliber revolver and also had 200 rounds of ammunition, police said. Badiola had no permit to carry a gun in Florida or New York, according to authorities.

Niagara Falls police charged him with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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Tempe, Ariz., man pleads guilty to trafficking pot

An Arizona man pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge William Skretny to conspiracy to traffic drugs and distribute marijuana.

Elijah Chaffino, 32, of Tempe, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, for distributing 110 pounds of marijuana as an interstate drug trafficker. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a

$1 million fine when sentenced Sept. 28.

Prosecutors said that from 2009 through January Chaffino and four others conspired to traffic between Arizona and the Buffalo area.

Chaffino, the first of the defendants to be tried, mailed packages containing marijuana from Arizona to several locations in Buffalo. The packages contained about 160 pounds of marijuana, authorities said.

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Police say cyclist with beer had heroin in pants pocket

Buffalo police stopped a man on a bicycle in the 700 block of Prospect Avenue, where they said they saw him sipping a beer.

That was just the start of his problems.

Jose C. Ferrer, 48, was arrested by police after they said they found 19 bags of heroin in his pants pocket at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Ferrer was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.