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Man charged with issuing bad check at animal clinic

OLEAN – A Chemung County man was charged Sunday by State Police with issuing a bad check at a Cattaraugus County veterinary clinic during the spring, troopers announced.

Michael A. Predmore, 31, of Horseheads, is accused of writing a check for $752.45 in April to pay for services from Haskell Veterinary Clinic in Portville, but the check was returned for insufficient funds.

Predmore was arrested Sunday, arraigned in Olean Town Court and released on $700 bail pending a further court proceedings.

Charge of aggravated DWI filed by Orchard Park police

A Sinclairville man faces a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated in connection with an incident Friday night on Armor Duells Road in Orchard Park, town police reported.

Barry Mason, 23, was arrested after police responded to a complaint for the reckless operation of a black Jeep Compass at about 8 p.m. and stopped him in the parking lot of a restaurant on Clark Street in Hamburg, according to police reports.

Mason allegedly failed field sobriety tests and was charged with DWI, driving with an open alcoholic beverage and violating restrictions on his license.

After submitting to a breath test, his blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.21 percent, nearly three times the legal limit, resulting in the aggravated DWI charge.

Mason posted $100 bail and was released pending a July 21 court appearance.

Woman with DWI history loses license, faces felonies

WHEATFIELD – A Lewiston woman with a past conviction for drunken driving who had her license revoked will face felony charges after she was stopped again for driving while intoxicated Friday.

Patricia A. Freck, 54, was charged by State Police with felony DWI; aggravated unlicensed operation, also a felony; moving from a lane unsafely; failure to use a designated lane; and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Freck was stopped by a trooper on Shawnee Road after she failed to stay in her lane. The trooper also noticed an open container of alcohol in the vehicle.

She was found with blood-alcohol content of .09 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Freck was arraigned in the Wheatfield Town Court and remanded to Niagara County Jail after not posting $500 bail. A return court date was set for July 8.

Stop of stolen vehicle puts fugitive, companion in jail

A traffic stop in downtown Buffalo led to the arrest of a fugitive traveling in a stolen vehicle, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

The vehicle, occupied by a man and a woman, was pulled over Thursday on Franklin Street, in front of the Rath County Office Building; the reason for the stop wasn’t disclosed.

After it was discovered that the vehicle was reported stolen from a car rental company in Buffalo, the two occupants were taken into custody, a sheriff’s spokesman said. The woman gave deputies two different names without producing identification.

The woman was later identified as Kiara McNamee, 24, of Buffalo, who was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service for skipping out on bail. Further information was not immediately available. McNamee was in possession of hydrocodone not in its original container, the spokesman said. She was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as criminal impersonation and false personation.

The other occupant, Shakille Dothard, 21, of Buffalo, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of marijuana.

Both were jailed in the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment.

Cellphone video, tip prompt arrest in holdup of 7-Eleven

A customer’s cellphone video of a Cheektowaga convenience store robbery, followed by an anonymous Tip 411 call about the suspect’s identity, resulted in an arrest, town police reported Friday.

The robbery occurred May 20, when a man whose face was covered with a bandanna and who was carrying a baseball bat demanded money from a cashier at the 7-Eleven store at 1650 Kensington Ave.

The robber fled with about $400 and ran to a getaway car parked several streets away, police said.

Nicholas Piraino, 21, of Amherst, was taken into custody Wednesday by Detectives James J. Genson and Eric C. Broska. Police said Piraino admitted to the robbery, and detectives obtained evidence linking him to the crime.

Piraino was charged with a felony count of robbery and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon.

Following arraignment before Town Justice Dennis T. Gorski, Piraino was released on $200 bail.

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