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Cattaraugus couple charged with abusing 600 animals

FARMERSVILLE – A Farmersville couple was charged Wednesday by the Cattaraugus County SPCA with two counts each of animal cruelty for allegedly mishandling more than 600 dogs and other animals on the farm off Elton Road here.

Cynthia Nupp, an SPCA animal control officer, told The Buffalo News that Donald and Bonnie George have been ordered to appear in Farmersville Town Court at 7 p.m. March 8 to deal with the charges. A number of dogs on the farm were seized and the investigation of conditions for animals there are continuing, Nupp said.

A county highway worker reportedly alerted SPCA officials Saturday that he had seen a horse down in a field on the George property.

That horse was euthanized and the State Police assisted SPCA workers Wednesday in taking a number of dogs from the farm.

According to SPCA records in 2005, more than 40 horses were taken from property owned by Bonnie George because of allegedly inhuman conditions they had been living under.

The Cattaraugus County SPCA is asking the public for food donations to feed the animals found on the Farmersville farm.

Calls can be made to the SPCA at 716-372-8492.

Falconer man found in ditch charged with drunk driving

FREWSBURG – A 52-year-old Falconer man who allegedly backed his car into a ditch Sunday was charged by State Police with drunken driving.

David J. Huber was found in his car in a ditch off North Pearl Street here. He was found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit. Huber, who claimed he accidentally drove backwards into a ditch was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and unsafe backing of his vehicle.

He was ordered to appear in Carroll Town Court in several weeks after he was picked up by a friend.

2 drug suspects injured after jumping from window

Two drug suspects arrested in the first block of Victoria Avenue early Wednesday suffered minor injuries when they jumped from a window with police in pursuit. Buffalo police said.

Christopher Golpl, 26, and Nicholas Calhoun, also 26, and both of Victoria Avenue, were charged with felony counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine) and official misconduct and false personation, for using fake names, police said.

The two ran into a home and jumped out an upper-story window, police said. They were treated in Erie County Holding Center.

Woman admits to trying to steal ramen noodles

LOCKPORT – A woman who was caught trying to steal some ramen noodles and macaroni and cheese from a Niagara Falls home pleaded guilty Friday.

Andrea I. Jordan, 48, of Falls Street, admitted to attempted second-degree burglary and was scheduled for sentencing April 20 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon. In the interim, Jordan will be assigned to Niagara Falls mental health court.

On Nov. 17, 2014, a resident of 19th Street caught Jordan trying to take packages of noodles from a sun porch she used as a pantry.

Troopers cite Lockport man on DWI, speeding charges

LOCKPORT – A 24-year-old Lockport man was cited for drunken driving and other charges when he was pulled over Monday by State Police on Beattie Road.

Marcus A. Ballard allegedly registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and unsafe lane changes. He faces proceedings in Lockport City Court in several weeks.

Man with DWI conviction charged with four felonies

A City of Tonawanda man with a previous drunken driving conviction was charged early Tuesday with four felonies, including several driving while intoxicated charges.

Frank J. Alessi of State Street was pulled over by police on Roosevelt Avenue and found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent, City of Tonawanda police said.

Police also found 2.7 grams of cocaine during the stop, along with various drug paraphernalia, including scales, grinders and packing materials.

He was charged with felony DWI, aggravated DWI, driving while ability impaired by drugs, criminal possession of a controlled substance and three counts of criminal possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alessi had a DWI conviction in Amherst in 2010, police said.

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