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THREE TEENS ACCUSED OF SHOOTING AT CARS

WEST ELLICOTT -- Three Jamestown teens are being held in the Chautauqua County Jail after allegedly shooting at cars on Fairmount Avenue early Tuesday morning.

William Groom of South Butts Avenue, Nicholas Rocco of Dearborn Street and Robert Colby of Hotchkiss Street, all 18, are each charged with felony criminal mischief, trespassing and disorderly conduct. They are being held without bail, pending the district attorney's recommendation.

Town of Ellicott police said the three had climbed onto the roof of the Salvation Army Thrift Store at about 1:30 a.m. and began shooting at cars with an unknown type of gun. All three were arrested at the scene, police said.

Offer to pay $10 for cone
ends in man's arrest

A Buffalo man who offered to pay $10 for a 96-cent ice cream cone ended up being arrested by Town of Tonawanda police.

The owner of Rudy's grocery store at 1041 Englewood Ave. in the town told police she saw Peter J. Coyne, 33, of Grace Street, try to steal the ice cream cone Friday evening, according to a police report.

When confronted, Coyne offered $10 if the owner wouldn't say anything to police, the report said.

Coyne, who was charged with petit larceny, initially gave officers a fake name when he was arrested, police said.

Beer salesman pleads guilty
to overcharging customers

ALBION -- A former beer salesman, who overbilled some customers to donate products to charity groups and to make up the money he lost in other schemes, faces up to six months in jail after pleading guilty to third-degree grand larceny.

Paul D. Ostrowski, 39, of Albion, entered his plea before Orleans County Judge James Punch. Ostrowski said he concocted and executed his overbilling scam alone and did not profit from it.

Ostrowski remained free on his own recognizance pending his Aug. 3 sentencing.

Ostrowski, who had more than 100 commercial customers, bars and convenience stores, admitted shortchanging some businesses out of a few cases of a beer a week. His billing scam started drawing customer complaints around Thanksgiving when a Medina bar owner started noticing his beer invoices listing cases of canned beer even though he never purchased canned beer for sale in his establishment.

Ostrowski was fired by the C.H. Wright Co. of Batavia in November after a criminal inquiry got under way to investigate customer overbilling complaints.

Two held in rape of girl, 14,
at North Collins festival

Two men have been arrested and a third is wanted for questioning following the rape and sodomy of a 14-year-old girl at the North Collins Strawberry Festival over the weekend.

Erie County sheriff's detectives led by Detective James F. Hatch of the Family Offense Unit charged Frank Gonzalez, 20, of Orlando, Fla., and Martin Beecroft, 21, of Weyand Avenue, Buffalo, with two counts each of rape and sodomy, as well as endangering the welfare of a child.

The incident occurred between 10 and 10:30 p.m. Saturday in a picnic area at the festival, according to Chief Patricia A. Bowers, who heads the sheriff's violence-prevention programs. The girl was taken to Children's Hospital, where she was treated and released.

A third person remains under investigation and is expected to be questioned by detectives.

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