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NEWS IN BRIEF

Reynolds briefs residents on security

ORANGEVILLE -- Rep. Thomas M. Reynolds, R-Clarence, told about 40 residents and town leaders Saturday that the recent anthrax scare is unlikely to ill bring any increased support for the Wyoming County Health Department.

During a meeting in Orangeville Town Hall, Reynolds said U.S. officials have mobilized federal teams to respond quickly to areas in which biological agents might have infected people.

Aides said Reynolds visited Orangeville, Seneca Falls and Ontario County on Saturday to reassure residents that Congress is taking steps to improve homeland security and the economy.

James Reger, Wyoming County emergency services coordinator, said assistance will be found in the event of a local emergency.

"We would go through state emergency services and the federal government," Reger said.

Reynolds said $20 million already has been dedicated to New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Two charged in assault, bicycle theft

DUNKIRK -- Two Dunkirk men were arrested Friday night in a strong-arm robbery in which a bicycle was stolen.

Johnathan A. Sheldon, 23, of Lord Street, and John R. Meller, 18, of King Street, were charged with second-degree robbery and second-degree assault, both felonies.

A man told Dunkirk police that the two had assaulted him and stolen his bicycle at 9:30 p.m. on Central Avenue near Third Street. The two were found nearby 15 minutes later, and the bicycle was recovered, police said.

The victim suffered minor head injuries, police said.

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