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Allegany youth arrested in two business robberies

KILL BUCK -- A 16-year-old from Allegany has been arrested on charges of robbery and burglary at two businesses within 24 hours.

The youth, who was not identified because of his age, was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on charges of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Deputies said someone forced entry at Nafco gas station on Route 417 around 4 a.m. Wednesday and several cartons of cigarettes were stolen.

A Sheriff's Department dog used for tracking led officers to a nearby mobile home park, where the 16-year-old was located and arrested.

Deputies said further investigation determined the youth was involved in a robbery shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday at the Uni-Mart store on Central Avenue in Salamanca.

The youth has been charged with second-degree robbery and third-degree assault relating to that incident.

He was arraigned in Salamanca City Court and sent to the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Fredonia youths arrested in junk-vehicle prank

DUNKIRK -- Two Fredonia youths were arrested at 4:05 a.m. Wednesday and charged with trespass after allegedly being involved in a prank at Dunkirk High School.

Police report that Michael Haase, 18, of Matteson Street, and Matthew Crowell, 17, of Wisteria Drive, pushed a junk vehicle into the school parking lot. The vehicle was spray-painted with orange and black graffiti, the Fredonia School District colors.

The annual Dunkirk-Fredonia high schools football game is to be played Friday at the Orange Bowl in Fredonia.

A neighbor called police, who coordinated efforts with the Fredonia Police Department. The youths were taken into custody within minutes, when the Fredonia force located the suspect vehicle near the Dunkirk-Fredonia border.

Man arrested in abduction and assault of his ex-wife

A Sardinia man who allegedly abducted his ex-wife late Monday night in Springville was arrested Tuesday night in Veterans Affairs Medical Center, authorities said.

Matthew Cobado, 29, of Route 39, was charged with kidnapping, assault and criminal possession of a handgun when he arrived in the Bailey Avenue hospital at 10:30 p.m.

"His ex-wife gave us information that he may be en route to the hospital to seek treatment. According to her, he was considering suicide," Erie County Sheriff's Detective Arthur Litzinger said Wednesday.

Cobado had kidnapped his former wife at about 10:15 p.m. Monday when she stepped outside the Springville nursing home she works at for a break, according to Sheriff's Detectives Ken Stevens and Tim Higgins.

Cobado then drove to remote locations in Cattaraugus County, where he sexually assaulted and pistol-whipped her, authorities said.

Police searched Monday night and Tuesday but couldn't find the woman. Cobado, police said, finally released his ex-wife at her uncle's home and then drove to Buffalo, where he was arrested.

Erie County detectives also charged Cobado with violating an order of protection his ex-wife had obtained against him.

Ex-councilman reports for start of jail term

BATAVIA -- Former City Councilman Franklin J. Battaglia will have two quiet days each week for the next three months. He reported to the Genesee County Jail on Tuesday after an appeal from jail time was denied by Genesee County Judge Robert C. Noonan.

Battaglia was convicted of threatening to blow up a factory across from his School Street home. He had been involved in a long dispute with Batavia Metal Products, a stamping plant whose noise and vibrations, Battaglia claimed, exceeded permissible limits.

He was arrested in December after allegedly making threatening phone calls to the plant. In May, City Court Judge Robert J. Balbick ordered Battaglia to serve two days a week in jail for three months. He was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and a $120 court charge.

He reported at the jail at 5 p.m. Tuesday and will remain behind bars until 5 p.m. today.

Woman killed in collision involving three vehicles

A 34-year-old Orleans County woman was killed Tuesday night in a three-vehicle accident that began when one vehicle went through a stop sign and collided with a tractor-trailer filled with several tons of apples, Orleans County sheriff's deputies said.

Ann M. Passarell of Holley was pronounced dead at the scene after the crash at 8:01 p.m. at Route 104 and Monroe-Orleans County Line Road.

Witnesses told sheriff's deputies that a southbound vehicle driven by Jeffrey R. Borelli, 21, of Hilton, went through a stop sign and collided with a westbound truck carrying the apples. The tractor-trailer then jackknifed into the eastbound lane, striking Passarell's vehicle head-on.

No charges have been filed, but the accident remains under investigation.

The accident forced the closing of Route 104 for several hours, after several tons of apples were spilled onto the road.

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