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WELLSVILLE -- A Mississippi man who is accused of assaulting a motel guest in Wellsville at 3 a.m. Thursday has been jailed.

Wellsville state police charged Timothy R. Bridges, 41, of Deltonia, Miss., after he was accused of kicking in a door at the Long Vue Motel on Bolivar Road and assaulting one of the room's occupants.

Troopers said they charged Bridges with first-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

Wellsville Town Justice Noel G. Herberger remanded Bridges to Allegany County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Three teenagers arrested
over stolen ATV

JAMESTOWN -- Three Cattaraugus County teens were arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Thursday on charges of possession of stolen property, after state police from the Jamestown barracks pulled their car over for one headlight on Waterboro Hill Road in the Town of Ellington.

Troopers discovered that the suspects, ages 16 to 18, had a 1-year-old all-terrain vehicle valued at $3,600. The owner had not yet reported it stolen, troopers said.

The three were arraigned in Poland Town Court and remanded without bail to Chautauqua County Jail pending court action. Two of them were on probation for other offenses, troopers said.

Suspect arrested in theft
of elderly woman's purse

An insurance card that fell from a stolen vehicle helped lead Cheektowaga detectives to a suspect in a May 3 purse snatching from an 84-year-old woman.

The theft occurred when the woman stopped for a cup of coffee in the Tops Market in the Thruway Plaza that morning. The thief took her purse from her shopping cart, the woman yelled for help, and two employees chased him to his car.

During his attempt to flee, the insurance card fell from the vehicle, which had been stolen from Freedom. Detective Ray Nowicki contacted the owner, who gave him the name of a possible suspect. Through a photo array, the two employees identified the suspect as the man they had chased.

Police arrested Anthony D. Stefano, 41, of Wellington Road, Buffalo, when he was released Wednesday from Erie County Medical Center, where he had been treated for a drug overdose, police said. Detective Nowicki charged Stefano with third-degree robbery.

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