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MAN FACES DWI CHARGE IN DEATH OF TEEN BICYCLIST

VILLENOVA -- A 34-year-old Fredonia man was arrested Sunday on a charge of driving drunk and killing a 14-year-old bicyclist earlier this month, said state troopers in Fredonia.

James E. Fetterick of Whitaker Road was charged with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, felony driving while intoxicated and several vehicle and traffic violations.

Patrick Krebs of Villenova was pronounced dead in Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, after the Oct. 5 accident.

Investigator Michael Bauer said the boy was riding his bike on the shoulder of Route 322, near Route 93, at about 7:45 p.m. when he was struck from behind by Fetterick, who was driving a westbound pickup truck partially on the shoulder.

Troopers said Fetterick registered a 0.15 reading on a Breathalyzer test. Fetterick was arrested at his home Sunday morning after police completed their investigation. He was released from Chautauqua County Jail on $30,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

FAKE PROBE SWINDLES WOMAN OUT OF $4,800

Amherst police are warning the public not to get duped by a "bank fraud" scheme that recently netted $4,800 from one unsuspecting elderly woman and led another targeted victim to call police.

Both attempts were made earlier this week, and here's how they worked:

A person claiming to be a bank security officer phoned the women, claiming to be investigating bank fraud among tellers. The caller asked the women to withdraw a certain amount of money, have it put in an envelope that would preserve the teller's fingerprints, bring it to a prescribed location and hand the money over to the individual, who promised to return it.

Of course, in the one successful attempt, the money never was returned.

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