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Two hurt, 7 dogs perish in Ross Street fire

BATAVIA -- Two people were injured and seven dogs died in a Thursday afternoon house fire that broke out on Ross Street in Batavia, fire officials said.

The blaze, which was declared accidental but remains under investigation, started in a first-floor living room of a one family home at 251 Ross shortly before 2:30 p.m.

Damage was pegged at as much as $45,000, Fire Capt. Jeff Day said.

The two occupants of the home were taken to United Memorial Medical Center for smoke inhalation and minor injuries.

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Panel unclear on cause of fatal plane crash

CORRY, Pa. -- A small plane that crashed short of the runway at the Corry-Lawrence Airport last month was flying "low and slow" with its wings rocking from side to side just before the accident that killed one passenger.

The National Transportation Safety Board investigation found that the victim, Jeffrey C. Grego, 51, of Millcreek Township, wasn't wearing a seat belt when the plane crashed about 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

There were no indications the plane had mechanical problems so it was unclear what went wrong, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report released Thursday.

The pilot, Terence O'Keefe of Harborcreek, was seriously injured and a 13-year-old girl who was also a passenger suffered lesser injuries.

The full investigation will take about a year.

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Olean counselor admits scamming service agency

SMETHPORT, Pa. -- An Olean, N.Y., woman will be sentenced next month for defrauding a McKean County social service agency.

Julie Ann Ganoung, 42, pleaded guilty Thursday to insurance fraud, forgery, and theft charges because county authorities said she forged vouchers for treatment services she didn't offer.

Ganoung worked for Beacon Light Behavioral Health Systems, which counsels troubled youths. She pleaded guilty to submitting vouchers for $5,232 for treatment services she never provided and mileage reimbursements to which she wasn't entitled between last September and February.

She was scheduled for sentencing Oct. 27 in McKean County Court.

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4 UB students arrested following disturbances

Making good on their vow to crack down on quality-of-life crimes in the University District, Buffalo police arrested four University at Buffalo students early Friday.

All four were charged with disorderly conduct after being accused of failing to disperse following two disturbances, one outside a Lisbon Avenue address and the other at Main Street and West Northrup Place.

"We're not going to stand for it anymore," Mark S. Antonio, chief of patrol for Ferry-Fillmore and Northeast districts, said Friday. "If problems continue at the same addresses, we're going to make [more] arrests. The college is notified, and they're going to take disciplinary action."

At about 2:20 a.m., Northeast District Lt. Joseph Panus and Officer Deanna Fera arrested Ross J. Kartez, 19, of Oceanside,at the scene of the fight at Main and West Northrup.

That fight apparently spilled over to 160 Lisbon Ave., where police later arrested Tyler Celauro, 19, of Syosset; Stefan Rosenthal, 21, whose hometown was not listed; and Joshua Azrak, 19, of Merrick. Celauro and Rosenthal, who live at the Lisbon address, also were charged with possession of stolen property after officers discovered Buffalo street signs and signs taken from a local restaurant.

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