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>2 juveniles charged in attempted robbery

JAMESTOWN -- Two 15-year-olds were quickly arrested in the attempted armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman Monday night, police said.

The 15-year-old juveniles confronted the deliveryman as he was making a delivery in the 300 block of Willard Street, shortly before 9:30 p.m. The pair failed to get any money and fled, police said.

The juveniles will be petitioned to Chautauqua County Family Court.

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>5 indicted in case of kidnapping, slaying

Five people have been indicted in the trafficking of marijuana and kidnapping and slaying of a Connecticut man last February, acting U.S. Attorney Kathleen Mehltretter said Tuesday.

Mitchell M. LaFrance, Anthony Marinaccio, Noah Gladding and Eric Connelly, of Chester, Conn., were indicted on charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. If convicted they could face life in prison and a $4 million fine.

They are accused of conspiring to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana in New York and Connecticut from 2001 to March 2005, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Everado Rodriguez.

Gladding, Connelly and Josiah Howenstine also were indicted on charges of kidnapping, conspiracy to kidnap, discharge of a firearm possessed in furtherance of a drug conspiracy and discharge of a firearm possessed in furtherance of a crime of violence.

Gladding was charged additionally with using a firearm to commit a crime of violence and causing death.

The charges stem from the kidnapping of Jason Argersinger in Connecticut, who was transported across New York State and shot eight times by Gladding, who then dumped his body in Black Creek in Stafford, Genesee County, authorities said.

Connelly and Gladding, both of Chester, Conn., are in their early 20s. Argersinger, also of Chester, was 24. Further information on LaFrance, Marinaccio and Howenstine was unavailable.

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>Niagara Regional Police look for missing woman

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Niagara Regional Police are looking for a 22-year-old city resident who has been missing for more than a week.

Cassey Joyce Cichocki was last seen in the area of Queen Street and St. Lawrence Avenue late Dec. 4 or early Dec. 5, police said. Originally from Port Colborne, she moved here about two years ago and was most recently living in a rooming house on Bridge Street, police said.

She is 5-feet tall, 95 pounds, and has long, straight dark brown hair and a large surgical scar from her stomach to her back, police said.

Police said there is no evidence of foul play. Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Cathy Uskin at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 2200.

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