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Hindu couple's appeal in cattle case to begin

ANGELICA -- Arguments in the appeal of an Angelica couple ordered to remove cattle from their Village of Angelica home are scheduled for Wednesday in the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court in Rochester.

In a highly publicized court ruling, Stephen and Linda Voith, who are Hindu, were ordered to get rid of the cattle in 2003 because they violated village law by keeping the animals on a smaller-than-specified plot of land.

The Voiths claim their First Amendment religious rights are being violated, and that the cattle are integral to their belief system.

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Proposition by computer leads to sex charges

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A Dorchester Road man is accused of attempting to lure a 13-year-old girl into sexual activity over the computer, Niagara Regional Police said.

Sandor "Alex" Hegedus, 30, of Dorchester Road was charged with invitation to sexual touching and luring a child, and was taken into custody pending court action.

The girl's parents discovered the messages on the family computer in their Milton, Ont., home, authorities said.

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Probe leads to arrest of 2 men in cocaine case

ATTICA -- A monthlong investigation by the Wyoming County Drug Task Force has led to the arrests of two Warsaw men and the seizure of some cocaine, police officials reported Friday.

Attica Police Chief William M. Smith said task force officers recovered one-quarter ounce of powder cocaine, 2.5 grams of crack cocaine and some drug paraphernalia following the use of a search warrant in Warsaw.

Task force members charged Richard W. Barber, 35, of South Warsaw Road and Ryan C. Northrup, 22, of West Main Street with criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. They were sent to Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail each.

Information from Warsaw Police Officer Peter Hoffmeister and Sheriff's Sgt. Dan Hummel led to the signing of the search warrant by Warsaw Justice Michael Kennedy.

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Four farm structures damaged in blaze

FREDONIA -- Firefighters from five area departments were called out to a blaze that damaged four farm structures on Webster Road in Pomfret on Friday morning.

Fredonia firefighters got the call at about 3:30 a.m. and were aided by Brocton, Portland, East Dunkirk and Sheridan firefighters. Westfield firefighters were on standby.

Two buildings, including a horse barn, were destroyed. Two other structures, including a cow barn, sustained damaged.

Fredonia Fire Chief Larry Barter said there were no injuries and no animals were in the buildings at the time of the blaze.

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Father accused in attack on 5-month-old baby

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A 5-month-old infant was seriously injured after being attacked by its father Thursday, Niagara Regional Police said.

The baby was brought to the emergency department at Greater Niagara General Hospital late Thursday with seven broken bones, police said.

The victim's 24-year-old father was arrested at about 4 a.m. Friday and charged with aggravated assault.

Police said the father assaulted the child on several occasions during the past several months, including on Thursday.

Police did not disclose the identity or sex of the victim. The father's name was also withheld to prevent identification of the child.

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Man rescued after fall in whirlpool gorge

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Niagara Parks Police rescued a 22-year-old Brampton man who fell while in the whirlpool gorge on Thursday.

Parks Police were aided by the High Angle River Team, the Niagara Falls Fire Department and Niagara Emergency Medical Service in the rescue at 7:15 p.m. Authorities said the victim, who was engaged in horseplay with friends, was airlifted by Niagara Helicopters to Greater Niagara General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"This was a perfectly executed rescue by all agencies involved. Niagara Helicopters deserves special credit, as they did a great job of landing and taking off from the small pad under failing daylight conditions," Parks Police Constable John Gayder said.

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