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Hot Bodies Tanning fire smokes pizza parlor

JAMESTOWN -- A fire damaged two East Side businesses shortly after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Jamestown firefighters were called to Hot Bodies Tanning Salon on East Second Street shortly after 8 p.m. Battalion Chief Bill Johnston said the bulk of the damage was confined to the tanning salon, although the Dominos Pizza received smoke and water damage.

Johnston said the fire appears to have started near a tanning bed but an investigation continues.

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Police accuse man, 25, of defacing vets memorial

OLEAN -- An Olean man was arrested Thursday in connection with defacing a veterans Wall of Honor last week, Olean police reported.

Gerald R. Nichols Jr., 25, is accused of using black spray paint to mark the front of the memorial with the letters "BAB" early last Saturday morning.

Nichols was charged with making graffiti and felony criminal mischief.

He was taken to Cattaraugus County Jail pending $2,500 bail and is scheduled to appear in Olean City Court on Tuesday.

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Teen accused of robbing cab driver at knifepoint

DUNKIRK -- A teenager was arrested Thursday night after he held up a taxi driver at knifepoint, police said.

Julian Maxwell, 16, was charged with robbery, obstructing governmental administration and unlawful possession of marijuana.

The holdup occurred about 9 p.m. on West Fifth Street. Police said they arrested Maxwell after chasing him near the scene of the holdup, nabbing him as he tried to climb a fence. Police said they found cash from the robbery on him, as well as a small amount of marijuana.

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Ex-Sunday school teacher sentenced for child porn

A former Sunday school teacher from Oakfield will spend 78 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography over the Internet.

David Perozzi, 52, called himself "A School Teacher" when he would go into a chat room for discussions with other child pornography users, federal agents from the Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement said.

When agents raided Perozzi's home in February, they found 15 child porn movies and about 1,000 child porn images, prosecutor Marie P. Grisanti said.

Federal prosecutors seized Perozzi's home during the investigation, and he paid $55,000 to the government to retain possession of it, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn.

Perozzi was teaching at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Genesee County before his arrest. Authorities said they never uncovered any evidence of wrongdoing involving his pupils. He stopped teaching after the arrest.

District Judge Richard J. Arcara sentenced Perozzi.

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