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State Park employee found dead in car crash

SALAMANCA -- An Allegany State Park employee was found dead about 11:30 a.m. Friday when a New York State Police trooper spotted his damaged car on Route 2, park police said.

Authorities said Ryan T. Brady, 31, of Salamanca, a water treatment operator, had been killed in the car crash. Park police and state troopers are investigating.

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Sex contact with child leads to man's arrest

PORTVILLE -- A 33-year-old Portville man was arrested Friday morning on charges that he had sexual contact with a 3-year-old, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's officials said Saturday.

Ronald A. Klarowski was charged with first-degree sexual conduct against a child and was arraigned in the Village of Portville Courthouse. He was being held in the county jail on $3,000 bail.

Klarowski is accused of abusing the child, whose name and relationship to Klarowski were being withheld, on several occasions during 2005 in Portville.

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Seizure of crack largest ever in Salamanca

SALAMANCA -- A raid in the Hillview Homes neighborhood of Salamanca early Thursday afternoon resulted in the largest seizure of crack cocaine in the city, Salamanca police reported.

Police and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task force raided 316 Hillview Homes at about 1:45 p.m. and found 5 ounces of crack cocaine, another half ounce packaged for sale, a quantity of unidentified pills, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and about $800 in cash, according to Salamanca Police Chief Scott A. Cicirello.

Arrested were Raheim Howell, 33, of North Oak Street, Buffalo; Jennifer L. Demarte, 35, of the Hillview Homes address; Mark L. Burdick, 37, of Salamanca; and Donald J. Pfaffenbach, 25, of Collins Center.

All face felony drug charges. Howell and Demarte face A-1 felony drug charges that can carry up to life in prison.

The drugs seized had an estimated street value of more than $15,000.

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Troopers rescue mom, son in domestic disturbance

DUNKIRK -- Two state troopers rescued a Dunkirk woman and her 7-year-old son early Saturday after they discovered the woman's husband, who was wanted on a warrant, had tried to gas his family, authorities said.

On Friday, Ramon Acevedo, 31, allegedly slapped and threatened to harm his wife, Madeline Acevedo, 30, then stormed off before she was able to call the police for help. Troopers obtained an arrest warrant for the husband from the Town of Dunkirk Court and began searching for him, believing he would return home to harm his wife again.

Troopers Robert Banach and Keith Mulawka, both stationed at State Police Barracks in Fredonia, stopped by the Acevedo home several times throughout the night. At 4 a.m., the troopers saw the husband's van parked in the back of the home.

Banach and Mulawka knocked on the front door several times but got no answer. They then entered the house and noticed the smell of natural gas, police said. When they realized the stove had been turned on and all vents plugged with clothing, they opened windows and doors to ventilate the house. No one had been affected by the gas, police said.

Ramon Acevedo was charged with reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, menacing and harassment. He was arraigned and was being held without bail in Chautauqua County Jail.

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