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>Police serving warrant find man hiding in attic

JAMESTOWN -- A city resident wanted by police was found hiding under insulation in an attic Tuesday night.

Officers went to a home on Andrews Street at 9:30 p.m. to serve a warrant on Ryan Brooks, 33. When they arrived, they spotted Brooks inside the residence and told him he was under arrest and to answer the door. Instead, they said, Brooks ran upstairs.

A search warrant was obtained, and Brooks was found hiding in the attic. He was taken into custody and was charged with resisting arrest and obstruction. Brooks was wanted on several outstanding warrants as well and was being held in the City Jail.

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>Man accused of pulling knife near toddlers

MACHIAS -- A Machias man was charged Tuesday evening with menacing and endangering the welfare of a child after he allegedly pulled a knife on Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies in front of two toddlers, deputies said.

Deputies said they were attempting to arrest Christopher E. Hollister, 27, of Main Street, on a Pennsylvania warrant at about 6:20 p.m., when Hollister pulled out a knife. Deputies said they drew their weapons and after several orders to drop the knife, he complied and was arrested

Children ages 2 and 3 were in the room and removed to a safe area, police said.

Hollister is in Cattaraugus County Jail pending $10,000 bail.

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>Vacant house engulfed in flames; will be razed

Buffalo firefighters responding to a fire in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area found a vacant house fully engulfed in flames just before midnight Tuesday. Fire investigators are attempting to determine if an arsonist is responsible for the fire, which destroyed the home at 227 Townsend St.

After firefighters responded to an 11:56 p.m. alarm, fire officials called for extra companies because of a problem in getting enough water from area fire hydrants.

City officials called for emergency demolition of the 2 1/2 -story frame house at 227 Townsend, where the damage estimate was $30,000. The fire also left $5,000 exposure damage at 229 Townsend.

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