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>Jamestown plaza fire is ruled accidental

JAMESTOWN -- Fire investigators have ruled Sunday's fire at a business in the Southside Plaza was accidental.

Deputy Fire Chief Lance Hedlund on Tuesday said that officials determined that combustible material stored too close to a hot water tank triggered the flames at the Jamestown Health and Fitness Center in the Foote Avenue plaza.

Fire damage was confined to the room where the hot water tank was located. Quick work by city fire crews prevented the blaze from spreading.

Fire officials said crews were called to the location in the southern end of the plaza about 1:15 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from roof vents in the building.

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>Police in Canisteo probe pedestrian's death

CANISTEO -- Canisteo village police are continuing their investigation of an accident Monday that killed a Canisteo pedestrian.

Jack E. Kemp, 69, was walking on West Main Street at 8:06 p.m. when he was struck by a car driven by Samuel W. Marts, 83, of Hornell, police said.

Kemp was taken in a Canisteo Fire Department ambulance to St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell, where he was pronounced dead by Steuben County Coroner Michael Powers, police said.

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>Man, 19, pleads guilty to second-degree rape

BELMONT -- A Cuba man pleaded guilty Monday in Allegany County Court to second-degree rape.

District Attorney Terrence M. Parker said Timothy M. Waterman, 19, had sex with a person younger than 15 Nov. 24 in Cuba.

Judge James E. Euken did not schedule a sentencing date.

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>Guilty plea to menacing brings 3 years' probation

BELMONT -- A Belfast man was sentenced Monday in Allegany County Court to three years of probation.

Raymond Sindrewicz, 54, had earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree menacing. Judge James E. Euken imposed the sentence.

Sindrewicz had been charged with first-degree reckless endangerment, the menacing count, fourth-degree criminal weapon possession and prohibited use of a weapon, said District Attorney Terrence M. Parker.

Parker said the plea March 14 satisfied all the charges in an indictment handed up Dec. 27, accusing him of firing a handgun during a fight at the Birdsall Inn Feb. 5, 2006.

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>Guilty plea entered to felony DWI charge

BELMONT -- Gregory N. Palmer, 26, of Alfred Station, pleaded guilty Monday in Allegany County Court to felony driving while intoxicated.

District Attorney Terrence M. Parker said Palmer was charged after being stopped Dec. 8 in Alfred for speeding and found to be drunk. Judge Thomas P. Brown, who accepted the plea, has not scheduled the sentencing.

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>Attempted burglary brings probation term

BELMONT -- Allegany County Judge Thomas P. Brown on Monday sentenced Michael J. Ward, 19, of Cuba, to five years of probation on his plea to third-degree attempted burglary.

Ward was accused of violating an order of protection when he entered a home in Cuba on Jan. 6, 2006.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Cornell said Ward had been charged initially with first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree burglary.

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