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>Rifle incident ends with two arrests

JAMESTOWN -- Two brothers were arrested after they allegedly pointed a rifle at a man.

Jesus Figueroa, 23, and Alexis Figueroa, 21, both were charged with menacing, while Alexis Figueroa was further charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

Both were being held in the city jail, awaiting arraignment. Jamestown police were called to the East Second Street Plaza a little before 10 p.m. Tuesday, when an employee at one of the stores told police that someone had driven by and pointed a rifle at him.

Officers located the suspects on Franklin Street a short time later and recovered a fully loaded semiautomatic assault rifle.

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>Angelica couple charged with income tax evasion

An Angelica couple face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if they are convicted of defrauding the government and evading income taxes, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn said.

Patricia O'Connor, 56, and her husband, Richard R. Drachenberg, 55, were both arraigned Thursday following their indictment by a federal grand jury in Buffalo.

The indictment charges the couple with devising a scheme to conceal income earned by O'Connor to avoid paying income taxes, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert C. Moscati.

O'Connor reportedly earned more than $327,000 between 2000 and 2004, but no tax returns were filed in that time, authorities said.

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>Domestic fight ends in injuries, man's arrest

JAMESTOWN -- A city man is facing both a long recovery and multiple charges following a domestic incident overnight.

Donald Dean Sr., 32, went to his ex-wife's house on McKinley Avenue and started an argument, police said. The argument turned physical, and Dean punched his ex-wife in the face and body, they said.

The couples three young children were present, and their 8-year-old son tried to intervene. Dean allegedly punched the child in the face.

When police arrived, they said Dean jumped out a second story window and injured both of his legs. He also suffered a severe cut, which required surgery.

Dean was taken into custody, and has been charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, assault, criminal mischief and harassment for allegedly hitting his son.

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>Grand jury charges include felony DWI

BATH -- A Steuben County grand jury Wednesday charged a North Tonawanda man with felony driving while intoxicated and other counts.

District Attorney John C. Tunney said the grand jury charged Sean L. Murray, 35, of 5324 Oakwood Drive, with felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and nine counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, all felonies.

Tunney said Murray is accused of being drunk at the wheel on Interstate 390 in the Town of Wayland, knowing his license had been suspended. He said Murray endangered nine other people and showed "a depraved indifference to human life."

Murray's indictment was handed up to Steuben County Judge Peter C. Bradstreet.

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>Allegany grand jury indicts two people

BELMONT -- The Allegany County grand jury handed up indictments against two people Wednesday.

The grand jury charged Christopher M. Amrhein, 33, of Cuba, with first- and second-degree sexual abuse in one indictment. Assistant District Attorney Andrew Cornell said he's accused of subjecting two people, one younger than 14, to sexual contact last year in Cuba.

The second indictment charged Amrhein with third-degree criminal weapon possession and three counts of illegal possession of a vehicle identification number. Cornell said he is accused of having a martial-arts star and three vehicle identification plates.

Lisa M. Turner-Tesmer, 39, of Friendship, was charged with first-degree falsifying business records and petit larceny.

Cornell said she is accused of fudging business records at the Uni-Mart store in Cuba and stealing $700.

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>Hit-run vehicle kills woman on overpass

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A 23-year-old woman was killed early Thursday when a hit-and-run vehicle knocked her off an overpass onto a road about 40 feet below, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The St. Catharines resident, whose name was withheld, was on her way to her job in the tourist industry in Niagara Falls at about 7:15 a.m. when she was hit on Niagara Street at the Queen Elizabeth Way overpass.

Police said a northbound vehicle on Niagara jumped a curb onto the sidewalk, striking the woman and sending her over the guardrail. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle didn't stop and sped north on Niagara, police said.

Anyone with information should call police at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5500.

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