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Gas station employees subdue would-be thief

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- Two employees of a Gorham Road gas station subdued a would-be robber Thursday evening until police arrived to arrest him, Niagara Regional Police said.

Steven Morningstar, 36, of Fort Erie, who was being held on robbery charges, is accused of entering the gas station kiosk of John's Shell, 260 Gorham, at about 6 p.m. and demanding money of an employee, saying that he had a gun.

Two employees were able to subdue him until police arrived, said police, who added that Morningstar did not have a gun.

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Brother, sister charged after Jamestown crash

JAMESTOWN -- A brother and sister are facing charges following a crash early Friday along East Second Street.

Jamestown police said Josh Hall, 25, of Jamestown, was driving when he got into an argument with his sister, Emily Hall, 20, of Sinclairville, who jerked the steering wheel out of her brother's hands, causing the vehicle to hit a a parked car.

Josh Hall was charged with driving while intoxicated, police said. His sister was charged with reckless endangerment and interfering with the driver's control of the vehicle.

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In Chautauqua, thefts of copper increasing

MAYVILLE -- Thefts of copper are on the rise also in Chautauqua County, sheriff's officials said Friday.

Deputies on Friday issued a warning to building suppliers and contractors that thieves are targeting large quantities of electrical wiring and plumbing supplies, both containing copper. The copper is then sold to salvage yards.

Anyone that has been a victim of copper theft is asked to contact sheriff's officials at 753-4498. All calls will be confidential, police said.

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Reward in 2005 killing increased to $100,000

BATAVIA -- What is believed to be the largest reward ever offered to solve a crime in Genesee County is the $100,000 for the arrest and conviction of the killer in November 2005 of William M. Fickel, 46.

Fickel's widow, Lisa, has increased the reward from $30,000, an amount raised by family, friends and Time Warner, where Fickel was employed at the time he was gunned down outside his home in Oakfield.

Genesee County sheriff's Chief Deputy Jerome E. Brewster is heading the investigation and hopes that the large reward may develop new leads.

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Youth accused of posting terrorist threat online

BATAVIA -- A threatening statement posted on a MySpace bulletin board prompted Genesee County sheriff's deputies to charge a 16-year-old Oakfield youth with one count of making a terrorist threat.

Sheriff's officials accused Michael Scroger, of Garibaldi Avenue, of posting the threat, which included a reference to the recent tragedy at Virginia Tech University.

Deputies said Scroger had no weapons and no immediate access to firearms when he was arrested at his Oakfield home Monday night. At his arraignment, he was released under the supervision of the Genesee Justice Pretrial Services.

The arrest came after authorities received information about the threat from Oakfield Alabama Central School officials, deputies said.

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