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>Teens accused of thefts at trucking company

JAMESTOWN -- Jamestown police said two teenagers are responsible for smashing truck windows at the Naco Trucking Co., 850 Allen St., at about 3:15 a.m. Tuesday.

One of the teens, whose names were not released, was charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief. The other was released to a parent.

Police said some of the items stolen from the ransacked trucks had been recovered.

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>Numerous charges face ATV driver after chase

BROCTON -- A Brocton man was charged with reckless operation of an ATV, failure to comply with police and 14 other vehicle and traffic infractions late Monday when he led police on a chase with a loaded shotgun, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Howard J. Sears, 32, allegedly armed himself with the loaded shotgun and took off in an ATV about 11:20 p.m. after deputies were at his house investigating a complaint. Police said Sears was upset and slightly intoxicated.

Sheriff's officials and Westfield police made numerous attempts to stop Sears on the ATV, but he eventually entered Brocton on Highland Avenue, traveling downtown at a high rate of speed, police said.

Police said Sears drove on sidewalks in the center of Brocton before sheriff's deputies cornered him in a Lake Avenue front yard. Authorities seized the shotgun and ammunition. Sears dropped them while fleeing police, deputies said.

Sears was sent to Chautauqua County Jail after not posting $1,000 bail, authorities said.

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>Bradford man admits relations with minor

A Bradford, Pa., man faces up to 30 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine following his admission Tuesday to crossing state lines to have sexual relations with a 14-year-old Cattaraugus County girl, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn reported.

Timothy D. Peterson, 46, admitted to communicating with the girl online and then meeting her in February before school, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

After picking the child up at a pre-arranged meeting place, Peterson had sexual contact with her in his car before he dropped her off at school, authorities said.

Peterson is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 3 before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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