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Jamestown man arrested on outstanding warrants

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown man who brought a weed cutter to a downtown hotel early Friday ended up drawing the attention of police, who arrested him on outstanding City Court warrants.

Raymond Finch III, 38, who was attempting to sell it to a patron of the Bullfrog Hotel, is charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal mischief. He is being held in City Jail on $15,000 bail.

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2 men rescued from gorge in separate incidents

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Two men were rescued from the Niagara Gorge on Thursday evening in separate incidents, both suffering leg injuries while hopping on rocks at the river's edge.

Niagara Parks Police, fire and ambulance crews responded shortly after 8 p.m. and found a 17-year-old male in the north end of Niagara Glen Nature Area. The teen had injured himself while hopping from rock to rock with friends near the water's edge.

While on the scene, emergency workers received a second call about another man in his 20s near the south end who was injured in much the same way.

Both men were from Welland, but responders determined that they were not part of the same group. Police did not release the names of victims.

"About the only thing different between the two was the fact that one had injuries to his left ankle and the other injured his right," said acting Sergeant John Gayder of the Parks Police.

Both men were taken to a hospital for treatment.

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Suspect in bank robberies is arrested in Pittsburgh

JAMESTOWN -- The Jamestown man accused of robbing an M&T Bank on the city's southside July 16 has been arrested in Pittsburgh, police said Friday.

Rashawn M. Smith, 29, who is also a suspect in three Pittsburgh bank robberies, was captured at a home in Pittsburgh, Jamestown Police Chief Rex Rater said.

"We know that he hit three different banks after he hit our local M&T Bank, and in fact, it appeared to have escalated to where in the last bank robbery that occurred, he was carrying a gun," Rater said.

Smith is accused of robbing the M&T on Foote Avenue at about 11:15 a.m. July 16, handing a note to a teller and fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.
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Deputies still seeking car of slain gunman

Erie County sheriff's deputies Friday continued to look for the car of Thomas A. Dodge, a Niagara Falls man killed by a deputy late Wednesday after Dodge shot a former girlfriend outside her Grand Island home.

Deputies said they believe Dodge's gray, four-door 1992 Pontiac Bonneville, which could contain weapons, is on Grand Island. They asked anyone who believes they have spotted it to call 911.

Dodge, 30, had two guns and two pipe bombs when he shot Tami Trottnow, 26, hitting her three times, before he was killed outside her Crescent Road house by Erie County Deputy Thomas Meredith.

A few hours after those shootings, Niagara Falls police entered his apartment at Parkway Condominiums and found a large cache of assault rifles and other weapons, thousands of rounds of ammunition and several pipe bombs. They suspect other weapons may be in his vehicle.

Trottnow was treated in Erie County Medical Center after the shooting and released Thursday.

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Amherst resident arrested in death of man after fight

Buffalo homicide detectives have arrested an Amherst man in connection with a June 29 fight on the West Side that led to the death of a Buffalo man two weeks later.

Guy Sawyer, 40, of Potomac Avenue, Buffalo, died in Erie County Medical Center on July 13, after suffering a head injury in the street altercation on Congress Street two weeks earlier.

Homicide detectives charged Joseph F. Chiarmonte, 36, of Chestnut Ridge Road, with criminally negligent homicide after arresting him Thursday night.

Detective Sgt. Daniel F. Rinaldo and Detectives Patrick Judge, Michael Acquino and Michael Mordino investigated the fistfight that occurred around 10 p.m. that night in the 200 block of Congress Street, in the city's Lafayette-Grant area.

Law enforcement sources said the fight started over a dispute about a drug deal that had gone bad.

Chiarmonte was sent to the Erie County Holding Center, following his arraignment in Buffalo City Court on Friday morning, Chief of Detectives Dennis J. Richards said.

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Oregon man gets 6 years in child porn case

A man who tried to cross into Canada with more than 3,000 images of child pornography was sentenced to more than six years in prison.

William Gorham Loomis, 54, of Tualatin, Ore., was caught with CDs and a computer hard drive full of pornographic material when he tried to enter Canada at the Peace Bridge on July 3, 2006. He was convicted of possession of child pornography by U.S. District Judge William Skretny, officials said.

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