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Driver lands in hot water after chase ends in lake

ELLERY -- Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies charged a Sinclairville man after he led authorities on a chase through the Town of Ellery -- and into Chautauqua Lake.

Kenneth J. Penhollow, 24, of Main Street in Sinclairville, was arrested on a number of charges, including three counts of felony reckless endangerment, felony criminal mischief and reckless driving.

A patrol unit tried to stop Penhollow's vehicle for traffic violations at 9:12 p.m. Friday on Route 430, but the vehicle took off, sheriff's officials said. The vehicle drove down Bell Avenue, a dead-end road, where it continued onto a front lawn and around a house, nearly striking three people huddled around a backyard campfire, authorities said.

The vehicle came to a stop on the shoreline of Chautauqua Lake, where Penhollow jumped out of the car and into the water.

An air, water and ground search ensued, and an exhausted Penhollow was eventually located in the middle of the lake swimming toward the opposite shoreline, sheriff's officials said.

Penhollow was arraigned in Ellery Court and was being held in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.

Joseph A. Snyder, 24, of Willow Avenue in Jamestown, a passenger in Penhollow's vehicle, was charged with obstructing government administration because he allegedly would not provide information requested by deputies.

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Gunman robs woman as she sits in her car

A woman was robbed early Saturday while sitting in her car at Humboldt Parkway and Northland Avenue.

The woman told Buffalo police she was seated in her car just before 4 a.m. Saturday, when a man wearing a black hoodie and dark pants approached the vehicle and pointed a gun at her.

The woman turned over her purse, which contained $200, according to police reports.

The gunman then jumped into a late model green Buick and fled.

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