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>Oakfield man charged in drowning of pet cat

OAKFIELD -- An Oakfield man is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals for drowning a family member's cat, Genesee County sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Adam M. Kreutz, 22, of Fisher Road, was arraigned on that charge as well as a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief in Oakfield Town Court. He is in jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The cat was killed at about 4:40 a.m. Monday at a South Main Street address.

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>Woman gets year in jail for having sex with boy, 14

LOCKPORT -- A former Lockport woman was sentenced Tuesday to a year in Niagara County Jail for having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Debra M. Wise, 31, now of Wilson, had pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, also known as statutory rape, and endangering the welfare of a child.

She was caught with the boy on the night of June 4 in a wooded area off West Genesee Street in Lockport by a police officer who heard noises while questioning another teenager who appeared drunk.

"It seems to me that if the genders were reversed," County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said, "there's no question there would be a jail sentence, and I think a jail sentence is deserved here."

Wise also will have to register as a sex offender; the level of classification will be determined shortly before she is relased from jail.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict argued for a 10-year probation term, noting that Wise had no prior criminal record and had a drinking problem. Benedict said Wise tried to check herself into a rehabilitation clinic but was barred because of lack of insurance.

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>Barn fire tied to heat lamp proves fatal to 12 pigs

RIPLEY -- A barn fire killed 12 pigs Monday after a heat lamp started hay on fire, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

The heat lamp, being used to keep baby pigs warm, came in contact with hay in the Northeast Sherman Road barn and caused the barn to catch on fire at 7:30 p.m.

Fire officials said the barn was destroyed, but they did not have an estimate of the damage.

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>Woman, 30, being held for probation violation

LITTLE VALLEY -- Elaine Monnin, 30, of Blanchard Road, was held in the Cattaraugus County Jail after Erie County sheriff's deputies arrested her on a probation violation warrant charging third-degree identity theft. She is to appear in court at a later date.

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>Cruelty charge lodged in fatal shooting of dog

HINSDALE -- A Route 16 man charged with shooting a dog caught in a hunting trap has been charged with aggravated cruelty to animals by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies.

Joseph P. Washington, 40, was taken into custody Sunday at his home by officers armed with a warrant accusing him of killing his neighbor's dog with a .22-caliber pistol Friday. Following arraignment in Hinsdale Town Court, Washington was taken to the county jail, with bail set at $300.

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>Police on the lookout for Corfu bank robber

CORFU -- Authorities are on the lookout for a robber who escaped with cash after holding up the M&T Bank branch at 1 E. Main St. just after 2 p.m. Monday, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.

The bandit was described as a white man in his late 20s or early 30s, 5-foot-10 with an average build, wearing blue jeans, a gray hooded sweat shirt and a dark blue ski mask.

Police said the robber passed a note to a teller demanding money, but no weapon was displayed. The holdup led to a lockdown at the nearby Pembroke Central School District.

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>Hockey fans charged in HSBC disruptions

Two Canadian hockey fans were arrested Monday night in HSBC Arena at the World Junior Hockey Championship.

Chris Lochhead, 37, of Burlington, Ont., was charged with third-degree assault and harassment after punching another man in the stands, Buffalo Police Officer Peter Nigrelli said. The attack occurred at about 9:15 p.m. during the Canada-U.S. match.

A half-hour before, Peter Kamstra, 25, of Schomberg, Ont., was charged with harassment and trespass.

After being ejected, he refused to leave the arena grounds, Nigrelli said.

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>Car slams into house; driver charged with DWI

An Eden woman was charged with driving while intoxicated Tuesday morning after she failed to negotiate a curve on Route 62 in North Collins and her car slammed into a house.

Morgan Manfreda, 22, of Sandrock Road, was northbound at about 2:20 a.m. when her vehicle left the road, drove over a few lawns, sideswiped a tree, broke through a couple of concrete barriers on the edge of a driveway and then hit a house on the corner of Wilcox Road.

No one in the house was injured.

Manfreda was listed in stable condition in Erie County Medical Center.

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