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>Carrollton fire claims life of unidentified person

CARROLLTON -- One person died shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday in a fire at a residence at 2451 Ten Mile Road, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

The victim's name was not released pending positive identification and notification of family members. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the county's Fire Investigation Team.


>Three Machias men held in violent restaurant holdup

YORKSHIRE -- Three Machias men have been arrested in the violent armed robbery Thursday night at a residential business on Townline Road, state police said.

Paul A. Andolina, 24, Corey D. Roper, 22, and Christopher S. Roper, 22, were each charged with first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

About 9:20 p.m., the three entered The Shop restaurant, armed with a shotgun, and demanded money from the owners -- one who suffered a lacerated forehead, police said. The three, who were arrested Friday, made off with hundreds of dollars in cash, police said.

They were arraigned by Machias Town Justice Francis L. Lounsbury and were being held in Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail each. The suspects are scheduled to appear in Town of Yorkshire Court at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.


>Routine traffic stop accelerates to drug case

An East Delavan Avenue man faces several charges -- including possession of crack cocaine and marijuana -- after state police pulled him over for speeding about 5:45 p.m. Friday.

A state trooper tried to stop Dallas E. Ponzo Jr., 23, as he was speeding on Walden Avenue about 5:45 p.m., but he refused to pull over, officials said. He was stopped in the 100 block of St. Louis Street.

Police found two bags of crack cocaine -- one weighing 2.4 grams and the other, 1.8 grams, troopers said. Marijuana residue also was discovered, police said.

Ponzo was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, unlawful possession of marijuana, failure to obey police, speeding, driving on a suspended license and driving on unsafe tires.


>$3,000 order of food too tempting to be true

CAMBRIA -- Police said a woman ordering $3,000 worth of food from a Campbell Boulevard restaurant about noon Friday tried to use two stolen credit cards.

The woman placed an order for 255 grilled chicken sandwiches with the Hearth & Vine Restaurant. However, restaurant employees became suspicious and contacted the credit card companies. An investigation is under way.


>Perrysburg man accused of probation violation

PERRYSBURG -- A man wanted on a Cattaraugus County Court warrant for probation violation was picked up at his home on Main Street on Wednesday night, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

Darren K. Stevens, 40, was taken into custody and is in the county jail, where he is being held for arraignment in County Court, deputies said.


>Man awaits arraignment after arrest Thursday

LITTLE VALLEY -- A North Tonawanda man who failed to comply with the terms of a probation sentence, according to Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies, was arrested Thursday evening.

Walter M. Edwards, 26, of Vandervoort Street, was taken into custody and being held in the county jail pending arraignment in County Court, deputies said.


>Napoli man arrested on several charges

NAPOLI -- Responding to a call about an unwanted person at a home, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said they arrested Jonathan D. Darcy, 26, of Route 242.

Darcy faces charges of second-degree criminal contempt for violating an order of protection. Offices also learned Darcy was wanted for a harassment charge in Town Court and on a Family Court warrant.

Following arraignment in Randolph Town Court, Darcy was taken to the county jail in lieu of $1,500 bail.


>Persia arrest warrant targets New Albion man

NEW ALBION -- Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies arrested Dana F. Allen, 57, at his home Thursday on a Town of Persia Court warrant charging probation violation, deputies said.

Allen was released following arraignment.


>Domestic attack lands Otto woman in hot water

OTTO -- An Otto Road woman was arrested at her home by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies Wednesday following a domestic incident in which another person was struck in the face.

Courtney N. Kulczyk, 24, was charged with third-degree assault. Following arraignment in Otto Town Court, she was released to return to court Tuesday.