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Olean man, 74, dies in remote area of Pa.

OLEAN -- A 74-year-old Olean man who disappeared Wednesday was found Friday morning in a remote wooded area of Venango County, Pa.

However, Frederic Seamans died while en route to the hospital, Olean City police said.

Foul play is not suspected.

Police said Seamans' pickup was found by Pennsylvania state police about 7:30 a.m. Friday on Dennison Road. About three hours later, Seamans was found in the wooded area.

Rescuers had trouble accessing Seamans because of the weather and remote location where he was found, police said.

He died while attempts were being made to get him to the hospital, according to authorities.

Seamans was last seen in Shippenville, Pa., about 60 miles south-southwest of Warren, Pa., late Wednesday, according to reports.

Seamans may have suffered from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, authorities said.

His wife reported him missing in Olean on Wednesday.

An investigation is continuing.


Teen hurt in crash triggered by deer

BEMUS POINT -- A Bemus Point teenager was treated for minor injuries at Westfield Memorial Hospital late Thursday evening after she swerved to avoid a deer in the road and her vehicle went off the road and turned onto its side, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Meghan Latone, 18, was headed westbound on Route 430 near Long Point State Park in the Town of Ellery when the incident occurred about 9:30 p.m., sheriff's officials said.


Ignition interlock law applied in traffic stop

A Buffalo man pulled over in Cheektowaga on Wednesday night was charged under a recently enacted state law that requires anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated to have an ignition interlock device installed on his car, Cheektowaga police said.

Osvaldo Garcia, 38, was stopped at about 7:30 p.m. on Union Road. A check of his driver's license showed he was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his car, which he did not. The device helps ensure the driver is sober when the vehicle is started.

Garcia was charged with the misdemeanor offenses and was released on cash bail for arraignment at a later date.


Parking lot disturbance leads to arrest of man

An apparent domestic disturbance in the parking lot of a convenience store on Main Street in Clarence on Jan. 18 has resulted in an Amherst man being charged with attempted robbery, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Luigi V. DiGiacomo, 27, was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on various charges, including attempted robbery, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

DiGiacomo initially was arrested after the 10 p.m. incident that night on assault, menacing and possession of a hypodermic instrument along with driving with a suspended license. Authorities then learned he had several stolen items, including two pellet guns and a wig and makeup that were taken from three separate Clarence stores.

Authorities said they learned DiGiacomo apparently was preparing to rob the store where police responded for the domestic incident.


Burglary suspect caught at the scene of break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- A tip to police led to the arrest Friday of a man burglarizing a Grand Avenue home, Niagara Falls police said Friday.

William O'Harrow, 29, of Woodlawn Avenue was arrested at 10 a.m. after police found him hiding in the attic. Police said O'Harrow -- who was charged with burglary, grand larceny and criminal mischief -- was stripping copper piping from the basement.


'Puff of smoke' summons county's hazmat team

LOCKPORT -- A suspicious envelope that emitted a "puff of white smoke" at First Niagara Bank on South Transit Road drew the Niagara County hazmat team to the scene shortly after 2 p.m. Thursday.

The bank employee said she detected the smell of baby powder and continued to remove the contents of the envelope before notifying her supervisor, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. The letter was placed in plastic bag before the arrival of the hazmat crew and Wendelville firefighters. The substance was declared nonhazardous, deputies said.


Guilty plea entered to child porn production

A North Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Friday to producing child pornography images featuring a three-year-old, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

Erik Kopczynski, 32, who was investigated by agents from the Buffalo FBI office, pleaded guilty to a felony count of production of child pornography.

The conviction carries a minimum sentence of 15 years, prosecutor Russell T. Ippolito Jr. said.

The FBI began investigating, and at times, followed Kopczynski last year after receiving a tip that he possessed child porn images on his computer, authorities said

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