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Three at detention facility linked to steroid trafficking

Three employees of the Buffalo Federal Detention Facility in Batavia were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on steroid-trafficking charges.

Richard Lazzaro, 39, and Michael Trautmann, 48, both of Cheektowaga, and Richard Eldridge, 35, of West Seneca, were charged with distributing anabolic steroids. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $500,000 fine or both.

Eldridge is an immigration enforcement agent with the Department of Homeland Security. Both Trautmann and Lazzaro were detention officers working as federal contract employees.


Two suspects charged as Amherst purse thieves

Two men have been arrested in connection with a purse-snatching in Amherst earlier this month, police announced Thursday.

Stephen S. Dummitt, 21, of Amherst, and Jeffrey K. Drew, 20, of Grand Island, were charged with felony counts of robbery and grand larceny. Following arraignment before Town Justice Mark Farrell, they were released pending another court appearance March 31.

The robbery occurred the evening of March 7, as two women were out for a walk, according to police. They were at the intersection of Patrice Terrace and Brian Avenue when they were approached from behind by someone who pulled a purse from the arm of one of the women.

The victim fell to the ground, and the robber ran a short distance to a waiting car, which sped south on Teakwood Terrace. No injuries were reported.


Salamanca man sentenced in smoke shop burglary

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man was sentenced to probation and restitution this week in Cattaraugus County Court for his role in a burglary last summer when more than $8,000 in items were stolen.

James D. Porter, 20, was sentenced to five years of probation by Judge Larry M. Himelein for his guilty plea to third-degree attempted burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny. The crime occurred July 11 at the Across the River Smoke Shop on Main Street in the City of Salamanca.

At the time, city police said the store was cleaned out of cigarettes and cash.


Olean man gets prison in holdup bid at Uni-Mart

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man who attempted to rob a convenience store was sentenced this week in Cattaraugus County Court to serve one to three years in prison.

Teto T. Teasley, 25, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein to prison and restitution for his guilty plea to third-degree attempted robbery Nov. 7, 2009, at a Uni-Mart Store in the City of Olean.

Police said Teasley demanded $200 in cash and then reached into the cash drawer and stole $80.


Prison cell awaits Eden man in burglary

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Eden man who admitted he committed a burglary in the Town of Ashford last summer was sentenced this week in Cattaraugus County Court to one to three years in prison.

Robert Odel, 26, was sentenced for his guilty pleas to third-degree burglary June 23-24 and petit larceny Sept. 14.


Ex-Falls woman who fled prosecution gets jail

LOCKPORT -- A former Niagara Falls woman who moved to South Carolina while two drunken-driving cases were pending against her was sentenced to a year in Niagara County Jail on Thursday by County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Vicki L. Gibby, 47, had pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor DWI count to settle the cases, both of which date from 2009. She was extradited from South Carolina in October.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Gibby already has served 143 days in jail on the charges. He said Gibby didn't want to be placed on probation because she wanted to do her time and get back to South Carolina as soon as possible.


Cattaraugus man convicted of DWI with child in car

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Cattaraugus man was convicted Thursday on a felony count of driving while intoxicated, with a child passenger last May in New Albion.

Edward A. Johnston, 41, was found guilty on all counts of an indictment following a three-day trial in Cattaraugus County Court. He also was found guilty of two counts of misdemeanor DWI and failure to keep right.

Johnston posted a 0.15 percent blood-alcohol level. He drove with a child younger than 15 last May 21. Sentencing is May 23.