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Bodies of 2 men found near Kinzua Reservoir

WARREN, Pa. -- The bodies of two Warren men were found near their vehicle Thursday afternoon not far from the Kinzua Reservoir in the Allegheny National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service reports.

After a Forest Service law officer spotted the vehicle, which was sought in a missing-person case, on Forest Road 262, police and volunteer firefighters searched the area and discovered the bodies of Terry Sumrow, 28, and Troy Johnson, 29.

The cause of their deaths was not immediately determined, but authorities said that foul play is not suspected. The two were last seen March 1 in Sumrow's pickup in Warren.

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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.

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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.

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Burgard student accused of threats to gym teacher

A 17-year-old Burgard High School student was charged with first-degree harassment Thursday after an incident with a physical education teacher at the school, Buffalo police said.

The student threatened the teacher in the school cafeteria, swore at him then followed him around the school, police said.

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Cocaine, hashish valued at $245,000 seized in raid

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Five pounds of cocaine and 384 grams of hashish were seized from a Niagara Falls, Ont., house during a drug raid Wednesday that culminated a yearlong investigation, Niagara Regional Police said.

Arrested was Louie Maslek, 37, of Springblossom Drive, Niagara Falls, Ont. Maslek was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking as well as possession of proceeds of crime and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and held in custody pending a bail hearing.

The street value of the drugs seized from Maslek's house was estimated to be $245,000.

Also seized was $79,000 cash, two Taser weapons and a variety of firearms ammunition, police said.

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2 charged in theft of purse from woman using walker

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two Niagara Falls men are accused of robbing a woman of her purse at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as she sat on a bench, her walker in front of her, police said.

Christopher J. Myke Sr., 26, Blake Lay, 43, both of Willow Avenue addresses, were charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny and petit larceny.

Police said the victim had been walking in the 300 block of Third Street and had the purse strapped to her walker.

Police said the purse contained $50 and an asthma inhaler.

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Buffalo woman accused of having sex with boy

LOCKPORT -- A former Niagara Falls woman was arraigned Thursday in State Supreme Court on charges of having sex with a boy under age 15.

Cheryl Mayes, 32, of Crowley Avenue, Buffalo, pleaded not guilty to second-degree rape and unlawfully dealing with a child.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said Mayes allegedly gave the boy alcohol before having sex with him Oct. 1 in Niagara Falls. Mayes was living on 82nd Street at the time.

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Menacing charge lodged in threat to woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo woman was threatened by a man with a handgun in the 800 block of Chilton Avenue just before 8 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Police said the suspect, Samuel Deluca, 51, of Main Street, was charged with menacing.

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