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>Batavia man held in sale of heroin, gun possession

A Batavia man was arrested on felony drug charges Friday following an investigation by the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force into the sale and possession of heroin in Batavia.

Jarrett James Locicero, 21, of West Main Street, was charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminally using drug paraphernalia, criminal possession of a weapon and possession of marijuana.

Upon executing a search warrant, police said Locicero had numerous packages of heroin in his possession as well as $4,000 in cash, marijuana and a knife. He was arraigned in Batavia City Court, and is being held in Genesee County Jail without bail.

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>Sex offender who failed to register surrenders

LITTLE VALLEY -- A man who failed to register with the state's Sex Offender Registry and was sought on a warrant turned himself in to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, deputies reported.

John H. Eccles Jr., 40, of Cassadaga, was arrested by deputies on a warrant from Olean Town Court.

After being arraigned in Town Court, Eccles posted bail. He was ordered to return to court Thursday.

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>Alleged crack user accused of attacking neighbors

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that a Falls Street man attacked two new residents of his building Friday after they allegedly told him he could no longer sit on the front porch and openly smoke crack cocaine.

The suspect was sitting on the porch of the home just after 4 p.m. Friday when a man, standing nearby, told him that he and his wife were moving in with an infant, and that they did not want the child exposed to the man's illicit smoking.

At that point, Leonard Ingram, 52, reportedly started choking the 33-year-old man, who was holding his 17-month-old daughter.

He is also accused of pushing the man's 20-year-old wife, causing her to stumble and fall. Ingram was charged with choking the man, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of a child.

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>Video game accessories stolen from Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Over $1,100 worth of video game products were stolen in a Friday evening burglary of a Townsend Place home, police reported.

A door was broken to gain entry to the home, with the break-in occurring between 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Items taken included an Xbox 360 video game console, various game accessories, nine game cartridges and a case containing 30 DVD movies.

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>Intruders flee after learning there were babies in home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two armed men forced their way into a LaSalle Avenue home early Friday, but fled empty-handed after a resident told them there were babies in the home, police said.

The men apparently kicked in a rear door while the occupants slept shortly before 4 a.m. One resident told police she was awakened by a man pointing a shotgun at her and yelling. Another resident barricaded herself in a bathroom, telling the intruders there were babies present in the home.

At that point, both intruders fled.

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>Gunman sought in robbery of 3 teens on Pierce Avenue

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man armed with a handgun robbed three teenagers waiting for a ride after leaving a party early Saturday morning, police said.

The teens had just left a party in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue and were standing at a street corner around 1:30 a.m. when the suspect approached them from behind and threatened to shoot them, police said.

One teenager turned over a cell phone, and the other two gave up various pieces of jewelry, police said.

The thief fled east down Pierce Avenue, police said.

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>Pennsylvania man charged with DWI, speeding

ALLEGANY -- A Pennsylvania man observed speeding on Route 417 by police fled the scene and was later taken into custody in a motel parking lot, police said.

Jerome M. Hays, 24, of Kane, was arrested about 1:20 a.m. Friday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies.

Hays was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving without a license and speeding. His bail was set at $980 following arraignment in Allegany Town Court.

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>Wilson Farms on Parkside is held up by gunman

A Parkside Avenue Wilson Farms store was robbed at gunpoint Friday afternoon, according to police reports.

A cashier at the store at 281 Parkside told police that a man passed a note to her stating: "Don't scream. This is a hold-up. I got gun. Don't want to hurt anyone. Give me the 20's, 10's."

The cashier said no weapon was seen or displayed. The suspect fled with a sum of cash. The cashier told police he was a regular customer who visited the store earlier Friday to buy groceries, but was unable to make the purchase because his credit card was declined.

Northwest District police were investigating.