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Speeder on Thruway faces Leandra's Law DWI charge

JUNIUS PONDS -- A Corfu woman was charged Sunday with felony DWI under Leandra's Law for allegedly driving drunk with a 9-year-old child in her vehicle, state police on the Thruway reported.

Yolanda M. Skeet, 32, of Allegheny Road, was stopped for speeding on the Thruway east of Rochester and found to have allegedly been under the influence of alcohol. She was later found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent.

Skeet was arraigned and taken to Ontario County Jail in lieu of bail pending an appearance Thursday in Victor Town Court.


Two vehicles stuck in mud lead to trespassing charges

PERSIA -- Two people stuck in the mud at Gernatt Gravel Pit on Point Peter Road on Sunday called for help and were later arrested on trespassing charges.

Angelina Ovitt, 42, and Nathanial Dubois, 35, both of Gowanda, were each charged by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies with third-degree criminal trespassing after their vehicles became stuck in mud. Dubois was also charged with driving without a license.

Following arraignment in Persia Town Court, the two were taken to the county jail in lieu of $500 bail.


3 from Ripley questioned on meth operation

ERIE, Pa. -- Suspected methamphetamine manufacturing in northwestern Pennsylvania has authorities questioning three Ripley residents.

Agents from the state, as well as authorities from the Pennsylvania State Police and police from Millcreek Township, were investigating an incident involving suspected methamphetamine in Summit Township, the Erie Times-News reported Monday.

Electronic media outlets in Erie reported that two women and a man were detained by police after purchasing pseudoephedrine from a pharmacy as a precursor to methamphetamine manufacture. Charges were pending the outcome of the investigation.


Traffic violation results in DWI charge

JAMESTOWN -- A Randolph man faces a felony DWI charge after he was stopped for a traffic violation on St. Patrick's Day, state police reported Monday.

Bradley Mcintyre, 38, was stopped on North Main Street Extension and allegedly later found to have a 0.12 percent blood-alcohol level.

Mcintyre, who has a prior DWI conviction in the last decade, was charged with a felony, troopers said. He was issued tickets to appear in Jamestown City Court at a later date and released.


Three armed men make big haul at store

Three young men, each armed with a handgun, stole thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise late Sunday from Big Basha Central, a well-known East Side store, Buffalo police said.

The robbers entered the store on the 800 block of Jefferson Avenue at about 8:45 p.m. and took $1,200 from the cash register, $1,400 worth of jackets and approximately 10 pairs of size 10 sneakers valued at $1,000, according to Central District police.

An investigation into the robbery is continuing.


Man who ignored order of protection jailed

David J. Makowski, the younger brother of a former judge, was ordered Monday to spend up to another year in jail for ignoring a court order of protection barring him from his widowed mother's Buffalo home.

Two years ago, the unemployed Makowski, 45, was sentenced to a year in local jail on an aggravated contempt charge for assaulting his mother, Dolores Makowski, now 76. On Nov. 1 following a nonjury trial, Erie County Judge Thomas P. Franczyk found Makowski guilty of misdemeanor criminal contempt for violating that order, which was granted after a 2009 physical incident.

The judge Monday also chided Makowski, who has no permanent address and has failed court-ordered mental health and alcoholism counseling, for aimlessly living his life.

Prosecutors Rachel L. Newton and Peter J. Marche said Makowski still faces grand jury action for a third complaint linked to dealings with his mother. He is the younger brother of former State Supreme Court Justice Joseph G. Makowski, who was forced to resign in 2009 for submitting a false affidavit to help a lawyer friend in a drunken driving case.


Small electrical fire shuts down Falls school

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city middle school was evacuated Monday after a small electrical fire adjacent to the building just before 8 a.m.

The 500 students at Gaskill Prep, 910 Hyde Park Blvd., were dismissed for the day just after 10 a.m., after they were sent to nearby Hyde Park Elementary and 24th Street School when a small transformer fire was reported in an alley adjacent to the building.

Deputy School Superintendent Mark Laurrie said the district's auto-dialer system informed parents of the evacuation.

No injuries were reported and classes were expected to to resume today, Laurrie said.

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