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>Dancer accused of filing false sex assault report

SALAMANCA -- A DuBois, Pa., woman who dances at a men's club in the Town of Salamanca has been charged with making a false report after she claimed she was sexually assaulted.

Kenita Miechick, 23, was arrested following an investigation by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies into an incident at the Paradise Club that she reported March 1.

Officers said the woman falsely signed statements she was raped.

Miechick is to answer to the charges of filing a false written statement and falsely reporting an incident Monday in Salamanca Town Court.

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>Salamanca woman arraigned on drug charges

A Salamanca woman was arraigned on drug charges last week, after an investigation by authorities in the Southern Tier.

Margaret M. McGowen, 47, of Summit Street, was arrested on Thursday and charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police officials said.

Police allegedly seized a quantity of money and crack cocaine from her residence, after executing a search warrant. McGowen was arraigned in Salamanca City Court, where she is scheduled to appear again on April 8 to answer the charges.

The arrest was made by the Southern Tier Regional Task Force, the Salamanca Police Department and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, after a lengthy investigation into the sale and distribution of drugs in Salamanca.

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>Driver in collision charged with felony

An Alden woman faces a felony charge after a collision with a truck on Transit Road in Clarence late Wednesday morning, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Suzanne F. Oddo, 55, of Bonnie Lake Drive, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, following too closely and driving while intoxicated after the crash that occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

Sheriff's officials said Oddo struck the back of a utility truck. A motor vehicle check revealed Oddo was driving on a conditional license because of a previous alcohol-related arrest.

She was released to a third party pending an appearance in Clarence Town Court.

Oddo's vehicle was towed from the scene.

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>Endangerment charges filed against Buffalo man, 19

A Buffalo man has been arrested for allegedly assaulting a 23-month-old boy on numerous occasions over the last month.

Christian Sorrell, 19, of Courtland Avenue, was charged on Friday with second-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to arrest reports.

Sorrell is accused of grabbing and squeezing the child on numerous occasions while at a residence on Hastings Avenue, causing bruising to the toddler's stomach and sides, police said.

It was unclear on Saturday what Sorrell's relationship was to the boy.

The abuse allegedly started about four weeks ago, when the child wasn't listening. The boy vomited on a couple of occasions, but the abuse from Sorrell continued, police allege.

On Friday, Sorrell allegedly placed a 20-pound weight on the floor in front of the child's high chair, then walked away leaving the boy unattended, police said.

The boy jumped from the chair and landed on the dumbbell, bruising his stomach.

Sorrell did not notify the boy's mother about the incident, police said.

The boy eventually was taken to Women & Children's Hospital, where doctors discovered bruising and internal bleeding and notified police.

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>Phyllis Avenue house damaged by fire in attic

The Red Cross was called to assist one person routed from a Friday night fire in the city's Kensington-Bailey area, Buffalo fire officials reported today.

Firefighters responded to an 8:26 p.m. alarm at 14 Phyllis Ave., just east of Bailey Avenue, south of Kensington Avenue.

The blaze, which started in the attic, left an estimated $25,000 damage, fire officials said. The cause remains under investigation.

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>Woman searched in court, now faces drug charges

A Wex Avenue woman was charged with felony drug counts after she was found with two plastic envelopes of marijuana and 14 bags of crack cocaine weighing about four grams while being searched Thursday for a court appearance on cable theft charges, Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard reported.

Dorian Smith, 20, who already was incarcerated at the Erie County Holding Center, was charged with three felony charges, including two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance and promoting prison contraband.

Authorities said Smith was seen by Deputy Mary Bettinger shoving what appeared to be a piece of tissue paper in her pants.

A K-9 dog made a positive alert for the narcotics, leading to Smith's subsequent charges.

Smith was arraigned on the new charges Friday in Buffalo City Court.