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Suspect, 38, is jailed in sexual abuse of girl

CONEWANGO VALLEY -- A 38-year-old Brown Road man is accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old girl earlier this year and is being held in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Jason B. Bishop was arrested Monday by sheriff's investigators and charged with two counts of first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree criminal sexual act during January and February.


Cattaraugus deputies arrest four on marijuana charges

FARMERSVILLE -- Four men were arrested over the weekend after Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said they found marijuana inside the vehicle where the men were found.

Charged at 1 a.m. Friday with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana were: Gregory M. Hall, 23; Joseph D. Edmund, 23; Daniel G. Tidd Jr., 20, all of Olean, and an unidentified 18-year old man.

The young men are scheduled to return to Town Court on May 17.


Falls man gets 6 1/2 years on crack cocaine charges

A Niagara Falls man who was one of 24 suspects arrested in a federal crackdown on gang-related distribution of crack cocaine in the Cataract City has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison and fined $5,000.

Percy Hilson, 23, was sentenced Monday in Buffalo by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

Hochul said Hilson pleaded guilty to charges of distribution of crack cocaine and possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute it.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony M. Bruce, who handled the case, said Hilson was arrested April 28, 2008, as part of an investigation in Niagara Falls. During the investigation, Bruce said, 23 other defendants also were arrested. So far, 19 of the defendants have pleaded guilty to various charges. Hilson is the ninth among them to be sentenced.

The case against Hilson was based on a joint investigation by narcotics enforcement officers in the Niagara Falls Police Department, agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and agents to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.


Opening statements set in police officer's trial

LOCKPORT -- Opening statements are on tap today in Niagara County Court for the trial of a Niagara Falls police officer accused of a domestic assault.

Mark L. Feldhousen, 59, is charged with second-degree assault, a felony that carries a maximum seven-year prison sentence. He allegedly rammed his 40-year-old girlfriend into some dressers in her Niagara Falls home Nov. 12, inflicting a concussion and a punctured eardrum.

A jury of eight men and four women was seated Monday in the courtroom of Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said in court before jury selection began that there had been extensive but unsuccessful plea negotiations Thursday involving Murphy and defense attorney Jon L. Wilson.

The trial of the 38-year police veteran, suspended from the force in the wake of his Dec. 14 arrest, may last until Monday, Baehre said.


Woman charged in theft of prescription medications

RANDOLPH -- A 44-year-old woman from Steamburg was charged with illegally entering two homes and stealing prescription medications.

Jolynette Frank, of North Loop Road, was arrested Thursday following an investigation by the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.

Frank was arraigned in Town Court on charges of second-degree burglary, petit larceny and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance involving a theft at a Church Street home March 21, deputies reported.

She also was charged with second-degree criminal trespassing, and accused of entering a home on North Loop Road uninvited, deputies said.


Firefighters help residents flee apartment house blaze

Buffalo firefighters helped several people escape a burning apartment house on the city's West Side early Monday.

Firefighters responded to a 1:09 a.m. alarm at 442 Plymouth Ave., between Massachusetts Avenue and Rhode Island Street.

The fire, which broke out on the second floor of the 2 1/2 -story building, left an estimated $100,000 damage, fire officials reported.


Troopers accuse driver of violating Leandra's Law

State police over the weekend charged an Orchard Park man with violating Leandra's Law after they accused him of driving drunk in Wyoming County with two 11-year-old children in his vehicle.

Troopers said they stopped a vehicle for speeding Saturday on Route 20A in the Town of Sheldon and charged George A. Schichtel, 53, with driving while intoxicated. He also was charged with two counts of violating Leandra's Law for driving under the influence of alcohol with passengers under 16.

A breath test revealed a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, troopers reported. Schichtel was sent to Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

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