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Machias woman charged with child endangerment

MACHIAS -- A North Main Street woman was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on a child endangerment charge after a domestic incident, authorities said.

Laurie A. Cook was taken into custody on charges of second-degree harassment and endangering the welfare of a child June 7.


Salamanca man facing prison for 3 burglaries

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Salamanca man was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to three concurrent terms of two to six years in prison for his guilty plea to three local burglaries he committed with his sister.

Kyle E. Cooper, 18, of Broad Street, being held in the county jail, was denied youthful offender status by Judge Larry M. Himelein who handed down the sentence.

Cooper pleaded guilty to three counts of third-degree burglary between Nov. 8 and 15 in the Town of Great Valley and City of Salamanca.

Cooper was arrested and charged with 35 counts of burglary, criminal mischief and grand larceny. Twenty-nine charges related to break-ins in Great Valley, including 13 condos at Snow Pine Village on Oct. 15 and Eddy's Restaurant on Nov. 15 when $150 was taken.

Also charged in the burglaries is Cooper's sister, Alexa Knoxsah, 21, now in Bedford Hills Correctional Facility facing a sentence of two to six years for a burglary in July at a Salamanca smoke shop when $8,000 in merchandise was stolen. Knoxsah pleaded guilty June 6 in county court to two counts of burglary in Great Valley and Salamanca, committed with her brother, and is to be sentenced Sept. 19.


Machias woman accused of welfare fraud

OLEAN -- A Machias woman was arrested on a welfare fraud charge after she neglected to report her boyfriend's job wages to the Cattaraugus County Social Services Department where she was receiving benefits, authorities said.

Olivia D. Schink, 22, of Maple Avenue was taken into custody by sheriff's deputies and charged with fifth-degree welfare fraud and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Schink is to answer July 12 in Olean City Court.


Elmwood Ave. bank branch evacuated during CO scare

At least two workers became ill apparently from carbon monoxide poisoning, leading authorities to evacuate a Bank of America branch on Elmwood Avenue late Tuesday morning, Buffalo fire officials said.

Firefighters were called to the bank branch at 495 Elmwood Ave. near West Utica Street at 10:31 a.m. They detected carbon monoxide at four times the level considered safe. Medical teams were on the scene, but no one was taken to a hospital.

Fire Commissioner Garnell W. Whitfield Jr. said the odorless, colorless gas may have entered the bank as car exhaust through a drain pipe by the bank's drive-in window and ATM machine, further infiltrating the air-conditioning system.

The branch was closed while an investigation continued.


Elma man is accused of running drug business

A man accused of operating a drug business out of his home in Elma was arrested by officers from several agencies Monday night.

Jarrett Southard, 24, of Main Street, is accused of possessing and selling drugs including ecstasy, ketamine and marijuana, police said. He also grew hallucinogenic mushrooms at his home, police added. He faces five drug charges.

Erie County sheriff's deputies, West Seneca and Lackawanna police conducted a raid on his home about 10 p.m., Erie County Senior Detective Allen Rozanski said.


Motorcyclist injured in collision with car

A West Seneca man was treated in Erie County Medical Center following a collision between his motorcycle and a car Monday night in West Seneca, authorities said.

Nikolai Sansone, 20, was heading west on Center Road at about 9:45 p.m., when an eastbound car driven by Christina Judson, 30, of Buffalo, tried to turn left into a plaza, West Seneca police said. Judson told officers that she didn't see the motorcycle until it was too late, police said.

The motorcycle collided with the left front end of the car, Lt. David Szmania said. Sansone was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC and released later.

Judson has been charged with failure to yield the right of way. Officers Daniel Szymanski and James Gibbons investigated.


Fire blamed on arson causes $25,000 damage

An arson caused $25,000 damage to a rear cottage in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area and left Buffalo firefighters battling to minimize the spread of the fire to the main house early Tuesday morning.

Firefighters responded to a 1:17 a.m. alarm at the vacant two-story cottage at 383 Sherman St., north of Broadway, between Jefferson and Fillmore avenues. They managed to keep the flames from engulfing the main house, which had exposure damage.

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