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$30,000 embezzlement leads to three charges

WARSAW -- A Leicester woman is facing three charges of embezzling more than $30,000 from her employer over a 14-month period, police said.

Jacqueline Drain, 47, of Oak Manor, was arraigned Monday in Village of Warsaw Court on charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud and falsifying business records -- all felonies.

Drain had been employed at an unidentified business in Warsaw.

She has been released to the custody of the pretrial release program.

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Buffalo man charged in crack cocaine sale

ALLEGANY -- A Buffalo man has been charged as a result of an investigation into the sale of crack cocaine in the Town of Allegany, Olean police said.

Anthony Drayton Jr., 34, of Broadway, was charged in federal court with several felonies, including possession with intent to distribute and distribution of cocaine base.

The arrest followed an undercover operation during which Drayton allegedly sold crack cocaine to non-uniformed officers multiple times in the parking lot of an Allegany business, police said.

Drayton has previously been arrested on drug-related offenses, according to police.

A Buffalo woman, Mecca S. Steward, 20 of Marine Drive, was arrested along with Drayton on marijuana possession charges.

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Girl hit, dragged by car hospitalized in Rochester

BATAVIA -- A 13-year-old girl is in stable condition after being hit by a car and dragged a short distance in Batavia.

A vehicle driven by Erin George, 23, was exiting the driveway of a Denny's Restaurant on Main Street at 12:51 Tuesday when she hit the bicyclist, Emily Sherman, police said.

Emily was extricated from underneath the vehicle and airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Batavia police said George saw one bicyclist approaching the driveway but not Emily, who was struck as a result.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Chaffee fugitive awaits trip to North Carolina

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Chaffee man was being held in Cattaraugus County Jail following his arrest as a fugitive of justice from North Carolina.

Matthew J. Murcin, 37, of Allen Road, was taken into custody Thursday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on a warrant charging him with violating his probation.

Murcin was arraigned in Little Valley Town Court before being taken to jail to await extradition.

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Cause of fatal fire still under investigation

The fire that killed a 47-year-old Buffalo man early Wednesday remains under investigation.

Calvin Lamont Richardson was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center shortly after firefighters pulled him from his burning apartment at 144 Northland Ave., Buffalo fire officials said.

The fire broke out at 12:28 a.m. on the second floor of a rear garage apartment, officials said.

A firefighter from Ladder 6 pulled Richardson from the 2 1/2 -story building. It took 46 minutes for firefighters to get the blaze under control. Damage was estimated at $20,000 to the building and $5,000 to contents, officials said.

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Buffalo man arrested on child support warrant

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Buffalo man has been arrested on a warrant from Cattaraugus County Family Court for failure to pay child support.

Cleveland A.C. Howell III, 31, of Rommel Avenue, was taken into custody Friday by sheriff's deputies. Following arraignment in Ellicottville Town Court, Howell was taken to the county jail, with bail set at $2,500

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Portville woman awaits extradition to Texas

PORTVILLE -- A warrant listing a local woman wanted as a fugitive of justice from Texas led to her arrest Thursday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies.

Christine L. York, 27, of Portville-Obi Road, was arraigned in Portville Town Court and taken to the county jail to await further disposition.

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Repeat offender gets prison term for burglary

LITTLE VALLEY -- A former Olean man has been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court as a repeat offender to serve up to six years in prison for a burglary last year.

Ryan D. Rader, 40, was sentenced Monday by Judge Larry M. Himelein to serve from three to six years in prison for his guilty plea to third-degree burglary.

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Buffalo man, 57, fined in aggravated DWI case

A Buffalo man Wednesday was fined $1,000 and barred from driving for the next year by Erie County Judge Michael F. Pietruszka on his guilty plea to aggravated drunken driving with a child under 16. Johnny Steele, 57, of Gibson Street, was stopped at about 8 p.m. Oct. 30 on Bailey Avenue with two children in his vehicle.

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