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Train hits, kills man in Allegany County

CANASERAGA -- A man in his 20s was struck by a freight train and killed early Sunday in this village in Allegany County, State Police reported.

Troopers in Amity reported that the eastbound Canadian Pacific train was hauling 73 cars on the Norfolk Southern railroad tracks when it struck and killed the man about 6:30 a.m.

Troopers said the investigation was continuing Monday into the cause of the fatal incident.

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Visitor accused of bringing drugs to Collins prison

A New York City man faces various drug charges after allegedly bringing marijuana into the Collins Correctional Facility Sunday morning while visiting an inmate, State Police reported.

Jose A. Mendoza, Jr., 19, was arraigned on charges of promoting prison contraband, criminal possession of marijuana and criminal sale of marijuana and taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Mendoza was arrested about 11:20 a.m. after he was allegedly found with 26.5 grams of marijuana at the prison.

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3 teens in Zoar Valley Park charged with trespassing

Three Gowanda area teenage females were charged with trespassing after they were caught in Zoar Valley Park after dark Saturday, State Police reported.

Troopers charged Beth A. Bodekor, 18, and Bethany L. Wheat, 19, both of Gowanda, and Caitlin C. Bernard, 18, of Collins, and issued them appearance tickets to appear in Persia Town Court next Tuesday.

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$40,000 in heroin seized in Clarence; two arrested

Two men face felony drug charges after a large-scale heroin arrest Sunday night in Clarence, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Narcotics detectives said they seized $30,000 to $40,000 worth of heroin from Jose M. Vazquez, 39, and Juan D. Perez, 22. Both are from Rochester.

The arrest was made at 7:25 p.m. at Main Street and Transit Road after a monthlong investigation. About four ounces of suspected heroin was taken by authorities, said Senior Detective Alan Rozansky.

Vazquez and Perez were arraigned in Clarence Town Court. Faced with charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Vazquez will remain held without bail while Perez's bail was set at $50,000.

Both suspects also were charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

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California fugitive found in Dunkirk drainage tunnel

DUNKIRK -- A Dunkirk man wanted in California for a parole violation was arrested in a drainage tunnel Sunday evening, according to Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials.

Deputies assisted Dunkirk and Fredonia police in the search for James C. Mason, 42. A K-9 unit helped track Mason to the tunnel in Dunkirk, where he was lying in the water, police said.

He was processed at the Dunkirk Police Department and is awaiting extradition.

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Disorderly conduct arrest follows seat-belt violation

HANOVER -- A seat-belt violation turned into a disorderly conduct arrest for a Grand Island man Sunday, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Anthony M. Gugino, 20, was a passenger in a vehicle at about 2 p.m. on Allegany Road, deputies said, when a traffic stop was initiated because Gugino was not wearing a seat belt.

He became disorderly and, after being released, made obscene gestures to deputies as the vehicle continued down the road, according to sheriff's officials.

The car was pulled over again, and Gugino was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge.

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W. Seneca man faces charge of felony DWI in Hanover

HANOVER -- A 25-year-old West Seneca man was arrested on a felony driving while intoxicated charge Sunday night and also is believed to have been texting while driving, according to authorities.

Thomas A. Capitano failed to stop at a stop sign on Allegany Road at Iola Drive, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

His license had been revoked because of a previous DWI conviction, police said.

Capitano was charged with felony DWI, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and other violations. He refused a breath test, according to police.

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Bomb squad defuses device found in Albion front yard

ALBION -- A suspicious device believed to be an explosive was discovered in an Albion front yard Sunday but safely neutralized by bomb squad technicians.

The homeowner found the pipe with an attached fuse while digging holes at the Caroline Street residence, Albion police said. Authorities determined the pipe had been left underground for many years, based on its location and rusted condition.

The Monroe County Sheriff's Office Bomb Squad was able to move the object to a safe location and eliminate any substances inside of it.