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Naked man arrested at Jamestown armory

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after trespassing while naked in the New York State Armory on Porter Avenue, police said.

Kenneth Hagberg, 38, was charged with criminal trespass and criminal mischief after police were called to the armory at about 1:45 p.m. to investigate a call about a naked man "running around inside the building."

Police said soldiers were inside the building at the time. Hagberg was taken into custody inside the building by police. Police said he damaged a bathroom door. He was arraigned and released.

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Man, 87, critically injured after two trucks crash

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- An 87-year-old St. Catharines man was fighting for his life in a Hamilton hospital late Tuesday following a morning crash in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Authorities said the elderly man was driving south on Taylor Road at about 10:15 a.m. when his pickup truck was struck at the intersection with Glendale Avenue by another pickup truck traveling east.

The man and a 74-year-old passenger from St. Catharines were taken by ambulance to St. Catharines General Hospital. The man was then transferred to Hamilton General Hospital. The passenger's injuries were not described as life-threatening.

The other driver, a 47-year-old Niagara Falls man, was not hurt.

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Kite boarder towed to shore after equipment failure

WAINFLEET, Ont. -- No injuries were reported when a kite boarder was stranded on wind-tossed Lake Erie on Monday afternoon in what was initially believed to be a capsized boat, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Authorities were called to Morgan's Point in Wainfleet at about 4 p.m. Police and the Royal Canadian Coast Guard responded and determined it was a kite boarder whose equipment had failed. Another kite boarder towed the disabled boarder to shore by about 4:30 p.m., police said.

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Suspect accused of failing to register as sex offender

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Gowanda man was arrested on charges of failing to register with the state sex offender registry.

Sean P. Sharp, 33, of Beech Street, was taken into custody on a warrant July 22 by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies. Following arraignment in Persia Town Court, Sharp was taken to jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

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Woman charged with fraud in welfare-benefits case

FRANKLINVILLE -- A woman was arrested in her Older Hill Road home Tuesday morning by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and charged with illegally collecting more than $33,000 in welfare benefits.

Ann M. George, 42, was taken into custody on charges of third-degree welfare fraud, third-degree grand larceny and five counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.

Deputies said George is accused of not reporting the workers' compensation benefits her husband received on her applications to the Cattaraugus County Department of Social Services between September 2007 and 2009. Deputies said she received $33,102 in Medicaid and food stamps her family was not entitled to get.

George is to answer to the charges Aug. 16 in Olean City Court.

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Driver faces DWI charge after traffic stop

DAYTON -- A traffic stop on Edwards Corners Road led Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies to arrest a South Dayton man on drunken driving charges.

Brian J. Taber, 38, of Cottage Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated Saturday for having a blood alcohol count of more than 0.08 percent, failing to dim his headlights and failing to keep right. He was released and ordered to return to Dayton Town Court.

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Woman accused of running red light in collision

KIANTONE -- No serious injuries were reported in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in the Town of Kiantone, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Police said Mary C. Cash, 74, of Westfield, apparently failed to stop at a red light at Route 60 and Peck Settlement Road about 2:30 p.m. and collided with a vehicle driven by Danette M. Battle, 51, of Jamestown.

The drivers and Cash's passenger were all taken to WCA Hospital, Jamestown, with minor injuries. Cash was charged with failure to stop at a red light, police said.

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Ex-Buffalonian imprisoned in attempted attack at jail

LITTLE VALLEY -- A former Buffalo man being held in the Allegany County Jail was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to serve up to three years in prison for attempting to assault a jail guard.

Zachary J. Barrett, 22, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein for his guilty plea in the attempted attack on the guard May 25, 2010, in the Cattaraugus County Jail.

Barrett is being held in Allegany County in connection with armed robberies in Angelica and Rushford.

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