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Victim of train crash identified as Hornell man

CANASERAGA -- State police have released the name of the man who was hit and killed by a Canadian Pacific freight train last weekend.

Joshua Hudson, 26, of Hornell, was struck by the eastbound train at about 6:50 a.m. Sunday about a quarter-mile west of a crossing in the Allegany County Village of Canaseraga, 50 miles south of Rochester.

Police are still investigating why Hudson was on the tracks. Troopers say there was no one else on the tracks when he was hit.

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Irving man arrested in theft of gin

An Irving man with an apparent taste for stolen gin was apprehended by state troopers Tuesday evening in Clear Creek, police said.

Harley D. Jimerson, 22, of Route 438, was charged with petit larceny after he allegedly entered Thirsty's deli and liquor store on Route 62 at about 7 a.m. and ran out of the store with two bottles of gin without paying for them.

Jimerson was seen crossing Route 62 into Clear Creek. He was taken into custody by troopers about 40 minutes later with the stolen items.

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Four are led to safety from an imperiled boat

RIPLEY -- A mechanical failure stranded the boat of a North East, Pa., man and three others on Lake Erie off Ripley at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, but a Chautauqua County sheriff's navigation unit helped bring them safely to shore, authorities said.

Sheriff's officials said the disabled vessel, owned by Daniel Sehnke, 66, drifted into shallow water near RJ's Campground in Ripley. The four were helped up a cliff to safety, and sheriff's authorities recovered the vessel.

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Attica man, 35, charged in attempted bank holdup

An Attica man has been charged in connection with the attempted robbery of an East Aurora bank in May.

Ryan C. Westermeier, 35, became a suspect in the case through surveillance video and its release to the public, said East Aurora Detective Rick Daminksi.

Westermeier was already being held in the Wyoming County Jail on a drug possession charge and was arrested at that location Wednesday.

On May 2, Westermeier entered Citizens Bank on Main Street in East Aurora, told a clerk he had a gun and demanded money, police said. However, he became nervous and left the bank empty-handed, according to police.

He was charged with third-degree attempted robbery.

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Attempted-murder suspect faked identity, police say

FORT ERIE, Ont. -- A Hamilton, Ont., man faces additional charges for lying about his name a day after he was charged with attempted murder and other offenses in a gunpoint robbery Tuesday night on Garrison Road in Fort Erie.

Niagara Regional Police said Adam J. Thorndyke, 23, is accused of identifying himself as Brennan Harman of Caledon when he was arrested shortly after he and another man intentionally struck a police cruiser during a short pursuit following the 10:20 p.m. robbery. Thorndyke and the other man, who remained at large late Wednesday, went to a property on Garrison Road, where one of the men pointed a gun at the two occupants with the intention of stealing a quantity of marijuana, police said. A short struggle ensued, and one victim was stabbed in the back of the head, taken to the hospital and later released, police said.

Thorndyke was charged with two counts of attempted murder and forcible confinement along with a count each of assault with a weapon, robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, flight from police and failure to remain.

After police learned Thorndyke misrepresented his identity, he was additionally charged with one count of obstructing police.

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18-year-old man accused of sex attack on 13-year-old

LITTLE VALLEY -- An 18-year-old Farmersville man faces rape charges after police say he had sex with a person under the age of 13.

Leo E. Stromecki was arrested Tuesday in Little Valley for an incident that allegedly happened in May, police said.

He was arraigned in Franklinville Town Court and released on his own recognizance.

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Woman gets 25 years in death of drug dealer

ALBION -- A former anti-violence activist has been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for killing a suspected drug dealer in in 1992.

Joyce Powell, 49, was convicted of murder in May for the slaying of John Rutledge, 37, who was found in a ditch in Carlton. She drew the maximum sentence Monday.

Police maintained Powell and Rutledge were involved in the drug trade in Rochester and Buffalo and a dispute led to the killing.

Powell already sis serving a 16-year prison sentence. She was convicted of assault in 2007 after a woman was tossed through a window at her home and suffered a fractured spine.

She organized anti-violence marches beginning in the late 1990s. Her son was killed in a drug dispute in 2000.