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Man barred from casino arrested for trespass

SALAMANCA -- A man barred from the Seneca Allegany Casino in 2005 was arrested for trespass when he returned earlier this week.

William Kennelley of Erie, Pa., was charged with trespass by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies about midnight Aug. 9, when he returned to the casino. Kennelley was issued a ticket to appear in City Court Aug. 24 to answer to the charge.

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Teen rescued after fall onto rocks at base of falls

INDIAN FALLS -- Firefighters and emergency workers rescued a Spencerport teenager who fell 20 to 30 feet onto rocks at the base of the waterfalls on Tonawanda Creek about 4:55 p.m. Friday, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said.

Kourtney J. McCorry, 17, of Spencerport, who had been swimming with a group of friends, was flown by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She was listed in satisfactory condition Saturday.

Deputies said McCorry was being helped up the rocks by her boyfriend while holding onto a tree branch. However, she fell backward when the branch broke.

Members of the Genesee County Emergency Support Unit and Indian Falls and Pembroke firefighters brought McCorry to safety by implementing a rope rescue, deputies said.

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Buffalo woman charged on check forgery scam

A Buffalo woman is accused of cashing more than $6,500 in forged checks in Amherst and Lockport.

Priscilla Robinson, 49, was arrested after an investigation by Orchard Park police revealed that she possessed some checks that were stolen from mailboxes and then had the payees' names and check amounts altered, state police said.

State police in Clarence and Lockport charged Robinson with grand larceny and possession of a forged instrument, both felonies. She was arraigned in Amherst Town Court and is currently in Erie County Holding Center.

Authorities said Robinson committed the same crime in Monroe County and is awaiting sentencing on a misdemeanor plea in September. Anyone who knows of similar unreported incidents here is asked to call state police at Clarence, at 759-6831.

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Oct. 24 sentencing set in drug sales case

LITTLE VALLEY -- Sentencing has been set for Oct. 24 in Cattaraugus County Court for a Salamanca woman who pleaded guilty to attempted drug sales.

Micki L. Farnham, 25, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance and driving while ability impaired July 14, 2009 in the City of Salamanca.

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North Collins couple linked to disturbance

Authorities charged a North Collins couple following a disturbance at their home on Sisson Highway near Genesee Road about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Helaman S. Heinrich, 21, was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and his wife, Darci L. Hecht, 22, with second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.

Erie County sheriff's deputies and state police, who responded to the disturbance, said the two argued in their driveway and damaged each other's vehicles before Hecht struck Heinrich in the face with a board.

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Man slashed in the arm in Willert Park attack

A man was slashed in the arm with a knife while in the city's Willert Park neighborhood, Buffalo police said Saturday.

The man told police he was walking east on William Street, near Jefferson Avenue, at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, when his attacker approached from behind. The victim suffered a 3-inch gash on his arm, and sought treatment at Buffalo General Hospital.

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Not guilty plea entered to narcotics sale in Olean

LITTLE VALLEY -- During his arraignment in Cattaraugus County Court, a Hinsdale man pleaded not guilty to a grand jury indictment charging him with illegally selling narcotics in the City of Olean.

Travis M. Mabee, 27, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal sale of controlled substance.

The crime occurred Feb. 16 and 17, and involved a narcotics preparation, authorities said.

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Man accused in theft of restaurant tip jar

A Buffalo man was arrested for stealing a tip jar from a West Side restaurant, police said Saturday.

Edgardo Ortiz, 25, of West Avenue, was charged Friday with petit larceny for allegedly taking the tip jar off the counter at Wah Sing Restaurant, 238 West Ferry St., police said.

Ortiz ran out of the restaurant -- right in front of a police officer on routine patrol, according to records.

The suspect ran to nearby Herkimer Street, where he allegedly threw the jar at the pursuing police officer, before being caught.