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Filing of charges follows crack sales to agents

DUNKIRK -- A Dunkirk man was taken into custody following his arrest Friday on felony drug charges for allegedly selling quantities of crack cocaine to agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force, task force members reported Monday.

Leonard G. Wilson, 49, of Middle Road, was charged with criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance.

Task force members said Wilson's arrest was part of an ongoing narcotics investigation. Further arrests are pending in the case, authorities said Monday.

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Throwing of stroller leads to man's arrest

MAYVILLE -- A Mayville man who allegedly threw a baby stroller at the mother of his child Sunday afternoon faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and unlawful possession of marijuana, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Sean D. Barrett, 20, of Elmwood Road, was arrested following the incident on Elmwood Road just after 4 p.m.; Barrett was taken to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Deputies and state troopers investigated the domestic incident where Barrett is accused of throwing the stroller at the woman, who was holding their child at the time.

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$40 taken from man in armed robbery

Amherst police are looking for an armed robber wearing a ski mask who stole $40 from a man walking down Callodine Avenue, near the University at Buffalo South Campus, early Sunday.

The victim told police he was walking down Callodine, north of Main Street and just west of Bailey Avenue, shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday, when he heard a vehicle approaching from behind. The thief, wearing a ski mask and a dark hooded sweat shirt, got out of the passenger seat, flashed the handgun and stole the money.

Amherst Police Capt. Scott Chamberlin said police are looking for a dark-colored, four-door American vehicle, possibly a Ford.

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Niagara Regional Police win band competition

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- The Niagara Regional Police Service Pipe Band clinched the title as the province's best band last weekend at a competition in Fergus, Ont., Niagara Regional Police reported Monday.

The pipe band clinched the title of "Champion Supreme" with a first-place showing at the Fergus Highland Games.

The Champion Supreme title is an award presented by the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario and is earned by the band with the most accumulated points at highland games during a competition season.

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Olean man accused of neglecting puppies

SALAMANCA -- An Olean man has been charged by city police with neglecting to care for two puppies in a house on Jefferson Street.

Robert E. Beckman, 25, was arrested Saturday on two counts of torturing or injuring animals or failing to provide sustenance.

Police said the incident occurred Thursday, when they found the animals alone without food and water and living in feces and urine.

Beckman is to answer to the charges Friday in City Court.

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Driving in wrong lane results in DWI charge

NAPOLI -- Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies on patrol on Route 242 conducted a traffic stop after they saw a vehicle driving in their lane early Sunday.

Jacob I. Mattern, 32, of Jamestown, was arrested after a series of sobriety tests, deputies said, and charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right.

He's to appear in Town Court today to answer the charges.

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Woman fails to dim lights, is held on various charges

ASHFORD -- Failure to dim headlights while driving on Route 240 and Felton Hill led to the arrest of an Arcade woman for driving while intoxicated early Saturday.

Shanon Leigh Foster, 36, of Circle Court, was charged by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies with DWI, driving under the influence of drugs and failure to dim her headlights.

Following arraignment in Town Court, she was released and scheduled to return to court Aug. 25.

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Driving drunk with child in car ends in jail term

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Great Valley man who drove drunk with a child in his vehicle was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to serve up to three years in prison.

Bryon L. McCants, 41, now in the County Jail, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein to serve one to three years in prison.

He also was fined $1,000 and had his driver's license revoked for his guilty plea to aggravated driving while intoxicated.

The incident occurred April 17 in the Town of Great Valley, with a child under age 15 in the vehicle.

McCants also was sentenced to serve a concurrent one to three years for his guilty plea to probation violation.