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Olean police arrest man on two separate warrants

SALAMANCA -- An Olean man wanted on two separate court warrants was arrested Wednesday on Rochester Street by city police.

Ernest D. Robinson III, of North Sixth Street, was taken into custody on a City Court warrant charging him with unlicensed operation and a Cattaraugus County Family Court warrant alleging failure to pay child support.

During arraignment before City Judge Ronald Ploetz, Robinson's bail was set at $650. He was turned over to county authorities for further processing.

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Driver found in woods is charged with DWI

EAST OTTO -- A woman found walking in the woods by police after a vehicle crash was charged with drunken driving and leaving an accident scene.

Amy J. Wiedermann, 48, of Crumb Hill Road, was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies who found a vehicle in the ditch.

She also was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and related traffic violations. She's to answer to the charges in East Otto Town Court at a later date.

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Two Falls men accused to trying to steal copper

NIAGARA FALLS -- An increased police presence near vacant homes led to the arrest of two Niagara Falls men Tuesday on charges they were trying to steal copper.

David L. Starr, 58, of Licata Drive, and Jeremy M. Slattery, 34, of Anthony Drive, were charged with felony second-degree burglary, petit larceny, felony third-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.

Police checking vacant properties in the downtown area saw a van backed up to a home in the 1100 block of Whitney Avenue at 10:48 a.m. and found two men removing metal from the property.

Starr said he was the owner and was removing metal pipes and the hot water tank as well as some steel wall studs.

Police said the rear seat had been removed and the copper pipes and metal were in the van. The actual owner of the house was located, and he said the men were not authorized to take the metal. Both men were charged at the scene.

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Failure to dim high beams results in DWI charge

LITTLE VALLEY -- A 55-year-old local man stopped by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies for failure to dim his high beams was charged with drunken driving following a breath test.

Kim W. Rohwer, of Route 242, was arrested on charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, failure to dim headlights, uninspected vehicle, consuming alcohol in a vehicle and driving with a suspended registration.

Following processing, Rohwer was released to return to Little Valley Town Court at a later date.

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Visitor to Pendleton home accused of taking jewelry

PENDLETON -- An Ohio woman who has been staying at a home on Mapleton Road apparently took advantage of her hosts' generosity, police said.

Kristin E. Ackerman, 29, of Perrysburg, was charged with third-degree grand larceny Monday by Niagara County sheriff's deputies after police said she stole nearly $15,000 worth of jewelry from the home.

Ackerman allegedly took a number of rings, bracelets and necklaces, including a $3,000 diamond engagement ring, between February and April while she had been living there. The victim told deputies that she rarely checks her jewelry.

Ackerman was charged Monday afternoon while in town visiting a family member. She told investigating officers she did not take the jewelry.

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Salamanca man charged with damaging patrol car

GREAT VALLEY -- A Salamanca man was arrested Monday morning after he allegedly damaged a Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office patrol car, authorities said.

At about 9:30 a.m. Monday, deputies were taking a report at a residence on South Authority Road in the Town of Great Valley when, they said, Ryan A. Tarr, 20, busted out the front and rear driver's side windows and damaged the front driver's side door.

Tarr was charged with felony third-degree mischief and was released to appear in Town Court on Wednesday night.

Authorities said he caused about $900 damage to the patrol car.

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Break-in at country club results in felony charge

LEWISTON -- An 18-year-old Lewiston man was charged with felony burglary after security guards interrupted a burglary in progress at Niagara Falls Country Club on Tuesday night, Niagara County sheriff's officials said.

Alex Parker was charged by sheriff's deputies with third-degree burglary, first-degree reckless endangerment and petit larceny just before 10:30 p.m., following a report from the club on Mountain View Drive.

He was arraigned before Lewiston Justice Hugh Gee and sent to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail. A return court date was set for Tuesday.