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8 arrested in vandalism at high school in July

A months-long investigation has resulted in eight people being charged with breaking into the Oakfield-Alabama High School over the summer, then vandalizing two vending machines and stealing nearly all their contents.

Arrested by the Genesee County Sheriff's Department were: Jamie R. Bachorski, 17, of Webber Avenue; Mark A. McNutt, 17, of Weber Avenue; Corey J. Mooney, 18, of Lockport Road; Roosevelt Little Jr., 20, of Fisher Road; and Duty E. Caswell, 20, of South Pearl Street, all Oakfield; as well as Darryl W. Stamp Jr., 22, of Hellert Road, Shelby and Kevin M. Waleski, 23, of Church Street, Alabama. Also arrested was a juvenile whose name was not released.

The incident occurred approximately at 1 a.m. on July 18.

In addition to being charged with breaking into the school and stealing the contents of the vandalized machines, Waleski was also charged with stealing a truck from a location on Lewiston Road in Oakfield sometimes between 6 p.m. Aug. 8 and 7:30 a.m. Aug. 9.

He faces a grand larceny charge for the alleged truck theft.

Waleski was arraigned Friday in Oakfield Town Court. He was sent to Genesee County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

The other six defendants charged as adults were arraigned Thursday and released on their own recognizance. The juvenlie will be petitioned to family court.


Man accused of false claim of sex abuse at jail

Orleans County deputies arrested a Kendall man for falsely claiming that he was sexually assaulted while at the county jail earlier this week, authorities said Friday.

Joseph J. Motzer, 18, was first arrested on Monday for second-degree criminal mischief after he allegedly caused several thousand dollars of damage in his family's home.

When he was released on $1,000 bail Thursday, Motzer went to Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport and claimed he had been sexually attacked while in jail, according to Undersheriff Steven D. Smith.

During an investigation, Smith said, Motzer eventually admitted he made the story up.

As deputies attempted to arrest him at his home, Motzer began fighting with them and led them on a brief foot chase that ended when he was subdued by a charge from a Taser, Smith said.

In addition to a charge of making a false report, Motzer was charged with resisting arrest. His mother, Jill J. Motzer, 48, allegedly tried to stop deputies from making the arrest, and she was charged with obstruction of governmental administration.


Boston man faces charge of aggravated DWI

A Boston man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated early Wednesday after he was pulled over for failing to drive on the right side of the road, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Emil Harnas, 54, was stopped on West Main Street in Springville shortly after 1 a.m.

Field sobriety tests indicated Harnas was intoxicated, and he was placed under arrest, officials said. Harnas was taken to the Erie County sheriff's substation in Springville, where a breath test showed his blood alcohol content level was .19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

He was released to a third party and is scheduled to return to village court at a later date.


Drug task force arrests Buffalo man in drug sales

A Buffalo man who allegedly sold crack cocaine in Jamestown to members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force was nabbed Thursday night with a large amount of cash in Sheridan, authorities said.

Joshua L. Mack, 29, of Camelot Court, was spotted driving eastbound on the New York State Thruway at about 9:45 p.m. and taken into custody by task force personnel who were assisted by state troopers.

He was arrested on a warrant obtained earlier Thursday charging him with criminal possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance. The cash, task force member said, was confiscated. Mack, meanwhile, remains incarcerated pending his arraignment in Jamestown City Court.


2 Grand Island men accused of robbery, assault with ax

Two 22-year-old Grand Island men have been apprehended for a violent robbery involving an ax attack earlier this week in Black Rock, according to Northwest District police.

Justin D. McClendon of the 2000 block of Whitehaven Road and Fred C. Korhummel of the 1600 block of Whitehaven allegedly entered Neft Connor's upstairs apartment on the 100 block of Eckhert Street at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

During the robbery, the men beat Connor with the ax causing bruises and cuts that required stitches, while a second individual, Sonael Connor, was beaten with a flashlight, according to Officers Eric Hofschneider and Christopher Mordino.

McClendon and Korhummel have been charged with assault, robbery, burglary and petit larceny. Two other accomplices, police said, have not yet been caught. Taken in the robbery were electronic game equipment and a cellphone.