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Couple accused in burglary while baby slept in car

MIDDLEBURY -- A Silver Springs couple is being held in the Wyoming County Jail on burglary and other charges for allegedly breaking into a home Thursday afternoon while their infant daughter slept in the back seat of their car.

Harley and Amanda Dubois, both 27, were arrested after a brief high-speed car chase. Wyoming County sheriff's deputies stopped the couple at a roadblock on Fox Road.

As deputies responded to a call about a break-in at a house on Route 19, they saw Harley Dubois walking to the family car, which then sped off.

Deputies found their 10-month-old daughter unharmed. Social workers took custody of the infant.

The Duboises also are under investigation for another daylight burglary earlier this month, according to the sheriff's office.

Harley Dubois is jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail on two counts each of second-degree burglary, fourth-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal mischief. Amanda Dubois is held on $25,000 bail on two counts each of second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Spokesmen for the sheriff's office said additional charges could be filed as the investigation continues.

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Card game at jail leads to inmate attack

BATAVIA -- An inmate at the Genesee County Jail has been charged with trying to strangle a fellow inmate during a card game just before noon Friday.

Derick W. Barker, 26, of Jonesboro, Ga., was charged with second-degree strangulation and second-degree assault after corrections officers dragged him off the unconscious victim about 11:54 a.m.

Barker was allegedly playing cards with another inmate in a common area of the jail and for no known reason suddenly got up and went behind another sitting inmate and held him in a choke hold until he was unconscious. Officers came to the rescue.

The victim was treated by the jail medical staff, and Barker, who already was doing time on a felony charge, remains jailed following arraignment on the new charges in Batavia City Court.

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Jamestown woman accused of $5,000 in welfare fraud

JAMESTOWN -- A city woman was charged by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office Thursday with welfare and food stamp fraud for allegedly illegally pocketing more than $5,000 in public assistance benefits.

Camille R. Hodnett, 42, of Chautauqua Avenue, was charged with first-degree offering a false instrument for filing, third-degree welfare fraud and felony misuse of food stamps. She is accused of illegally pocketing $1,536 in Medicaid benefits, $2,522 in safety net benefits and $1,200 in food stamps.

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Couple who forged checks get five years' probation

LITTLE VALLEY -- Two people have been sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to probation for forging checks of a person at his home in Allegany while he was in jail.

Travis M. Mabee, 28, of Hinsdale and Lynda N. Rishel, 29, of Allegany were each sentenced to five years' probation and restitution Monday for their guilty pleas to second-degree forgery and petit larceny between Dec. 3, 2010 and Jan. 4, 2011.

Court records indicate the couple stole more than $1,000 by forging 14 checks.

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Two women, man arrested in machine shop theft

BATAVIA -- Two women and a man were arrested for allegedly stealing $1,500 worth of used heavy equipment from the Deluxe Machine shop on Route 98 about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Steven R. Cox, 29, of Machias, his sister Jessica A. Cox, 26, of Olean and Bonnie J. Bremiller, 33, of Olean, remained jailed on fourth-degree grand larceny and conspiracy charges. Steven Cox is held in lieu of $20,000 bail and the women on $10,000 each.

After reports of an early morning break-in Thursday at the machine shop on Route 98, Genesee County Sheriff's Deputy Kevin R. McCarthy, assisted by Deputy Howard Carlson, Deputy John Weis and Sgt. Brian Frieday and Attica Police Officer Brian Marsceill caught the three in Attica.

They were reportedly driving on Route 98 in Attica in a vehicle overloaded with metal.

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Man in roll-over crash faces felony DWI charge

WARSAW -- An Attica man whose car hit some trees and overturned in the Town of Attica this week was charged with felony driving while intoxicated, according to Wyoming County sheriff's deputies.

Martin McDonald, 60, had been traveling northwest on Attica Gulf Road on Monday when he lost control of his vehicle, which left the road, crashed into some trees and overturned.

After being freed from the wreckage by firefighters, McDonald was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies said that McDonald, who has a previous drunken driving conviction, also was cited for failure to keep right. Additional charges are pending.

McDonald was released on his own recognizance, pending a February appearance in Attica Town Court.