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Orleans deputy resigns in domestic violence plea

BATAVIA -- An Orleans County sheriff's deputy voluntarily resigned his position as part of a domestic violence plea deal in Genesee County Court on Tuesday.

Jason M. Silleman, 38, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal contempt of court before Judge Robert C. Noonan. Silleman faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine on each misdemeanor count when he is sentenced May 23.

Silleman was charged with threatening his estranged wife, Assistant District Attorney Susan Silleman, with a gun on April 11 at their home in the Town of Carlton. He had faced up to 42 counts, including battery, aggravated assault, menacing, first-degree criminal contempt of court, which is a felony, and a number of counts of second-degree criminal contempt. The case was moved to Genesee County to avoid a conflict of interest.

Under the plea deal, Silleman admitted that he had twice violated an order of protection and agreed to resign immediately as a deputy. He had been on a medical leave following his arrest.

Silleman, an 18-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was suspended in 2009 for threatening a criminal suspect by text message. He was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal in that case and returned to his job. He said he had been texting the suspect in an attempt to locate and charge him, authorities said.

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Two arrested in raid on methamphetamine lab

NEW HUDSON -- Two Allegany County men were arrested and jailed Wednesday as a combined force of state and federal lawmen raided a methamphetamine manufacturing operation on Rawson Road in the Town of New Hudson following a six-month investigation.

Jarod T. Poulin, 21, who lived at the site of the raid, and Brady J. Demick, 25, of Carpenter Hill Road, Cuba, are being held in Allegany County Jail in Belmont in lieu of $20,000 bail.

Poulin was charged with third-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine, fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance, along with state Department of Environmental Conservation charges of fourth-degree endangerment of public health, safety and environment, prohibited open fire burning and unlawful disposal of solid waste.

Demick was charged with third-degree manufacturing of methamphetamine and unlawful disposal of solid waste.

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Same suspect sought in two bank robberies

Police believe the same bandit has struck two downtown Buffalo bank branches in two days.

Descriptions of the man who gave a teller a note demanding money at the Bank of America branch at 420 Main St. at about 2:40 p.m. Wednesday match those of the thief who held up the Northwest Savings Bank branch at 295 Main St. Tuesday morning.

He is described as a black man with a mustache and facial hair, about 5-foot-7, and wearing a dark puffy vest and a green hat with fur trim. Buffalo Detective Chief Dennis J. Richards said no weapon was displayed in Wednesday's robbery.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tipcall line at 847-2255 or email the information by visiting www.bpdny.org and clicking on "Report a Tip."

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Florida men arrested with fake credit cards

ALBION -- Two Florida men were arrested by Orleans County sheriff's deputies after they tried to use phony credit cards Tuesday at the Walmart Supercenter on Route 31 -- and then were caught with dozens of fake credit cards, officials said.

They were identified as Felix Darias, 49, and Yoel M. Pena, 35, of Miami.

Investigators said they found 47 fraudulent credit cards in their possession.

Both men were charged with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. Pena also was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after he was found with a "bogus South Carolina driver's license," officials said.

The men were being held Wednesday in the Orleans County Jail on $50,000 bail.

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Separate crashes injure two drivers on icy roads

ALBION -- Icy roads in Orleans County were blamed for two separate roll-over accidents within 15 minutes of each other Wednesday morning, the Sheriff's Office reported.

The first occurred at 7 a.m. on East Lee Road in Clarendon. Investigators said DeCarra D. Johnson, 51, of Albion, was eastbound in a 1995 Land Rover when it left the road, struck two trees and overturned, coming to rest on the driver's side. She was treated at the scene by paramedics.

Fifteen minutes later, Reinhard W. Rogowski, 61, of Medina, was eastbound on West Lee Road in Barre when his 2006 Ford Ranger pickup truck went into a ditch and flipped "end-to-end" before coming to rest on the driver's side, investigators said.

He was taken by Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance to Medina Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.