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Search warrant leads to arrest of 5 in Medina

MEDINA -- Five West Avenue residents were ordered held in the Orleans County Jail after Medina police and the Orleans County Multi-Agency Task Force executed a search warrant Tuesday at a West Avenue address. The arrests followed a two-month investigation.

Shawn R. Wisniewski, 22, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail on three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully dealing with a child.

He also is wanted on three outstanding warrants, one in Genesee County and two in Orleans County, officials said.

Kayleen S. Wisniewski, 18, was being held on $5,000 bail on charges of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. Carol S. Wisniewski, 48, was being held on $5,000 bail on a charge of fourth-degree conspiracy.

Richard H. Wisniewski, 66, was being held on $2,000 bail on two counts of conspiracy. Rebecca L. Bischoff, 24, was being held on $1,000 bail on three counts of unlawfully dealing with a child.

All are scheduled to return Thursday to Shelby Town Court. Police said the investigation is continuing and further charges are pending.

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Domestic incident brings arrest of Salamanca man

SALAMANCA -- A Fawn Avenue man was arrested Sunday by city police following a domestic incident and faces charges that include second-degree unlawful imprisonment. Brian Acosta-Polo 25, also was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment.

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Driving on shoulder of road results in DWI charge

ARKWRIGHT -- A Fredonia man was charged with driving while intoxicated after he was stopped at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday on Miller Road.

State police said John M. Goldberg, 50, of Fredonia-Stockton Road, was stopped for driving on the shoulder, then failed field sobriety tests.

His blood-alcohol reading was 0.17 percent, more than twice the legal limit, troopers said. Goldberg was issued an appearance ticket.

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2 accused of switching cars to subvert interlock device

State police charged two men Monday with switching cars to try to get around a court-ordered mandate in a drunken driving case.

Nicholas A. Santaniello, 26, of West Seneca, was charged with violating a court order to drive only in a vehicle containing a DWI interlock device, troopers said.

Jason Connolly, 35, of Cheektowaga, was charged with a facilitation count, and accused of switching cars with Santaniello, as well as driving without a license.

Santaniello and Connolly went to an Ignition Interlock of Erie County office on Transit Road in Clarence for a court-ordered calibration of the interlock device on Santaniello's car. Troopers were called when no device was found on the car Santaniello was driving. After Santaniello registered positive on a breath screening device, he was taken to the Clarence substation.

Trooper Ronald Ensminger reported Santaniello was not intoxicated enough to be charged with driving while intoxicated, but could not drive his vehicle because he had consumed alcohol earlier that day. That's why Connolly switched cars with him, troopers said.

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Ex-postal carrier given probation in mail thefts

A former U.S. Postal Service carrier was sentenced to two years' probation Tuesday on charges of mail theft.

Michael Vickery, 34, of Orchard Park, opened 23 pieces of mail and stole cash and lottery tickets from inside the envelopes, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti.

Vickery's sentence by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara stems from an investigation that began when tenants at Creek Bend Apartments in Hamburg complained about their outgoing mail being opened.

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Sexual assaults on girl, 12, lead to arrest of city man

A Woltz Avenue man was charged with repeated sexual assaults on a 12-year-old girl during the last month or so, Buffalo police reported Tuesday.

Tyler Salter, 47, was charged Monday with first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy, forcible touching, unlawful imprisonment and child endangerment counts.

According to a police report, the most recent assault occurred at about 1 a.m. Sunday, when the girl was held in a bedroom after she began trying to contact her grandmother. The grandmother later notified authorities, according to a police report.

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Drug counts follow arrest of woman on DWI charge

MAYVILLE -- Amanda M. Ritchie, 29, of Union Street, Westfield, was charged with marijuana and cocaine offenses after Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies found her with small amounts of the two drugs as she was being taken into the County Jail at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, according to sheriff's officials.

Already charged with drunken driving after her arrest earlier in Mayville, she was charged with promoting prison contraband, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.