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Dunkirk man is charged in two burglaries

DUNKIRK -- A city man is being held on $42,000 cash bail on charges connected to two city break-ins while police continue to investigate his possible involvement in similar unsolved local burglaries.

Joshua M. Anzalone, 25, of Washington Avenue, was arrested in his home late Wednesday afternoon for early morning break-ins that day at School 4 on Central Avenue and Jim's Dry Cleaners on East Fourth Street, Dunkirk Police Chief David C. Ortolano said.

Anzalone is currently jailed on third-degree burglary, criminal mischief and petit larceny counts linked to those two break-ins.

Ortolano lauded city detectives, patrol officers and crime scene officers for the quick arrest and noted Grace Hanlon, a Chautauqua County assistant district attorney, assisted the department in the probe.

"As a reminder," Ortolano said, "we encourage anyone who sees or hears anything out of the ordinary in their neighborhood or anywhere in the city to call the [police] Communications Desk at 366-2266. Help from the community on criminal cases is greatly appreciated."


2 Jamestown men accused of drug trafficking

JAMESTOWN -- Two Jamestown men were arrested Friday on drug-trafficking charges linked to a continuing investigation of city drug sales by the Jamestown Police Department and the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Alessi L. Lopez, 19, of Barrows Street, and Ulus C. Battle, 25, of Hallock Street, were arrested in their homes.

Lopez is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after a quantity of alleged crack cocaine was found at his house.

Battle is being held on seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana charges.

Police spokesman said the two arrests Friday morning are part of an ongoing investigation of the illegal sales of narcotics in Jamestown with additional arrests expected.


Slashing attack leads to a number of charges

A Town of Collins man is being held on charges linked to a violent domestic incident at his ex-wife's home in which another man was slashed with broken glass. He also faces drunken driving charges after he fled the scene early Friday morning, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported.

Nicholas C. Enser, 28, is being held on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, criminal mischief, weapons possession, harassment, child endangerment, drunken driving and traffic infractions.

A man Enser allegedly slashed shortly after midnight Friday during a confrontation on Collins Center Zoar Road was taken to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville for treatment of a severe hand injury, allegedly cause when Enser slashed him with a piece of glass.

Deputy Chris Soluri was on routine patrol in Collins when the call came in about a confrontation on the front porch of the home.

After attacking the man and breaking a window, Enser reportedly fled in his car, but Deputy Don Hoelscher, assisted by Deputies Neil Held, Ben Pisa and Shawn Young, stopped him on Woodside Road near Rich Road in Collins.

The sheriff said Enser took a breath test that indicated he had a blood alcohol content of 0.14 percent, almost two times the state's legal limit.


Drug raid in Jamestown bags 3 Buffalo suspects

JAMESTOWN -- Three Buffalo men, including one who is a state parole violator, were arrested as Jamestown police raided a home on Newland Avenue Thursday afternoon and recovered 22 grams of alleged crack cocaine.

An investigation continues into a possible Buffalo-to-Jamestown drug ring.

Earl L. Stone, 20; Allen B. Burnell, 21; and Terry J. Amerson, 18, were charged with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance.

A police spokesman said Stone had been the subject of an investigation by the state Parole Division, which had alerted law enforcement agencies statewide that he should be considered armed and dangerous.

More arrests are expected, police officials said.

Anyone with information regarding drug activity in their area is urged to call the Jamestown Police Department's TIP Line at 483-TIPS (8477) and leave an anonymous tip.


NFTA officer disarms man with knife on Metro Bus

A Johnson Park man who allegedly threatened other passengers on a Metro Bus with a knife late Friday afternoon was arrested by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Officer Vinni Mancino.

Roland O. Coles, 52, was arrested as he got off the city bus at Main and Utica streets at about 5:50 p.m. He is being held on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the three-inch knife he allegedly used to threaten other passengers.

Coles, facing a Buffalo City Court arraignment this morning, also is charged with second-degree menacing and disorderly conduct.

Mancino responded to a radio call about people fighting on the bus and quickly disarmed Coles.