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Councilman arrested for second time in a week

JAMESTOWN -- For the second time in less than a week, Jamestown City Councilman Michael Taylor has felt the long arm of the law as he was briefly jailed again Friday morning after he was arrested for speeding and drunken driving.

Less than a week after he was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a window at the Sneakers bar, Taylor, 35, was stopped for speeding and then arrested for drunken driving at about 2:15 a.m. Friday on East Second Street .

Taylor had a blood-alcohol reading of more than 0.08 percent, the state's legal limit for drinking and driving, according to Jamestown police. He faces City Court proceedings in both cases over the next few weeks.

The representative of the city's Ward 3, Taylor, a member of the City Council since 2005, chairs the Council's Public Safety Committee. He is a substitute city school teacher.


Batavia apartment house is destroyed by fire

BATAVIA -- A three-family apartment house at Maple and Evans streets was declared a total loss and eight people are homeless after a Friday afternoon fire, authorities said.

Three adults and five children escaped safely but a woman had to be treated for burns on her hands, according for Fire Department officials. The Red Cross is assisting the residents -- a woman with three children, a woman with two children and a single man.

No damage estimate has been given and the cause remains under investigation.


Albion police seek help in finding missing man

ALBION -- Albion police are looking for a missing and possibly suicidal village resident.

Willie G. Gaffney, 42, was last seen at his home on East Academy Street in the village at about 1 a.m. Friday. Police described him as a black male, 6 feet tall and about 182 pounds. He was taking medications for depression, according to police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Albion Police Department at (585) 589-5627.


Olean man, 37, pleads guilty to sexual abuse of teenager

OLEAN -- Alec C. Belec, 37, of Olean, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse Friday in Cattaraugus County Court in connection with a June 1997 incident with a 13-year-old girl in the City of Olean. Sentencing is set for Sept. 10.


Task force makes arrest on drug trafficking charges

DUNKIRK -- A Dunkirk man is being held on cocaine-trafficking charges linked to a continuing investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and Dunkirk police.

Nestor Reyes, 33, of Lake Shore Drive West, was arrested at his home at about 8:35 p.m. Thursday on a Dunkirk City Court warrant charging him with criminal possession and sale of cocaine.

Dunkirk police said they expect additional charges to be lodged against Reyes in the continuing investigation. Spokesmen said the investigation was helped by information provided by a member of the community they would not identify.

Anyone with narcotics-related information is urged to contact the Souther Tier task force at 664-2420 or Dunkirk Police at 366-2266.


Human remains found in Ontario township

WEST LINCOLN, Ont. -- The coroner's office and the Niagara Regional Police Service's forensics unit are trying to identify the human remains found at noontime Thursday at 803 Church Road in this township.

Traffic in the area of Church Road between South Chippewa Road and Concession Road 2 was diverted for hours Thursday as a result of the investigation.


Dayton man pleads guilty to rape, weapons charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- Edwin Chmielewski III, 23, of Dayton, pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court on Friday to third-degree rape and an unrelated weapons charge.

Chmielewski was charged with having sexual intercourse with a girl under age 15 last July in the Town of Dayton. On Sept. 16, 2011 he was arrested in Dayton for illegally possessing a firearm. He faces sentencing July 9.


Norampac employee admits stealing from company

An Alden woman pleaded guilty Friday to grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing in connection with the theft of more than $38,692 from her employer, Norampac Industries Inc., according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

Lynn Montgomery, 46, faces a maximum prison sentence of 19 years when she's sentenced in October.

Montgomery admitted that she took the money from July 15, 2005, to Dec. 30, 2011, and failed to report the earnings on her state income tax returns, while she was employed as a human resource representative at the company, which is located on Walden Avenue in Lancaster.