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FBI seeks help in case of enticing a minor

The FBI's Buffalo office is seeking the public's assistance in the case against a Buffalo man accused of enticing a minor online.

Jafet Rivera, 24, was arrested in March and charged with online enticement of a minor. He's accused of traveling from Buffalo to Rochester with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a 14-year-old.

Now, the FBI's Cybercrimes Task Force is trying to determine if Rivera attempted to entice other minors.

Anyone with knowledge of Rivera contacting or attempting to contact other minors should call the FBI in Rochester at (585) 546-2220.

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DWI, unlawful phone use among charges after crash

PAVILION -- A Batavia woman faces a slew of charges, including aggravated driving while intoxicated, after she drove her car into a ditch while using her cellphone early Wednesday, the Genesee County Sheriff's Office said.

Alexandra R. Wood, 21, drove off Route 19 at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday while using her phone, authorities said. Her vehicle ended up in a drainage ditch.

Wood was charged with aggravated DWI for having a blood-alcohol content level over 0.18 percent, unlawful possession of marijuana, unlawful use of a mobile phone and other traffic violations, sheriff's officials said.

She was issued an appearance ticket for Pavilion Town Court for May 22.

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Lottery winner charged over assistance benefits

OLEAN -- The Albion lottery winner charged earlier this month with illegally cashing in more than $4,000 in public assistance benefits, was charged with an additional felony this week for allegedly applying for more public aid as late as January.

Anthony Palermo, 51, who has been receiving $1,000 a week since he won the State Lottery's "Win for Life" scratch-off game 14 years ago, could continue to collect his lottery winnings even if he ended up behind bars, Orleans County officials confirmed.

He was arraigned in Albion Town Court Tuesday on a new charge of filing a false instrument for applying for welfare benefits, according to court authorities.

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Two get probation in bid to smuggle motor vehicle

A Canadian father and son were placed on probation Wednesday for attempting to smuggle a motor vehicle into the United States.

Bradley Ruiter, 20, pleaded guilty to smuggling goods into this country and was sentenced to one year of probation by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny. His father, Richard Ruiter, 47, who was convicted of refusing to assist a customs officer, was sentenced to one year of probation by U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr. said they planned sell a Mazda Miata to a buyer from Massachusetts. It was a right-hand-drive vehicle and did not meet a host of federal motor vehicle safety standards. Bradley Ruiter switched the license plate on the vehicle in order to deceive authorities, the prosecutor said.

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Warsaw man arrested in drug trafficking

WARSAW -- A 29-year-old village man was arrested on drug trafficking charges by state police and investigators from the local Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, officials announced.

Michael F. Main was taken into custody Monday for allegedly selling drugs to an undercover agent recently, troopers said.

After a grand jury voted an indictment, Wyoming County Judge Michael Griffith issued a warrant that led to Main's arrest.

Main is being held at the Wyoming County Jail pending further court proceedings.

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Fight outside bar leads to arrest of two men

PORTAGEVILLE -- Two men who allegedly fought outside a bar last month were both arrested following an investigation by state police in Warsaw.

John W. Tomczak, 23, of Dalton, was charged Monday with third-degree assault, and Jeremy A. Swain, 29, of Fillmore, was charged with disorderly conduct. The two are accused of fighting outside the Letchworth Pines early March 4.

The fight followed an argument, according to troopers. Swain was taken to Wyoming County Community Hospital for treatment of cuts and a broken nose, troopers said.

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Double shooting victim pleads guilty to gun charge

LOCKPORT -- A man who was shot twice last year in Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing an illegal handgun himself.

Christopher W. Cessna-Carter, 19, of North Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He faces up to seven years in prison when County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas sentences him July 18.

He was arrested July 9 after a car chase with police that ended when Cessna-Carter's car struck a tree on 24th Street. Police said Cessna-Carter was driving at speeds up to 60 mph with a gun in one hand; it turned out to be a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 special.