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Otto man, 65, accused of molesting girl, 10

OTTO -- A 65-year-old resident was arrested Wednesday and accused of sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl last August, according to the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.

Harold Snay Jr. was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, sheriff's officials said.


Fredonia-Dunkirk residents warned on thefts from cars

FREDONIA -- State police this week expanded warnings to vehicle owners in the Fredonia-Dunkirk area about taking extra precautions to make sure they leave their vehicles locked if left outside or in a driveway.

The warning comes after reports of multiple overnight vehicle break-ins in the area that were initially reported in the Dunkirk and Sheridan townships last weekend and have been continued in the Newell Road, Cook Road and Franklin Avenue areas.

All the vehicles where thefts occurred were unlocked, troopers said. Global positioning systems, cash, jewelry, DVDs and prescription narcotics were among items stolen.

Anyone with information on such crimes is asked to call troopers at 679-1521.


Mother accused of shaking, abandoning daughter, 6

A 22-year-old Buffalo woman was charged with child abandonment after she allegedly angrily shook her 6-year-old daughter and left her on the street with health care workers late Tuesday afternoon.

Melanie J. McClinton, whose address was not listed on a police report, was arrested by Buffalo Police Officers Craig Leone and Richard Manley in the 3200 block of Bailey Avenue at about 5 p.m., after a 911 call about a little girl being shaken after being yanked out of a car. Several Horizon Health workers told the officers McClinton roughed up the girl, told the workers, "Keep her," and left. McClinton was arrested when she returned, the officers said.

McClinton was charged with abandonment of a child, endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment.


Theft of credit, debit cards brings arrest of health aide

A Buffalo woman was charged this week for allegedly stealing a Delaware Avenue woman's credit and debit cards and using them to pay for her own cellphone bill while working as a home health care aid for the woman in January.

Jamella Gates, 22, of Hirschbeck Street, was arrested by Buffalo Police Officer John Paradowski and charged with grand larceny and possession of stolen property.

Gates had been caring for a woman living in an apartment in the 1000 block of Delaware, police reported.


Man's bail set at $100,000 in sex attack on woman

LOCKPORT -- Bail was set at $100,000 Wednesday for a man accused of a two-hour sexual attack on a 60-year-old woman Jan. 21 in her Niagara Falls home.

Jeffrey Brantley, 46, of Walnut Avenue in the Falls, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court to an indictment charging him with attempted first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, and single counts of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said the victim held a statue of the Virgin Mary as she tried to convince the suspect not to attack her. The statue was broken in the struggle, Zucco said, adding that he will seek a DNA sample from Brantley for confirmatory testing. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas will hear arguments May 23.


DWI, drug charges follow traffic stop for speeding

RANSOMVILLE -- A Ransomville man stopped for speeding was additionally charged with driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of marijuana after deputies confiscated 2 1/2 ounces of the drug Tuesday.

Paul C. Hricak Jr., 57, of Ridge Road, was stopped for driving 59 mph in a 40-mph zone at 6:50 p.m. on Youngstown-Lockport Road. Deputies said they noticed the odor of both alcohol and marijuana.

In the rear of the vehicle, deputies found two bowls used for smoking marijuana, with marijuana in them, as well as an open manila envelope with two vacuum-sealed bags, each containing an ounce of marijuana, which Hricak said he had purchased for $250. Police found him carrying another Ziplock bag with half an ounce of marijuana in a jacket pocket.

He said he had a few drinks at a Ransomville bar, but deputies said he was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.


$3,600 in property stolen in theft at Niagara Catholic

NIAGARA FALLS -- More than $3,600 worth of school property was stolen from the shed behind the Niagara Catholic High School field house, Niagara Falls police reported Tuesday.

Someone gained entry by unknown means and took a canvas tent, a field liner, a utility pump, and red dugout covers with the Niagara Catholic school logo on them, which alone were valued at a total of $2,500, according to school officials.

No sign of forced entry was found. Loss was estimated at $3,645.