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Inmates at two prisons face weapons charges

WARSAW -- A convicted murderer from the Bronx, serving a life term at Attica Correctional Facility, has been charged with keeping an edged metal weapon in his cell, state police said Wednesday.

Also, a Brooklyn man already serving time for an assault has been charged with assaulting another inmate, troopers said.

Rafael Medina, 32, the convicted murderer, was charged at Attica with promoting prison contraband in the first-degree and criminal possession of a weapon, both felonies. Medina is serving 18 years to life for a Bronx murder during a robbery attempt several years ago.

Julio Gonzalez, 48, of Brooklyn, was charged with first-degree assault, promoting prison contraband and criminal possession of a weapon for severing another inmate's ear with an edged metal weapon during an altercation at Wyoming Correctional Facility, troopers said.

Gonzalez was already serving up to 12 years for a recent Brookly assault conviction, troopers said.

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Attempt to smuggle drugs to prison charged

WARSAW -- An Oakfield woman was charged by state police with trying to smuggle 48 grams of synthetic marijuana to an inmate at Wyoming Correctional Facility, troopers announced Wednesday.

Mandy L. Lloyd, 32, is being held in lieu of $5,000 bail and faces further proceedings in Attica Town Court on conspiracy and promoting prison contraband charges.

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Another woman facing contraband charges

WARSAW -- A Rensselaer Falls woman has been charged with felony criminal sale of a controlled substance, promoting prison contraband and conspiracy for trying to sneak a quantity of Suboxone strips to a Wyoming Correctional Facility inmate, state police reported Wednesday.

Amy R. Gilbert, 40, was released after arraignment in Wyoming County Court, troopers said.

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Man facing charges over woman's injuries

CHERRY CREEK -- A Cherry Creek man was charged with first-degree burglary and assault, and accused of injuring a woman who was redecorating a Southside Avenue home Monday.

Kevin Pattyson, 21, was ordered held in the Chautauqua County Jail after his arrest Tuesday, state police reported.

Pattyson is accused of breaking into the woman's home and brutalizing her when she tried to flee through a side door, including ripping out a chunk of her hair, troopers said.

The woman treated for head injuries, troopers reported.

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Two accused of having pot, endangering boys' welfare

ELLICOTT -- Two Jamestown men were charged with marijuana offenses and endangering the welfare of three underage boys after a tip sent a Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force officer and Ellicott police of a suspicious parked car on the Curtin Street Extension on Tuesday.

Alexander J. Woleen, 22, of Newton Avenue, and Scott F. Trusso, 22, of Auburn Street, were both charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and three counts each of child endangerment.

The three juveniles, one 15 and two 16, were released to parents or relatives.

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Theft of excavator from business probed

CLYMER -- The theft of a $38,000 John Deer excavator from a construction equipment business is under investigation by the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's officials said the excavator was dropped off at the rear of the Z&M John Deer dealership at 8926 Route 474 Monday and taken sometime overnight Monday.

The yellow and black excavator did not have any keys, so the burglars must have come specially equipped to move it, officials said.

The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information on the matter to call 753-4925 or (800) 782-7463. A reward of up to $1,000 is available for anyone helping in the arrest and conviction of the suspects.

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Convicted felon gets 33 months on gun charge

An Allegany County man will spend 33 months in federal prison for being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Eric Kaczor, 28, of Caneadea, after he used a drilling tool to obliterate the serial numbers from two firearms for other individuals in 2010.

The U.S. Attorney's Office prosecuted the case, and Kaczor was sentenced Wednesday by District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

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Illinois man arrested in child sex case

A Schaumburg, Ill., man who traveled to Niagara Falls intending to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met online was sentenced Wednesday to six years in federal prison.

David Murch, 21, was convicted of traveling across state lines to have sex with a minor, and receipt of child pornography.