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Troy resident indicted in Wilson Farms holdup

JAMESTOWN -- A Troy man was indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury on second-degree robbery charges for his alleged roll in the robbery of the Wilson Farms Store on Hazeltine Avenue on April 15.

Murray Hall III, 28, was linked to the crime committed by three masked men based on tips from witnesses who saw the three discarding the masks as they fled the store, city police said Thursday.

Andrew S. Whitford, 18, of Jamestown, and a 15-year-old juvenile were previously charged in the case.


Fredonia man arrested in drug-trafficking case

FREDONIA -- A Fredonia man was arrested Thursday on a drug-trafficking warrant when he showed up for unrelated legal problems in Village Court, authorities said Thursday.

Frank C. Battaglia, 56, of Gardner Street, is accused of selling crack cocaine to an undercover agent of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force. He is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and is being held in Chautauqua County Jail, Fredonia police said.


Brocton man accused of selling pharmaceuticals

POMFRET -- A Brocton man being held on drug-trafficking charges is accused of selling pharmaceuticals to agents of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force in the City of Dunkirk over several months.

Ryan M. Falco, 28, who was remanded Thursday to Chautauqua County Jail, is charged with third-degree possession and criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was arrested in a home on Van Buran Road in the Town of Pomfret, authorities said.


Buffalo man arrested on felony drug warrant

JAMESTOWN -- A Buffalo man is being held on felony drug charges following an investigation by Jamestown police and Homeland Security agents.

Vincent D. Carper, 33, was arrested in a Sampson Street home Wednesday on a felony drug warrant. When taken into custody, Carper also was found with crack cocaine, police said.

He faces multiple charges of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Ex-Brooklyn man drowns in Dunkirk Harbor

DUNKIRK -- A former Brooklyn man drowned near the Cedar Beach Lighthouse next to the NRG Power Plant on Thursday, city police reported.

The 22-year-old man, whose name is not being released pending the notification of his family, was pronounced dead in Brooks Memorial Hospital shortly after a diver from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Underwater Rescue Team, on his off-duty time, responded to the distress call while boating at about 4:30 p.m.

The victim's companions told authorities they were swimming and jumping into the water off the lighthouse platform in Dunkirk Harbor and their friend did not surface after a jump. Two friends jumped in to help, but they were unable to do so as the man panicked and struggled before disappearing underwater.

City firefighters brought the man by boat to the Dunkirk City Pier, and he was taken to the hospital, but he could not be saved.


Felony DWI charge lodged in traffic stop

HANOVER -- Cynthia Ballagh, 61, of Irving, was charged with felony driving while intoxicated after she was found stopped at a green light at Alleghany Road and Route 5 and 20 at about 11:23 p.m. Wednesday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said.

Ballagh, who also was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, was arrested after deputies checked on reports of a car traveling at a very slow speed on Route 5 and 20 late Wednesday, deputies said.


Home Depot theft lands Buffalo man in hot water

BATAVIA -- A Buffalo man being held in Genesee County Jail is accused of stealing $1,267 worth of flooring materials from the Batavia Home Deport store at about 10:37 a.m. Thursday.

Rocco A. Ballacchino, 55, of Red Jacket Parkway, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony.


W. Seneca man arraigned in aggravated DWI case

A West Seneca man accused of driving with a blood-alcohol content five times the legal limit was arraigned Thursday on felony charges.

Victor M. Ojeda, 61, of Klas Avenue, is charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated and felony driving while intoxicated, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Ojeda, who was arraigned before State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller, faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

West Seneca police Jan. 7 responded to a call about a motorist driving erratically on Klas Avenue, according to prosecutors. Upon arriving on the street, police reported finding him passed out behind the wheel of his car. Police woke him up for sobriety tests, and he again passed out, authorities said.