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News Update for Thurs., July 10, 2014


State Police looking for black man and white woman allegedly involved in attempted car-jacking in the town of Randolph...

The search is continuing for a black man and a white woman who attempted to car-jack a man early this morning in the Cattaraugus County town of Randolph.  Troopers were called to the scene on Cold Spring Road about 6 a.m.  State Police Sergeant Greg Worrell say an unidentified man came upon the scene of what appeared to be a disabled mini-van.  Worrell says the victim got out... and, the black male with the mini-van pulled a knife on him.  The suspect demanded the man's wallet and keys.  But... the Good Samaritan fought back... and, got away.  Worrell says the two suspects then drove off from the scene.  The black male has a thin build, and is in his mid-30s.  Troopers say he was wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt, dark jeans, and a New York Yankees baseball cap.  The woman is also in her mid-30s... and, is heavyset with long, brown hair.  She ws also wearing a purple colored shirt.  The black van is described as being a fairly new, Dodge model with a red "Peace" sign on the back... and, Pennsylvania licence plates.  The victim got away with a couple of minor abrasions.  If you have any information... contact State Police at 665-3114.


Barmore urges local motorists to beware of email E-ZPass scam...

Chautauqua County Clerk Larry Barmore is alerting local motorists about a scam that appears to convince unsuspecting E-Zpass users that they owe unpaid tolls.  Barmore says he just got word of the "phishing" scheme from the New York State Thruway Authority.  Barmore says they're sending the e-mails, and saying that the person has an unpaid bill, and, they should download the invoice and pay the bill.  However... he says E-ZPass doesn't send out email invoices for payment.  They only send the bills through the U.S. Postal Service.  The County Clerk says if you get such an email, don't open or respond...rather delete it.  Anyone with questions about the validity of any message received from E-ZPass... is asked to contact the E-ZPass New York Customer Service Center at 1-(800)-333-8655.


Weakened tree limb blamed for downed power lines, causing outage in West Ellicott, Lakewood areas...

About 1,500 National Grid power customers were without power early this morning after a weakened tree limb came down on some power lines in the Lakewood-area.  National Grid Spokesman Steve Brady says the outage occured about 4:15 a.m. when the limb... which was likely weakened by a storm earlier in the week... fell on some lines near the Baker Street substation.  The Lakewood-area... and, parts of West Ellicott... were affected... including our Media One Group stations.  Power was restored between 7:30 and 8 a.m.


 

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