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News Update for Tues., July 29, 2014


Man convicted of robbing Falconer bank -- and, five other banks -- in 2012 sentenced to more than a decade in federal prison...

A Rochester man convicted of robbing six upstate New York banks... including one in Falconer... has been sentenced to 11 years in federal prison.  U.S. attorney William Hochul, Jr. says 59 year-old Robert Stevenson received the sentence for bank robbery in U.S. District Court late Monday.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Baumgarten, who handled the case, says Stevenson robbed the banks in 2012 between April 25, and, Nov. 5.  The Northwest Savings Bank at 210 West Main St. in Falconer was the last one to be robbed.  The other banks were in Kenmore... Syracuse... Irondequoit... Utica... and New Hartford.  During the Kenmore robbery... Baumgarten says Stevenson suggested he had a weapon after handing the teller a note.  However... one was never displayed.  In addition to the 11 years in prison... she says Stevenson was also ordered to pay $16,425 in restitution.  Several police agencies... including Ellicott Town Police... assisted in the investigation.


Jamestown police arrest three following large fight on city's westside...

Three city residents have been arrested in connection with a large fight that allegedly took place in Jamestown's westside last night.  City police were called to the scene in front of 416 West Sixth St. just after 8:30 p.m., and, found a group of 30 people there following the alleged fight.  Officers say the group became disorderly when officers ordered them to stop so they could figure out who was involved.  Police say 19 year-old Karisha Tapia refused to stop walking away... and, began punching an officer when she was arrested.  While officers were trying to take Tapia into custody... two teenaged boys began jumping on officers... and, trying to hit them.  All involved were charged with obstruction... and, resisting arrest.  Tapia was also charged with harassment as she spit in an officer's face.  All three were jailed pending arraignment.


Gerry Rodeo starts Wednesday night...

Some of the top cowboys and cowgirls in the country will be on hand for the 70th annual Gerry Rodeo... starting tomorrow night and running through Saturday at the rodeo grounds off Route 60.  That from Rodeo Spokesman Paul Cooley... who says they have a record number of contestants... 192, and, a record purse of $45,000 for this year's event.  Cooley says five of the contestants are nationally ranked... including saddle bronc riders Jacobs and Sterling Crawley... who are brothers from Texas.  They also have 2012 World Champion Cody DeMoss.  National barrel racing record holder Taylor Jacobs will also be competing.  Tomorrow night's first show begins at 8 p.m., and, Cooley says one of the rodeo's founders -- Ward Tollman -- will be among those on hand.  He now lives in Florida.  He adds Allen Peterson of Jamestown will also be there.  He's been to all 69 up to this point.  Cooley says this year's specialty act features a newcomer to Gerry... Hollywood Harris... who is a veteran of 30 years of entertaining rodeo fans.  The Rodeo's famous beef barbecue and all the side dishes will be available each day starting at 5 p.m. in the Rodeo's dining room.  Rodeo performances are at 8 p.m. each night through Saturday... and, there'll be a matinee at 2 p.m. Saturday.  For more information... including ticket prices... call 985-4847... or go on-line to www.gerryrodeo.org.

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