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Police blotter:

Orleans County Man Accused of Faking Theft of Rig

An Orleans County man accused of arranging the theft of his tractor-trailer is facing felony charges.

Matthew R. Tower, 32, of Gaines was recently charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, following a lengthy investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff's Office, Orleans County Sheriff Scott Hess announced. Tower is accused of conspiring with two men and arranging for the duo to steal his 14-year-old tractor-trailer in March, so he could collect insurance money on the rig, Hess said.

The truck, which is worth approximately $70,000, was stolen from 15731 Route 31 in Murray on or about March 31, deputies said.

The plan was for one of the two men to drive the tractor-trailer to North Carolina to dispose of the truck, deputies said.

But police said that did not happen.

Orleans County Rescuers Call Off Search of Canal After Man Turns Up

A quick dash to get out of the rain may prove costly for a fisherman.

A police officer on patrol on July 24th in Holley, Orleans County, came upon a scene where it appeared a person had slid into the Erie Canal: A bicycle on the canal bank, along with flip-flops, fishing poles and beer cans. Slide marks into the waterway were also visible.

The Holley police officer called for backup and authorities started searching the water about 1:30 a.m., said Orleans County emergency dispatchers.

Ultimately, about 65 people - New York State Police, the Orleans County sheriff's dive team and firefighters from five area departments - were involved.

Search boats were brought in, as were a tracking dog from Niagara County and a helicopter.

The search ended just after 6 a.m.