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>Third man admits guilt in 2005 Olcott beating

LOCKPORT -- An Olcott man who was to go to trial on assault charges Monday in Niagara County Court pleaded guilty instead.

Brian Moreland, 19, of West Main Street, admitted to second-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing March 20 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Moreland is the third defendant to admit guilt in the July 8, 2005, beating of Danie Wescott on an Olcott street.

Joseph Farns, 19, of Van Buren Street, and Saith Shine, 26, of East Main Street, both had pleaded guilty to the same charge as Moreland. Prosecutors said Wescott, whose son had been involved in an altercation with Moreland earlier in the day, was kicked and punched into unconsciousness.


>Driver admits drug use in traffic fatality

A Williamsville man admitted being under the influence of cocaine and marijuana when he killed a Buffalo woman in a two-car crash last summer.

Robert Endler, 29, of Sprucewood Drive, pleaded guilty before Erie County Judge Shirley Troutman to charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and driving while his ability was impaired by drugs.

Prosecutor Jeffrey Hagen said Endler caused the death of Tina McCarthy, 43, in the crash at Eggert Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst about 3:45 p.m. Aug. 15.

Endler was allowed to remain free on $15,000 bail pending his April 11 sentencing. He faces a prison term of up to seven years.

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