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DWI, other charges filed against woman

SHELDON -- An Attica woman was charged with drunken driving and other counts after nearly striking a Wyoming County sheriff's patrol car head-on early Saturday, according to reports.

Nell Westermeier, 20, of French Road, was eastbound on Route 20A at about 2:10 a.m., when she crossed into the oncoming lane and nearly struck a patrol car driven by Sheriff's Lt. Edward Till.

Till said he clocked her at 79 mph and pursued her about three miles into Varysburg, where she lost control on a curve, hit an embankment and became airborne for a short distance before crash-landing.

Westermeier was treated at the scene for minor injuries and then charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired by drugs, failure to comply with an officer, failure to keep right, unlawful possession of marijuana and two counts of speeding -- 80 mph in a 35-mph zone and 79 mph in a 55-mph zone.

Westermeier was released to her mother and is scheduled to appear Aug. 6 in Sheldon Town Court.

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Trial to start for man accused in attack on deputy

LITTLE VALLEY -- Jury selection in the trial of a Delevan man accused of attempted murder of a sheriff's deputy are to begin Tuesday in Cattaraugus County Court.

Michael Schrock, 39, handcuffed and shackled en route from court back to jail May 3, 2006, somehow freed one hand and slid through a small window in the Plexiglas partition of a patrol car, attacking Deputy Robert Neal, who was driving.

The deputy stopped the car as the two struggled and Neal managed to disable his weapon, which Schrock attempted to fire at him. Officers from five agencies chased Schrock in the patrol car to Erie County, where he hit a police spike strip, which flattened his tires and sent the car crashing into a tree.

District Attorney Edward M. Sharkey said psychiatric examinations from doctors for the prosecution and defense have found Schrock competent to stand trial.

Schrock, who's not been out of jail since the incident, discharged his first court-assigned attorney, Fern Adelstein. The court then appointed Stephen J. Wright to defend him.

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7 face charges linked to underage drinking

SHERMAN -- Seven young people were arrested on charges of underage possession of alcoholic beverages over the weekend on Waites Corners Road in the Town of Sherman near the grounds of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies report.

Issued appearance tickets after their arrests Friday evening were Alan J. Haynes, 20, of Front Avenue, Salamanca; Jeffery L. Maybee II, 20, of Summit Street, Salamanca; Danielle A. Woodcock, 19, of Wilson Street, Salamanca; Tyler P. Maynard, 20, of Milestrip Road, South Dayton; Lacy L. Press, 18, of Prospect Road, Forestville; P.N. Marsillo Jr., 18, of Bayview Road, Hamburg; and Sharon J. Ocal, 19, of Rosary Avenue, Lackawanna.

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Woman accused of leaving grandson home alone

A Floss Avenue woman was charged Sunday with leaving her 17-month-old grandson home alone for 3 1/2 hours while she attended a party, police reported.

Lisa L. Barlow, 40, was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said the boy did not appear to be injured, and Child Protective Services was notified.

Northeast District police said Barlow left the boy in his crib at about 7:30 p.m. Saturday and went across the street to a party. About 1 1/2 hours later, a family member checked in and found the child alone in his crib, crying, then took the child to a home on Deshler Street and called police.

Officers Darren Labedz and Tina Ferraro were waiting when Barlow finally returned to check on her grandson about 11 p.m. Police said she was intoxicated when they arrested her.

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