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Roll-over accident puts Panama teen in hospital

CLYMER -- A Panama teen was taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown for treatment of injuries suffered in a roll-over accident on Allen Road about 3:30 p.m. Friday, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported.

Officers said Kristin R. Seekings, 17, of Weeks Road, managed to get out of the vehicle on her own after she lost control on a curve, went off the highway backward and rolled end over end. She was charged with speeding and failure to keep right.


Jury convicts ex-con in attack with hammer

A Buffalo ex-con could be heading back to prison after a jury convicted him Friday of second-degree assault for attacking a friend with a hammer after he spilled beer on a couch while they were watching a hockey game last Dec. 21.

Gregory Hill, 47, who served about four years in state prison on a 1998 Buffalo burglary conviction, just lowered his head as the jury of six women and six men found him guilty for the attack on his former friend Brian Dudas, 45, while a group of people were watching the Sabres on television in his Plymouth Avenue home. Dudas, a truck driver, was hospitalized about six months after the incident.

Prosecutor Christopher H. Gresham said Hill, who has been jailed since the night of the incident, faces a prison term of five to seven years when he is sentenced Feb. 8.


Motorcyclist in crash faces DWI, other charges

LE ROY -- A Le Roy man faces several charges, including driving while intoxicated, in connection with a late-July crash with his motorcycle that injured a female passenger, Genesee County sheriff's deputies announced Thursday.

Ronald W. Braaten, 50, is scheduled to appear in Le Roy Town Court Dec. 3 on felony vehicular assault charges as well as DWI and unsafe lane change counts.

Braaten was operating his 1983 Harley-Davidson when he lost control and it overturned on South Street Road in Le Roy at about 2:30 a.m. July 22.

Braaten suffered minor injuries. His passenger, Barbara J. Walters, 47, was seriously injured.

A subsequent police investigation revealed Braaten allegedly was intoxicated, police said.


Man, 82, charged in threat to neighbor

WHEATFIELD -- An elderly man was charged with harassment Thursday and accused of threatening to shoot his neighbor. The two neighbors have been at odds since the elderly man poisoned the other man's dog with antifreeze-laced tuna fish during the summer.

Edwin Wilk, 82, of Sy Road, was charged with harassment by Niagara County sheriff's deputies. Wilk was accused of threatening to shoot his neighbor if the neighbor didn't fix Wilk's tire.

Wilk told deputies he believes the neighbor has been throwing nails and screws in his driveway for the past month after he poisoned his dog. Wilk has said he was trying to kill a skunk, but his neighbor's dog got into his yard and ate the poisoned fish.

Wilk told deputies that he was cutting his lawn and a staple went into his tire, which went flat, and then he called his neighbor because he was upset.


2 accused of motel stay without permission

NEWFANE -- Burglary and other charges are pending against two men who stayed in a Lockport-Olcott Road motel without permission on Thursday.

The owner of the Lake Ontario Motel told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that the men caused $100 damage to a door lock. He said he also had found some cash missing from the cash drawer.

He told deputies the men entered by removing a screen, and when he found them in the room, they jumped out the window and fled.

Deputies located the two suspects, identified as Mario C. Renya and Joseph D. Crosby, no ages or addresses available. The men were charged with burglary, criminal mischief, petit larceny and theft of services, according to reports.

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