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Ignition interlock law applied in traffic stop

A Buffalo man pulled over in Cheektowaga on Wednesday night was charged under a recently enacted state law that requires anyone convicted of driving while intoxicated to have an ignition interlock device installed on his car, Cheektowaga police said.

Osvaldo Garcia, 38, who was stopped at about 7:30 p.m. on Union Road, was supposed to have an ignition interlock device on his car, which he did not. The device helps ensure the driver is sober when the vehicle is started. Garcia was charged with the misdemeanor offenses and released on cash bail for future arraignment.

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Parking lot disturbance leads to arrest of man

An apparent domestic disturbance in the parking lot of a convenience store on Main Street in Clarence on Jan. 18 has resulted in an Amherst man being charged with attempted robbery, Erie County sheriff's officials reported.

Luigi V. DiGiacomo, 27, was taken to the Erie County Holding Center on various charges, including attempted robbery, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property.

DiGiacomo initially was arrested after the 10 p.m. incident that night on assault, menacing and possession of a hypodermic instrument along with driving with a suspended license. Authorities then learned he had several stolen items, including two pellet guns and a wig and makeup that were taken from three separate Clarence stores.

Authorities said they learned DiGiacomo apparently was preparing to rob the store where police responded for the domestic incident.

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Ex-owner of company admits to payroll crimes

The former owner of a Buffalo company has pleaded guilty in federal court to failing to pay the company's payroll taxes and mishandling of his employees' retirement contributions, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Thursday.

Lawrence E. Davis, 56, who currently lives in Tampa, Fla., faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he appears May 18 before Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.

Davis, whose company, Digitel Solutions for Business, closed in 2004, admitted that he failed to turn over $112,937 in payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service in 2002 and 2003. He also admitted that he wrongfully converted $17,838 in employee 401(k) contributions. Under terms of his plea agreement, he agreed to repay the IRS and the employees with interest.

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Three-car crash in Depew leads to DWI, other charges

A Williamsville man faces charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an injury accident after a three-car crash about 7 a.m. Friday at Transit Road and George Urban Boulevard, Depew police said.

Curtis D. Alford, 30, is accused of attempting to flee the scene on foot after striking another vehicle, police said. Officers followed footprints in the snow for about a mile on George Urban until they found Alford, police said.

Alford was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle and refusal to submit to a breath test. Police said one person suffered minor injuries and required no hospitalization.

The names of the other two drivers were not available.

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Olean man, 74, dies in remote area of Pa.

OLEAN -- A 74-year-old Olean man who disappeared Wednesday was found Friday morning in a remote wooded area of Venango County, Pa.

However, Frederic Seamans died while en route to the hospital, Olean City police said.

Foul play is not suspected.

Police said Seamans' pickup was found by Pennsylvania state police about 7:30 a.m. Friday on Dennison Road. About three hours later, Seamans was found in the wooded area.

Rescuers had trouble accessing Seamans because of the weather and remote location where he was found, police said.

He died while attempts were being made to get him to the hospital, according to authorities.

Seamans was last seen in Shippenville, Pa., about 60 miles south-southwest of Warren, Pa., late Wednesday, according to reports.

Seamans may have suffered from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, authorities said.

His wife reported him missing in Olean on Wednesday.

An investigation is continuing.

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Guilty plea entered to child porn production

A North Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Friday to producing child pornography images featuring a three-year-old, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported.

Erik Kopczynski, 32, who was investigated by agents from the Buffalo FBI office, pleaded guilty to a felony count of production of child pornography.

The conviction carries a minimum sentence of 15 years, prosecutor Russell T. Ippolito Jr. said.

The FBI began investigating, and at times, followed Kopczynski last year after receiving a tip that he possessed child porn images on his computer, authorities said

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