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Sentencing in '09 slaying adjourned until April 23

Adrian L. Traylor's manslaughter sentencing Monday in State Supreme Court for the fatal shooting of Larry Crosland on Aug. 12, 2009, was adjourned for a third time.

Traylor will now be sentenced in federal court April 23, and then the following day in County Court.

He faces up to 25 years in prison for shooting Crosland, who Traylor said was an unintended victim killed by bullets fired a block away that were intended as a warning to others with whom he was in a dispute.


Falls man pleads not guilty in DWI hit-and-run case

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man officially entered a not guilty plea in a hit-and-run case Monday, but his statements to the judge didn't sound like denials.

"This should never have happened, but it did," William G. Andrakulic Jr., 57, of Elderberry Drive, told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas at his arraignment on felony charges of driving while intoxicated and driving while impaired by a combination of alcohol and drugs, along with leaving the scene, failure to yield and unlicensed driving.

Andrakulic was arrested Jan. 30 after a collision on Pine Avenue in the Falls. It was his 11th DWI arrest, Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said.

Defense attorney John J. Mattio said Andrakulic hadn't been arrested since 2007, but he left a methadone program shortly before the accident.

"The state gave it up and gave it to a private organization. They wanted $500 a month," said Andrakulic, who added that he tried to quit methadone "cold turkey."


Four injured in crash after driver falls asleep

SHELDON -- Four people suffered injuries Sunday evening in the Town of Sheldon when the driver of a vehicle fell asleep and crashed on Route 20A, according to Wyoming County sheriff's deputies.

Brito Segura, deputies said, was driving westbound when he nodded off and his car drifted across the road, struck a culvert and became airborne before crashing onto a driveway at about 6:40 p.m.

Mercy Flight airlifted two passengers to Buffalo hospitals.

Ines Segura was flown to Erie County Medical Center with head and internal injuries, and Maria Segura was flown to Women & Children's Hospital with internal injuries.

Brito Segura and Maria Albertos were transported by ambulance to ECMC. Segura suffered chest injuries and Albertos suffered an ankle injury.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by Varysburg Fire and Rescue, North Java Fire and Rescue, Monroe Ambulance, and Rural/Metro Medical Services.


Man, 46, charged with DWI after leaving traffic court

RIPLEY -- A 46-year-old Ripley man is going back to court, and this time he's facing a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Last week, as Wendell P. Mason stood trial on vehicle and traffic charges, state troopers from the Fredonia barracks said they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on him during the trial.

After court, troopers saw him driving his vehicle and stopped him in the Village of Fredonia. He was charged with DWI, and state police say he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent.


Fire quickly extinguished in Silver Creek home

SILVER CREEK -- Fire crews quickly doused a blaze in a room in a house on Jackson Avenue at about 6 a.m. Monday.

Two adults and two dogs were evacuated. The fire remains under investigation.


Driver on Hertel charged under Leandra's Law

A man was arrested under Leandra's Law last weekend after he was pulled over at Hertel Avenue and Laforce Place for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on Hertel, Buffalo police said.

James D. Brooks, 59, was stopped by police shortly before 1 a.m. Friday. He had two passengers, including a 15-year-old.

His blood-alcohol content level was 0.20 percent -- two-and-a-half times the legal limit.

Police officers said they also smelled marijuana in the car and found a lit marijuana cigarette on the floor in the front of the vehicle.

Brooks was charged under Leandra's Law, which makes it a felony to drive under the influence of alcohol with a child 15 or under in the car, along with other driving violations and misdemeanor counts of marijuana possession and endangering the welfare of a child.


Jamestown man involved in fight faces drug charge

CHAUTAUQUA -- Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies were called to a fight at about 7 p.m. Saturday on Elmwood Road in the Town of Chautauqua and wound up arresting one of the combatants on a drug count.

Jody L. Crissman II, 20, of Newland Avenue, Jamestown, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was given a ticket to appear in Chautauqua Town Court.