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Man, 19, accused of giving drugs to 14-year-old girl

COVINGTON -- A 19-year-old man faces drug and child endangerment charges for allegedly providing drugs to a 14-year-old girl in his home Thursday evening, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

Colton L. Dieter was arrested Friday by Deputy Michael A. Bentham and state troopers, and was ordered held in the County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.

He was charged with third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly providing the drugs to the younger teen. The Sheriff's Office did not disclose the drugs involved in the arrest.


Gowanda man charged with DWI, pot possession

GOWANDA -- A Gowanda man was charged with drunken driving, unlawful possession of marijuana and faulty taillights on his car when he was stopped by state police on Aldriche Street at about 4:20 a.m. Saturday.

Timothy T. Smith, 30, who troopers said recorded a blood-alcohol level of 0.13 percent, was ordered to appear in Collins Town Court on May 23.


SUV collides with bus carrying Dunkirk students

GERRY -- State police late Monday continued to investigate the collision of a sport utility vehicle and a school bus carrying 25 members of the Dunkirk High School girls track team to a meet at Southwestern High School.

The crash occurred just before 4 p.m. on Route 60, between Gerry Levant and Terry roads.

Twenty-seven people were taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., for checkups. Troopers had not released their conditions as of Monday night.


Alden man, 25, arraigned in home invasion, rape

An Alden man was arraigned Monday on charges he raped and sodomized a 22-year-old woman during a Dec. 15, 2011, home invasion in the town.

Samuel Muscarella, 25, of Seabrook Drive, is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of burglary and six counts of aggravated harassment, said Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

If convicted on all counts, Muscarella faces up to 50 years to life in prison, Sedita said.


Gunfire kills 1, wounds 1, misses intended victim

One man was killed and another was wounded when at least 20 gunshots were fired shortly after 1 a.m. Monday at Jefferson Avenue and East North Street. The gunfire was aimed at an intended victim who escaped unharmed, Buffalo police reported.

The man who was slain, believed to be in his 20s, was found on the street with multiple wounds to the head, upper body and lower body.

The wounded person was found in a backyard on nearby Earl Place after being struck in the upper right thigh, according to police reports. He was treated in Erie County Medical Center and released.

Officers recovered 20 spent shell casings at the scene.

The shooting came after the slaying Saturday afternoon of city tow-truck operator Corddaryl Henley, 25, and a shooting Sunday in which several shots were fired into a vehicle at Jefferson Avenue and Best Street.

In the latter case, the driver, 25-year-old Brandon Dobbs, was shot in the upper left arm. He drove himself to Buffalo General Medical Center and later was transferred to ECMC, where he was in fair condition Monday night.

Anyone with information on any of these cases is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous tip line at 847-2255, or send the information via the "Report a Tip" function at


Hamburg man arrested in ex-girlfriend's assault

A 22-year-old Hamburg man has been arrested on multiple charges after being accused of pushing his ex-girlfriend to the ground and stomping on her hand over the weekend, state police at Boston reported.

Nathaniel S. Rivera showed up, uninvited, at the woman's Town of Boston residence at noon Saturday, in violation of a stay-away order of protection, according to police reports. The two began to argue, and police say Rivera refused her request to leave before he assaulted her.

Rivera drove the woman to the Mercy Ambulatory Center in Orchard Park, where she asked the staff to call police. Troopers Ronald Wolf and Timothy Roof responded and found Rivera in the parking lot, where he was arrested.

Criminal contempt, third-degree assault and criminal mischief are among the charges lodged against Rivera, police said.


Buffalo man sentenced to 10 years in heroin case

A Buffalo man convicted of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison and three years of supervised released by Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Leonard Allen Jr., 50, was arrested in August 2010 by Erie County sheriff's narcotics detectives after they observed the exchange of money for a quantity of heroin in the Kensington-Fillmore area of the city, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas S. Duszkiewicz, who handled the case.