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Eden High senior injured in accidental shooting

Eden police are investigating the accidental shooting of an 18-year-old Eden High School senior during target practice at about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at his Jennings Road home.

Sgt. Shawn Bishop confirmed that the boy, shot in the abdomen, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in serious condition in the trauma unit.

Bishop, who said the matter is under investigation, would not comment on reports that the boy was shot by his brother.


1 driver hurt, 1 ticketed in Middlebury collision

MIDDLEBURY -- A Batavia woman was hospitalized, and a Le Roy woman was ticketed for running a stop sign after their cars collided at about 8:15 p.m. Monday at East Bethany and West Middlebury roads, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office reported Tuesday.

Patricia E. Chaya, 48, of East Main Street, Batavia, was taken to United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, for treatment of multiple injuries, and Rebecca A. Tallman, 21, of Telephone Road, Le Roy, was ticketed for failing to yield at a stop sign after her car, headed east on West Middlebury, struck Chaya's car, which was headed south on East Bethany.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by units of the Wyoming Fire Department and Medic 80. An investigation of the crash continues.


Four from Brooklyn held in stolen property scheme

COVINGTON -- Three women and a man, all from Brooklyn, are being held in the Wyoming County Jail in Warsaw in connection with a series of recent Erie County store thefts, after their speeding car was stopped by state troopers Saturday morning on State Route 63.

Being held on stolen property charges are: Reynaldo Meyers, 27; Andrea Gomez, 20; Sasha Rivera, 28; and Laura Clark, 28.

When state police searched their car, they found a large quantity of new merchandise, including jewelry, electronics and clothing, all in bags but with no store receipts.

State police said an investigation revealed that the four had gone to a number of Erie County stores and made purchases with other people's credit cards.

Meyers is charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and first-degree scheme to defraud. The three women are charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Clark also is charged with second-degree criminal impersonation. After being arraigned in Warsaw Town Court, all four were jailed in lieu of $30,000 bail each.

The investigation is continuing, troopers said.


Man gets 2- to 4-year term for theft from lumber yard

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Great Valley man was ordered by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on Monday to serve two to four years in state prison on his felony burglary conviction.

Douglas Reed, 28, broke into the Donver Lumber Yard in Kill Buck on April 28, 2011.

Sheriff's deputies recovered several hundred pounds of copper that had been stolen by Reed and others.

Reed was sentenced as a second felony offender, prosecutors said.


West Seneca woman, 40, sentenced in identity theft

LITTLE VALLEY -- A West Seneca woman was ordered by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein on Monday to serve two to four years in prison as a second felony offender on her conviction on grand larceny and attempted identity theft counts.

District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Lisa M. Wisniewski, 40, was convicted of using another's identity and to steal more than $3,000 worth of property in the Town of Ellicottville last summer.

Wisniewski is being held in the Erie County Holding Center in Buffalo on similar allegations, Rieman said.


Buffalo police make arrests in two separate shootings

A shooting Monday evening at May and Genesee streets and a shooting early last week on Oakmont Avenue have both ended in arrests, Buffalo police said.

Christopher Pratt, 22, of the 1100 block of East Ferry Street, was arrested at an East Lovejoy Street home Tuesday.

He is accused of shooting a 21-year-old man at about 6:15 p.m. Monday.

The victim was treated in Erie County Medical Center and later released. Pratt was charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

In the 7:30 p.m. May 15 shooting on the 100 block of Oakmont, Northeast District detectives arrested city resident Quincy Balance, 28, and charged him with assault and criminal possession of a weapon.

He allegedly shot a 39-year-old man, who was also treated in ECMC and released.

Buffalo police continue to investigate other recent shootings.

Anyone with information on any of those crimes is asked to call or text the department's confidential TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit information via the "Report a Tip" function on the department's website,