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Motorcyclist in crash remains hospitalized

SILVER CREEK -- A Hamburg man remained hospitalized in Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday night, more than a day after his motorcycle crashed on Hanover Road.

A condition for Leonard Mann, 52, of Mount Vernon Boulevard, was unavailable Tuesday, but he was in a regular hospital room.

Mann was northbound on Hanover Road at about 6 p.m. Monday when he struck gravel on the shoulder of the road, lost control and crashed, suffering what the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office described as a serious foot injury. He was taken to ECMC by helicopter, deputies said.


Gunman on bicycle shoots man in leg outside store

A University Heights man suffered a minor gunshot wound to the left leg late Monday outside a grocery store at Broadway and Sweet Avenue, authorities said Tuesday.

Dequam Simmions told police an "unknown person" approached him on a bicycle and shot him before fleeing north on Sweet toward Sycamore Street. Simmions, age unavailable, was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance to Erie County Medical Center, where he was treated and later released.


Guilty plea entered to cocaine trafficking

A Jonesboro, Ga., man pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to a cocaine trafficking charge that could keep him behind bars for a year.

Louis Manuel Jr., 32, also faces a fine of up to $100,000 when he is sentenced Sept. 7.

Manuel was one of 20 suspects arrested in May 2011 for their alleged involvement in a multistate, multi-kilogram cocaine distribution network operating between Buffalo and Houston, Texas.

He is the third defendant convicted in the case. His brother, David, recently pleaded guilty before Arcara to a cocaine possession charge.

Louis Manual shipped a package containing a quantity of cocaine from Atlanta to Buffalo at the request of his brother and co-defendant last year, prosecutors said.


Bennett Beach road check results in four arrests

Erie County sheriff's deputies arrested four people at a road check Monday night of Memorial Day crowds leaving Bennett Beach in Evans.

Sean P. Brogan, 19, of West Seneca, was charged with driving while intoxicated after failing sobriety tests at the park exit, deputies said. Brogan, who reportedly registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.10 percent, was released on appearance tickets.

A short time later, three people were arrested on misdemeanor charges after deputies reported they noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from their vehicle.

Michael A. Giordano, 31, and Matthew L. Ortiz, 22, both of Buffalo, and Kayla A. Fiel, 19, of Grand Island, were charged with possession of marijuana and of a controlled substance -- identified by deputies as cocaine -- and endangering the welfare of a child. Deputies said they tried to conceal the marijuana in the clothing of a 3-year-old girl in the vehicle.

Giordano and Fiel were released on tickets to appear in Evans Town Court, while Ortiz was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending an identity check. The child was turned over to her mother, deputies said, and a report was filed with Child Protective Services.


Second guilty plea entered in robbery and slaying

LOCKPORT -- A second defendant in the robbery and murder of a Niagara University student has pleaded guilty, Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Tuesday.

Cordero R. Gibson, 20, of Niagara Falls, admitted Friday to first-degree manslaughter. County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas promised to sentence him to no more than 18 years in prison when he returns to court Aug. 22.

The sentencing for co-defendant Gordon N. Jackson, 18, of Lockport Street, Niagara Falls, also has been moved to that date. Jackson pleaded guilty May 18 to second-degree murder and was promised a sentencing cap of 21 years to life.

Jackson shot Brandon Johnson, 20, of Rochester, to death in the victim's University Court apartment Dec. 8. Gibson drove Jackson to the scene and was present for the robbery attempt, Hoffmann said.


Jail sentence stayed in signboards case

LOCKPORT -- The 15-day jail sentence for a Town of Lockport businessman, twice convicted of violating the town's law against video signboards, has been stayed until Sept. 24.

Frank T. Housh, attorney for auto repair shop owner David J. Mongielo, said Tuesday that Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III has scheduled oral arguments on the appeal for Sept. 7.

Housh said he will challenge both of Mongielo's convictions as well as the constitutionality of the sign law.

Town Justice Raymond E. Schilling, who convicted Mongielo in a pair of nonjury trials in 2010 and 2011, imposed the jail time because Mongielo violated a conditional discharge on his first conviction by violating the law again. Mongielo was to have reported to jail May 17, but the sentence was stayed.