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Sheriff's deputy faces hearing over DWI arrest

An Erie County sheriff's road patrol deputy faces a departmental disciplinary hearing today due to his drunken driving arrest shortly after midnight Tuesday in Amherst.

Deputy Dan Milbrand will be suspended with pay pending a full departmental investigation of the incident, Undersheriff Mark N. Wipperman told The Buffalo News.

Amherst police did not disclose the street on which Milbrand, then off-duty, was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge. Police held him in detention for several hours before he was released. "Our job now is to conduct a full internal affairs investigation," the undersheriff said.

Milbrand could not be reached to comment.


Skateboarder struck by car in the Town of Tonawanda

A skateboarder was injured Tuesday after being struck by a sport utility vehicle on Sheridan Drive near Eggert Road in the Town of Tonawanda.

The collision occurred about 5 p.m., police said. The skateboarder, a 20-year-old man who suffered a head injury, may have been eating a taco while riding through traffic.


Boy rescued from rapids of Cazenovia Creek

Firefighters from the Winchester and Union fire companies rescued a teenage boy who was sucked into the Cazenovia Creek rapids about 7 p.m. Tuesday.

West Seneca police reported the boy and about a half dozen friends were playing in the rapids when one of the teens failed to surface.

Police reported he was in the water for about 20 minutes and was taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment. Police did not release the boy's name.


Marijuana trafficking leads to prison, $500 fine

A Buffalo man Tuesday was sentenced to 14 months in prison and fined $500 in U.S. District Court following his conviction on marijuana trafficking charges.

Joseph N. Holman was convicted of conspiracy to possess marijuana, with intent to distribute the drug.

Holman was accused of having participated with Sean McMorrow of Rochester and others in selling marijuana between 2004 and 2005. McMorrow, who was sentenced to two years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer on May 30, was at the time a professional hockey player for the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League.

As part of the conspiracy, federal prosecutors said, Holman possessed and distributed more than 80 pounds of marijuana.

He also recruited and supervised two drug couriers to transport marijuana from Canada into Western New York, the officials said.


Hearing held for man accused of beating up boxer

LOCKPORT -- A prosecutor said Tuesday she will seek a first-degree assault indictment this week against a Town of Niagara man who allegedly beat up a professional boxer in a May 12 fight over a woman.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann made the statement during a Niagara County Court bail hearing for Michael P. Vicki, 30, of Portland Street.

Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas set bail at $50,000 for Vicki, who is charged with inflicting cuts that took more than 200 stitches to repair when he beat junior welterweight contender Nick Casal, 21, in the head with an unknown metal object.

Defense attorney Damon A. DeCastro said Casal, a Niagara Falls resident, took a taxi to Vicki's house and started the incident.

Vicki told police he struck Casal in self-defense, but Hoffmann said she has two eyewitnesses who deny that.


Covert video camera leads to surveillance charge

An East Otto man was jailed Tuesday in the Erie County Holding Center after sheriff's deputies charged him with allegedly setting up a covert video camera in the women's bathroom at a business at 1534 Main St. in the Village of North Collins.

Benjamin K. Kreutter, 51, was arrested by Deputies Brendan Connolly and Anthony Yavicoli at noontime Tuesday.

As a result of a 911 complaint, deputies investigated the business and found Kreutter had allegedly set up a covert video camera to surreptitiously record a female co-worker in the ladies room of the business.

He is charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, a felony offense.


Lancaster trustee released from hospital after crash

Lancaster Village Trustee Edward Marki was released Monday night from Erie County Medical Center after receiving treatment for back and neck injuries he suffered in a chain-reaction crash while on his way to Village Hall for the Village Board meeting.

Marki, 42, was stopped while driving on Transit Road, near Pleasant View Drive, at 5:30 p.m. when he was struck from behind, Lancaster Police Chief Gerald J. Gill Jr. said Tuesday. The impact sent Marki's vehicle into the rear of the vehicle in front of him.

The 18-year-old who said he drove into Marki's vehicle after briefly looking down at the car radio was ticketed for following too closely, Gill reported.