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Hume man, 49, is accused of sex attack on juvenile

HUME A Town of Hume man is being held on charges he had sex with a child younger than 14.

Gary L. Russell, 49, was arrested by state police over the weekend and charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, aggravated sexual act and child endangerment.

He is being held in the Allegany County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash or a $50,000 bail bond.


Though car went airborne, driver escapes uninjured

STOCKTON -- A Bear Lake Road man escaped injury Monday when his car went airborne and crashed into a ditch before coming to rest on its top.

Daniel Clever was charged with speed not reasonable and prudent following the crash just before 6 p.m.

Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies on patrol on James Road said the two-door sedan, traveling at a high rate of speed as it approached a small bridge with an elevated bump in the roadway, went airborne, crossing the roadway and crashing into a ditch and overturning.


Police continue search for suspect in homicide

Buffalo homicide detectives Monday continued to search for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a city man on East Ferry Street between Fillmore Avenue and Kehr Street at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Hassan Jabbar, 25, was taken to Erie County Medical Center but died shortly after arriving, said Dennis J. Richards, chief of detectives. The suspect in the shooting was described only as a black male with red hair and wearing a blue shirt. Police believe the victim knew his attacker.


CPR skills a lifesaver in Alden near-drowning

An Alden mother trained in CPR saved her 6-year-old daughter Sunday evening after the little girl was pulled out of the family's backyard pool unresponsive and not breathing, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies and emergency crews responded to the family's Sandridge Road home shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday, after being told that the girl had been underwater for some time before she was pulled out.


Four in jail on charges tied to meth lab explosion

ANDOVER -- Four people were arrested, including one person briefly hospitalized with burns, after an explosion Saturday night in an Allegany County trailer where police suspect methamphetamine was being manufactured.

The explosion and fire on County Road 22 was reported at 9:18 p.m., state police said Monday. Burn victim Michael Baum, 26, was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, where he was treated for first- and second-degree burns and smoke inhalation, troopers said. Baum is now in jail along with Steven M. Weiss, 22; Elizabeth K. Martin, 21; and Angie M. Matison, 34, all of Andover.

They are all charged with felony counts of unlawful manufacture of methamphetamine and criminal possession of precursors of methamphetamine, and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of methamphetamine manufacturing material.

The explosion and fire caused extensive damage to the east side of the trailer, troopers said.


Aggravated DWI charge lodged in traffic arrest

HANOVER -- A Fredonia woman was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated early Monday, accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.18 percent, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

Deputies stopped a vehicle driven by Brittany L. Peterson, 21, at about 1:20 a.m. at Routes 5 and 20 in the Town of Hanover, after her vehicle had been seen crossing the white fog line multiple times, authorities said.

Peterson was charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and crossing hazard markings, according to police.


Two facing charges after high-speed chase

TOWN OF PERRY -- Two men are facing charges following a high-speed chase early Sunday.

Wesley L. Goeras, 22, of Silver Springs, remains jailed in Wyoming County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $50,000 bail bond on charges including felony driving while intoxicated, felony aggravated unlicensed driving and unlawfully fleeing a police officer.

Andrew J. Karlsons, 20, of Caledonia, the owner of the car driven by Goeras, was charged with facilitating aggravated unlicense driving. The car was towed from the scene of the arrest, at Oakta and West Lake roads, at about 3 a.m.


Description released in thefts from vehicles

TOWN OF BATAVIA -- The Genesee County Sheriff's Office on Monday released a description of the person believed responsible for the thefts from unlocked vehicles in the town during the past several weeks.

The thief is described as a male more than 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. His vehicle was described as a darker blue Chevrolet Cobalt with a rear spoiler.

Contact the Sheriff's Office at (585) 343-5000.