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Driver swerves to miss deer, is injured

An Otto woman was injured in a one-vehicle crash Saturday in the Town of East Otto, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies reported.

Ann M. Whittrock, 30, lost control of her vehicle about 4 a.m. on Bowen Road near Westfall Road when she swerved to miss a deer and ran off the road into the ditch.

Whittrock suffered facial and hand injuries and was transported to Bertrand Chaffee Hospital for treatment.

She was issued a citation for an unsafe lane change and will appear in East Otto Town Court.

Mercy Hospital unit ranked high in study

A recently released study named Mercy Hospital of Buffalo one of America's "100 Top Hospital Intensive Care Units."

The study, published by Solucient Leadership Institute, a private provider of health care information, included data from 1,200 hospitals with ICUs and is one of the first comparative analyses of ICU performance among the nation's top hospitals, stated a Catholic Health System release.

The study was based on 1998 and 1999 hospital data and analyzed three sets of patients: those with particular medical diagnoses that commonly result in an ICU admission, such as a heart attack or stroke; those with surgical procedures who are admitted to an ICU after an operation; and ICU admissions in which the patients were on a life-support ventilator for four or more days.

2 sentenced for daylight store robbery

Two men who staged a daylight stickup at McCrory's on Fillmore Avenue last summer were sentenced Friday.

Because of his prior criminal record, Antwann Robinson, 21, of Woodlawn Avenue, was sentenced to two to four years in state prison by State Supreme Court Justice Ronald H. Tills.

Wiley Caver, also 21, of Hewitt Avenue, a first-time offender, was released from custody after the judge sentenced him to an eight-month prison term and five years' probation.

Jailed since police arrested them behind McCrory's about 11 a.m. June 21, the two were convicted Dec. 21 of third-degree robbery for taking $109 from the store manager.

Prosecutor Frederick J. Platek said three employees who were unnerved when the two hooded defendants walked in about 10:40 a.m. ran outside and flagged down police. The money was recovered.

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