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FIVE INJURED IN CRASH BLAMED ON DRUNKEN DRIVING

GREAT VALLEY -- A Cattaraugus man was charged with speeding and drunken driving after his car left the road and crashed into a house, injuring five people.

Nathaniel V. Lincoln, 22, of East Otto Road was arrested by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies following the accident shortly before 5:30 a.m. Sunday on Summerville Valley Road. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding and failure to keep right.

Deputies said Lincoln's speeding southbound car hit a fence, traveled through a field and struck a house occupied by the Joseph Friel family. Two vehicles parked in the driveway were also damaged.

Friel said he was awakened by the crash, which extensively damaged the house and its foundation. No occupants of the house were injured.

Ambulances from Great Valley, Ellicottville and West Valley transferred Lincoln and four passengers in his car to area hospitals.

Lincoln, suffering from head and arm injuries, Conner P. Kell, 19, leg injuries, and Kelly J. Farrell, 19, abrasions, were treated in Bertrand Chaffee Hospital in Springville. Their conditions were unavailable. Stephen R. Weir, 30, and Peter T. Smith, 29, were treated for lacerations in Olean General Hospital, then released. Addresses of the passengers were not available.

Man gets 15 years to life
as a repeat offender

MAYVILLE -- Scott Saracina was sentenced recently to 15 years to life in prison for assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Saracina, 41, formerly of Chautauqua County, was found guilty of assaulting a Fredonia woman in March 2000, forcing her into the trunk of his car and driving to Ohio. Acting Chautauqua County Court Judge Stephen Cass sentenced Saracina as a persistent felon.

Assistant District Attorney William "Billy" Coughlin said Saracina was convicted of robbery in North Carolina in 1980 and served a year in jail. He also was convicted of attempted assault in Buffalo in 1992.

Woman charged with DWI
after car ends up in ditch

A Salamanca woman was charged with driving while intoxicated Saturday after her car went into a ditch on Broadway Road in Gowanda.

Kerry A. John, 27, of Center Road was arrested around 3 a.m. by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and also charged with failure to stay in lane.

She was released without bail to appear in Persia Town Court July 3.

Mansfield resident accused
of lodging false theft report

MANSFIELD -- An Erdman Hill Road man will appear in Town Court to explain whey he reported his car stolen when in fact it had not been, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

Jeffrey M. Fisher, 29, was arrested Sunday and charged with making a false written statement after an incident June 9.

N. Tonawandan is fugitive
after skipping sentencing

BELMONT -- David W. Banko, 43, North Tonawanda, became a fugitive from Allegany County on Friday when he failed to show up for sentencing in county court.

Assistant District Attorney John A. Cappellini said Judge James E. Euken signed an arrest warrant for Banko when he skipped his date to be sentenced on a felony conviction of driving while intoxicated.

Cappellini said Banko had pleaded guilty to the charge April 23, satisfying that count and one of first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

Banko had been stopped July 2 on Route 243 in Rushford and was found to be drunk and driving without benefit of a license, Cappellini said.

The Sheriff's Department said Sunday that Banko remained at large.

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