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GIRL KILLED, MOTHER HURT WHEN HIT BY CAR WHILE WALKING

WHITESVILLE -- A 17-year-old girl walking along a country road with her mother was killed when a car struck both of them Tuesday morning.

Janet Stoltzfus of Whitesville was pronounced dead at the scene at about 11 a.m., State Police at Wellsville said.

The girl's mother, Tammy K. Stoltzfus, 38, was treated in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville. The driver of the car, Samantha R. Plaisted, 18, of Whitesville, also was treated in Jones and released.

Troopers said Plaisted was northbound on Heselton Gully Road when she lost control of her car on a curve. An investigation is continuing.

DWI driver is sentenced
to weekend jail time

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Randolph man will spend weekends in jail for four months for his conviction of driving while intoxicated.

Barry D. Slater, 53, of Sheldon Street, was sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court to four months of weekends in the county jail, five years' probation including six months of electronic monitoring, and fined $4,000 for his guilty plea to driving while intoxicated on Sept. 10 in Randolph.

Joshua K. Crist, 20, no known address, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, five years probation and must pay restitution to be determined for his guilty plea to third-degree burglary April 12 at Quality Market in Randolph when money and other items were stolen.

Sentencing was set for August for others who entered guilty pleas.

Edward A. Timblin, 53, of Great Valley pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and driving without a license, Dec. 30 in Ashford.

Shawn M. Kemp, 20, of Wellsville pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted forgery, Feb. 20 in Olean.

DA's office probes gunfire
at Transit Police outing

Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark confirmed Tuesday that his office is investigating an incident in which gunfire erupted at an outing earlier this month in Blasdell staged by the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority's Metro Transit Police.

Clark said his office is looking into the firing of "a number of shots" by an individual who was subdued by fellow partygoers but not arrested. The investigation is expected to be completed by the end of the week, Clark said.

The district attorney emphasized that no one was injured in the June 8 incident but declined to provide further details.

Clark said Blasdell police referred the case to his office.

NFTA Executive Director Lawrence M. Meckler and the agency's administrative staff have been informed of the inquiry and have cooperated with the district attorney's office, Clark said.

12 homeless after blaze hits
apartments, medical center

YOUNGSTOWN -- Twelve people were left homeless Tuesday after an early morning fire caused extensive damage to an apartment building and medical center on Church Street, Niagara County sheriff's officials said.

Shortly before 6 a.m., two passers-by reported smoke coming from the building at 241 Church St., which houses the Youngstown Family Medicine Center and six apartments on the second floor, sheriff's officials said.

An investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing. No damage estimates were available Tuesday.

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