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ONE KILLED IN TWO-CAR CRASH ON CATTARAUGUS RESERVATION

A Gowanda man died Thursday evening in a two-car crash on Route 438 near Versailles Plank Road on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.

Malcolm J. Waring, 38, of Beech Street, was pronounced dead at the scene by an Erie County medical examiner.

The other driver, Jeffrey G. Leone, 23, of Grant Avenue, Dunkirk, was treated for a cut hand in Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.

One of Leone's passengers, William Jackson, 42, of Main Street, Dunkirk, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, with a broken left leg. Another passenger, Ricky Lopez, 28, of Dunkirk, was treated for a cut knee in Lake Shore Hospital.

Sheriff's accident investigators said Leone attempted to turn left into the Crossroads Smoke Shop and struck Waring's car head-on. He was charged with making an improper turn.

Man accused of stabbing
Fillmore Avenue deli owner

An Eagle Street man stabbed a Fillmore Avenue deli owner in the right arm Thursday night, authorities said.

Algumaei A. Mufeed told police that Jason Thomas, 39, entered his store in the 2200 block of Fillmore at 8:25 p.m. in an intoxicated state and began arguing with him before stabbing him with a kitchen knife, according to Northeast District Officers Aaron Young and Derrick Floyd.

Thomas, of the 600 block of Eagle, was charged with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Mufeed said he did not require hospitalization for his wound.

Lafayette Hotel manager
loses $65 to robber

A robber stole $65 from the manager of the Lafayette Hotel on Washington Street early today, authorities said.

Steve Lawton said the man entered the hotel at 3:10 a.m., asked him a question and then grabbed him by the shirt, according to Central District police.

Lawton allowed the thief to step behind the counter and open up the cash drawer and remove the money, police said. The thief then fled east on Clinton Street.

The robber was described as a black man in his mid 20s, 6 feet tall, dressed a multi-colored, short-sleeve shirt, faded jeans, a maroon hat and with paint stains on his hands and arms.

Man faces drug charge
after brief foot chase

A Herman Street man discarded several bags of crack cocaine when Buffalo Housing Authority police officers approached him Thursday night on Jefferson Avenue, authorities said.

After a brief foot chase behind the rear of a dwelling in the 400 block of Jefferson, Officers Judy Long and Ann Devaney caught Christopher Marshall, 24, of the 300 block of Herman.

The officers charged Marshall with criminal possession of eight bags of crack cocaine, which also were recovered.

2-time car thief admits guilt;
sentencing set for Nov. 21

Tyrone C. Coleman, 17, of Buffalo, pleaded guilty Thursday to the gunpoint thefts of two cars, both of which he crashed as police chased him.

Jailed since he crashed the second stolen car at Bailey and Walden avenues April 5, Coleman, of Loepere Street, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia to two counts of first-degree robbery.

Before remanding Coleman to jail pending his Nov. 21 sentencing, the judge told him and prosecutors Christopher Gresham and Brian M. Klebba that he will limit Coleman's prison term to 10 years.

Gresham and Klebba said police officers arrested Coleman when he crashed a stolen rental car at Fillmore Avenue and Stanislaus Street, minutes after he stole the vehicle at the point of a shotgun from a retired General Motors worker in the 1700 block of Broadway on Feb. 15.

Coleman was out on bail in that incident when he stole the second car April 5.

Woman gets probation
in welfare-fraud plea deal

An Amherst woman arrested Thursday on welfare-fraud charges pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct in North Tonawanda City Court after repaying the $2,629 she was accused of stealing from the Niagara County Social Services Department.

Carmela Smiraglia, 34, of Eggert Road, was sentenced to one year of probation by City Judge William Lewis. The former North Tonawanda resident was charged with grand larceny and two counts of offering a false instrument for filing. She is accused of illegally accepting $2,629 in welfare benefits from July through October 1998 without reporting all her financial resources.

Murderer adds to sentence
with assault on four guards

A Brooklyn murderer who pleaded guilty Thursday to assaulting four guards at the state's Wende Correctional Facility in Alden was told by a judge he will now have to wait until at least 2014 before he is even considered for parole.

Christopher Simpson, 37, pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree assault for the March 23 incident. Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico told Simpson that when he is sentenced Nov. 28, the judge will add five years to Simpson's current term, 26 years to life.

Simpson, who was convicted of murder in 1984, is currently incarcerated in Southport Correctional Facility near Elmira.

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