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Cattle rustler sobs, apologizes at sentencing

A former Springville farmer broke down crying Friday as he faced the last of four sentencings for cattle rustling.

Scott Taylor, 37, of Sharp Street, who is already serving prison time, apologized and began crying as State Supreme Court Justice Ronald H. Tills imposed a one- to three-year prison term for the theft of 15 dairy calves from farms in Wales, Holland, Eden, Marilla and North Collins in recent years.

Taylor, who has been jailed since spring, received prison terms in four counties for thefts in Erie, Cattaraugus, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Authorities said Taylor stole more than 300 calves.

The sentences will run concurrently.


Indictments issued for 2 in dismemberment case

Edwin Gimenez and Angel Rosa have been indicted in connection with the grisly strangulation and dismemberment of Rosa's mother, Madeline Irene.

The action came to light Friday when prosecutors canceled an evidence hearing because the grand jury had issued indictments.

The prosecutors declined to comment on the charges, saying the indictments have yet to be handed up to a superior court judge.

Gimenez, 50, and Rosa, 15, are expected to be arraigned on the indictment charges next week.

Police have reported that Angel Rosa, who is being prosecuted as an adult murder suspect, has confessed that he drugged and killed his mother inside the family's Fargo Avenue home at the urging of Gimenez.

Parts of Irene's body were discovered in the Black Rock Channel near the foot of West Ferry Street and her skull has been recovered from a garbage can packed with hardened concrete, according to police.


Driver who dozed off injured slightly in crash

An 18-year-old West Seneca man suffered only minor injuries in an accident late Thursday when he fell asleep at the wheel, drifted off the road and crashed through a garage on Seneca Street, according to police.

West Seneca Police say Ryan J. Fassel of Dwyer Street was eastbound on Seneca Street when he went off the road at 11:59 p.m. Fassel jumped the driveway at 3681 Seneca St. before his passenger, Frederick Koch, yelled and tried to grab the steering wheel.

Their vehicle hit an air-conditioning unit attached to the home at 3705 Seneca before plowing into the garage door and through the garage's back wall, when it finally came to a stop, police reported.

Fassel told officers at the scene that he had fallen asleep. He sustained a minor neck injury and was transported by Rural/Metro Medical Services to St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga. Koch was not injured.

Fassel faces a single charge of failing to stay in his lane.


Sex offenders charged for not registering

A Genesee Street man who is a registered sex offender in Michigan was charged Thursday in Cheektowaga with allegedly failing to register as a sex offender in New York after two officers found him sleeping on the side of the road on Broadway, Cheektowaga police reported.

Villarreal Espedeon, no age listed, admitted he had been living in New York for about three months, police said.

Also, a Concord man was charged Friday with similar violations after he allegedly failed to register as a Level 3 sex offender in Erie County after moving back to Western New York from Kentucky, sheriff's officials reported.

Patrick Foley, 34, was convicted in the attempted rape of a 13-year-old girl in Cattaraugus County in 1997. He moved to Kentucky after being released from prison.

Police said Foley moved to Concord in July and failed to register with the Sheriff's Department. He was taken to the Erie County Holding Center pending arraignment in Concord Town Court. By law, Level 3 sex offenders are required to register with police within 10 days of arriving in a new town and must check in with that agency every 90 days.


Probe finds faulty outlet sparked restaurant fire

A fire that extensively damaged a Springville restaurant early Friday started accidentally, according to Erie County Sheriff's Department fire investigators.

Sheriff's Deputy Chris Parisi responded to an interior motion alarm at 1:21 a.m. Friday at the Pit Stop Pizza and Deli at 689 E. Main St., and found heavy smoke coming from the roof. The restaurant and deli were unoccupied at the time.

Parisi notified the Springville Fire Department, which responded with assistance from the East Concord Fire Company.

The blaze started in the kitchen, where damage was most severe, said Sheriff's Detective Steve Meerboth, a member of the fire investigation unit. Smoke caused moderate damage throughout the rest of the building.

Investigators have traced the origin of the blaze to a problem with an electrical outlet in the kitchen, Meerboth said.

No estimate was made of the damage.


Burglary spree brings eight-year prison term

LOCKPORT -- Stephen Bell, 38, of no fixed address, received a sentence Friday of eight years in prison from Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza for an Oct. 10 burglary spree in Lockport.

Bell had pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary for breaking into four homes, two on Erie Street and one each on Cherry and Lewis streets.

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