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Both drivers injured when truck hits van

PORTVILLE -- A Friendship man driving a truck for a Shinglehouse, Pa., gravel company went off Route 417 here Wednesday morning and struck a van driven by an Olean woman, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials reported.

Albert Pacer Jr., 32, suffered minor head injuries after his truck veered off the west shoulder of the road and collided with a van operated by Mary Snyder, 46, who was in a parking lot waiting to enter traffic, police said.

Pacer's truck went onto a guardrail and over an embankment before coming to rest on its side. Snyder's van came to rest against some trees.

Pacer and Snyder were taken to Olean General Hospital for minor injuries.

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Two-car crash injures six in Alfred Station

ALFRED -- Six people were injured Wednesday morning in a two-car crash in Alfred Station.

Alfred police said cars driven by Tara M. McKee, 20 of Canisteo and Christine Vetter, 18, of Alfred Station collided at Route 21 and Hamilton Hill Road.

McKee's vehicle pulled into the path of Vetter's car while turning onto Route 21 from Hamilton Hill and was struck broadside, officers said.

McKee, who was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, was charged with driving while intoxicated. Police described her injuries as minor.

Four passengers in McKee's car, all from Canisteo, also were injured.

Christina Piliero, 20, who suffered an arm injury, and Lester Daligdig, with burns, went to St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell. Lyle Ellis, 19, with burns, and Justin Stillman, with cuts, were taken to Jones.

Vetter was taken to St. James with chest injuries. Police said none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

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Gang member sent to prison for shooting

Buffalo street gang member Kevin Fowler was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for permanently disabling a teenage girl in an accidental shooting.

Fowler was convicted July 23 on assault and weapons charges for the shooting of the teen in the 1000 block of East Delavan Avenue Sept. 15, 2004. The shooting occurred during a retaliatory attack on a rival gang, authorities said.
Erie County Judge Timothy J. Drury scolded Fowler, 18, of Best Street, noting he had agreed to be the gunman for his gang, even though he is blind in his right eye.

"This is the case of a gang that couldn't shoot straight and a shooter who couldn't shoot straight because he is blind in one eye," said Drury, who noted that the victim, now 16, is permanently disabled and faces future surgery to deal with severe leg injuries.

Fowler was arrested on Dec. 2, 2004, in Erie County Medical Center, where he was being treated for injuries in a gang shooting near his own home.

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