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90-day jail term given for reckless ATV driving

LOCKPORT -- A West Seneca man was sentenced in City Court on Wednesday to 90 days in Niagara County Jail for reckless driving on an all-terrain vehicle in July. The incident led police on a pursuit through four towns, ending on the Tuscarora Reservation.

Gary M. King, 31, of East West Road, who also lives on the reservation, was asked by City Judge William J. Watson why he did not stop and accept a ticket for driving an all-terrain vehicle on the road. King answered, "I've been asking myself the same question."

King also was fined $160.

King originally was charged July 3 with several vehicle and traffic infractions, speeding, driving an unregistered vehicle and driving while intoxicated.


Husband goes to prison for fatally stabbing wife

ALBION -- A 46-year-old Albion man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the stabbing death of his wife.

Matthew Farrow pleaded guilty in December to first-degree manslaughter in the April 1 death of Anne-Marie Farrow, 43.

Orleans County Judge James P. Punch also sentenced Farrow on Monday to five years of supervision after his release.

Farrow, a disabled military veteran, said he stabbed his wife with a 22-inch knife because he thought she was planning to leave him, according to court documents. Their young daughter called 911 after her mother's cries awakened her about 3:30 a.m.

"I know what I've done is the most horrendous occurrence that has happened to us," Farrow said in court.

He initially was charged with second-degree murder, but District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone said he agreed to the plea deal to ensure a conviction and spare the daughter from testifying.


Pizza deliveryman robbed at gunpoint

A 25-year-old pizza deliveryman was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday night while making a delivery in the 400 block of Dodge Street, police said.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said the man was trying to deliver a pizza and 50 chicken wings just after 10 p.m. when he was approached by four men.

At least two of the men pulled out guns and stole $400, the food and the victim's cell phone.


Two injured in collision at Sheridan and Youngs

Two people were injured -- one of them seriously -- in a collision early Wednesday at Sheridan Drive and Youngs Road in Amherst.

A man and woman were treated in Erie County Medical Center, according to Amherst Fire Control, which reported that the crash occurred at 7:40 a.m.

Williams H. Wilson III of Williamsville was traveling north on Youngs Road and drovethrough a red light, according to the Amherst Police Department. Wilson, who suffered a minor hand injury, was issued a traffic summons.

Wilson's vehicle struck a vehicle driven by Peter O'Brien of Williamsville as he was attempting to turn left onto Sheridan Drive, police said. The impact was on the passenger side, where Kathleen Dipirro of Buffalo was seated. She was taken by Twin City ambulance to the medical center, where she was listed in serious condition in the trauma intensive-care unit Wednesday evening.

The Main Transit Fire Department extricated both occupants of the O'Brien vehicle.

Police said O'Brien's vehicle struck a third one, driven by Latarcia Daniels of Buffalo, who escaped injury.


Maryland police arrest man accused in car theft

GREAT VALLEY -- A 19-year-old man has been charged with stealing a 1999 BMW convertible during a burglary on Peth Road.

The Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department said on Wednesday that Dale Lee Backus Jr. of Humphrey Road was arrested in Cumberland City, Md., and extradited back to Western New York. He was arraigned on charges of burglary and grand larceny before Justice June Chapman in Ellicottville Town Court and held on $10,000 cash bail.

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