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>Teenager lies to deputies, is charged with escape

SINCLAIRVILLE -- A Dunkirk teen found out the hard way Friday night that honesty is the best policy.

Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies reported they stopped Meritt D. Wolcott, 17, of Ruggles Street, about 9:15 p.m. Friday as he was walking along Jamestown Street here and asked him to identify himself.

Wolcott, who said he was in Sinclairville to visit his girlfriend, allegedly told officers his name was "Jake Snow." Deputies said he changed his tune when he was asked for ID, allegedly admitting, "I lied. Here is my ID. My name really isn't Jake Snow."

When deputies told Wolcott he was under arrest for obstructing governmental administration, he fled into heavy woods, leaving his ID behind. He was found later at his home in Dunkirk and additionally charged with escape. He is held in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $800 bail.

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>Hauler trampled by cow being loaded onto trailer

SHELDON -- A Wyoming County man is recovering from injuries he suffered when a cow he was trying to load into a trailer trampled him, according to a fire official.

Anthony Michalek, of Bennington, owns a private cattle-hauling business and was loading eight cows owned by Mark Keem of Sheldon onto his trailer at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, said Keem, who also is chief of the Harris Corners Fire Department. The cows were being taken to an upcoming cattle auction.

As Michalek was loading the last six cows onto the trailer, they balked and began pushing backward off the vehicle. Michalek was trapped in the crush of cattle, and one cow pushed him through a fence before walking over him, Keem said.

Crews from the Harris Corners and Strykersville fire departments responded. The victim, whose age wasn't known, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

Keem talked to Michalek Saturday afternoon, after he was released from ECMC, and again Sunday. He suffered four fractured ribs and a bruised liver, but is otherwise OK, Keem said.

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>Driver's 93-year-old sister dies of injuries from crash

Amherst police don't know what led a Williamsville woman to try to make a left turn in front of an oncoming vehicle last week, causing a crash that killed her 93-year-old sister.

Genevieve G. Samal, of Williamsville, died in Erie County Medical Center on Saturday, two days after the Saturn Ion she was riding in was broadsided at Maple Road and Sprucewood Terrace.

Jane A. Moskie, 85, of Williamsville, was issued a summons for failure to yield the right of way.

"We don't know if the sun was in her eyes," said Senior Investigator Scott Lawida. "She just turned left in front of the other vehicle. We don't know why."

Moskie was driving westbound on Maple at about 5:40 p.m. Thursday when she turned in front of an eastbound Ford Contour driven by Ryan P. Messina, 21, of Buffalo.

Messina was treated at the scene for injuries to both knees.

Moskie was taken to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital complaining of pain in her abdomen.

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