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>Driver pleads guilty to charges in accident

An East Amherst man pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular assault and driving while impaired by drugs for the severe ankle injuries a woman suffered when he crashed into her car head-on last June.

Adam Smith, 26, of New Road, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. The charges stemmed from the injuries Annette Testa, 48, of Alden, suffered when Smith crashed into Testa's car on North French Road near Crystal Springs Lane in Amherst at about 5:30 p.m. June 8.

The judge told Smith, who admitted to a driving-while-impaired conviction in Lewiston Town Court in 2001, that he is considering a maximum jail term of six months and 4 1/2 years on probation when he is sentenced on Jan. 12.

Smith, who pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by anti-depression drugs during the June accident, was allowed to remain free on $5,000 bail.


>Police arrest two suspects on drug dealing charges

Alleged drug dealers proved just how stubborn they can be overnight when Ferry-Fillmore and Northeast district police returned twice to put a Wilson Street location out of business.

It started at about 10:35 p.m. Tuesday, when Officer Timothy O'Neill saw Reginald P. Parker approach a driver in a Ford Explorer that parked in front of 45 Wilson.

O'Neill stopped the vehicle on Fillmore Avenue and found crack cocaine in the driver's possession. The man agreed to cooperate with police and identify Parker. Charges are pending against the driver, whose name was temporarily withheld.

O'Neill, with the help of other officers, then arranged to have an informant make a drug buy at 45 Wilson with marked currency at about 3:15 a.m. Wednesday. After witnessing the transaction, police arrested Jessie A. Whitlock, 28, of the 200 block of Jefferson Avenue, and Parker, 31, of the 400 block of Clinton Street.

Both were charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance after officers found them in possession of the marked bills. Other officers assisting O'Neill were Corey Krug, Michael Stroebele and David Acosta.


>Pedestrian charged with drug possession

A man walking and drinking a beer late Tuesday on Chippewa Street attracted the attention of Central District police and ended up charged with drug possession.

Theodore J. Quick, 20, of Marine Drive, ran away from the police but was caught a short distance later on South Elmwood Avenue where he tried to dispose of a plastic bag, according to Officer Allen Gallagher.

Quick was charged with possession of crack cocaine and marijuana, tampering with evidence, and obstructing governmental administration, police said. Officer Joseph Ruggerio assisted in the arrest.

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