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Middleport man injured in tractor-trailer crash

SHELBY -- A Middleport man remains in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center after his sport utility vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at 8:24 a.m. Wednesday on an icy Route 31.

Lynn Brady, 50, of Telegraph Road, was traveling east near Hoffman Road and lost control, with his SUV sliding into the westbound lane, catching the rear tire of the tractor-trailer. The driver of the rig, Charles Ellington, 42, of Rochester, was not injured. Emergency crews worked for about 40 minutes to free Brady after the crash.


Judge reserves decision in Nushawn Williams case

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County Jude John T. Ward Thursday reserved decision on efforts by Nushawn Williams, the so-called "HIV predator," to have his rape guilty plea vacated and on efforts by the state attorney general's office to keep him behind bars indefinitely on a civil court order.

John R. Nuchereno, the Buffalo defense lawyer now representing Williams, 33, could not be reached to comment following the Southern Tier court session.

The former Jamestown and New York City resident completed a 12-year prison term in April and the state law office has moved for his indefinite civil confinement under the 2007 civil confinement law in connection with his admitted infecting of 13 young women with HIV.

Court officials said the Mayville judge did not schedule a new court date yet.


More charges facing accused sex predator

The U.S. Attorney's office today filed additional witness-tampering charges against a Salamanca truck driver who was accused last year of transporting minors across state lines for the purposes of sexual activities.

Kevin L. Donaldson, 45, is now charged with trying to tamper with one of the female minors who is a witness against him.

Donaldson recently sent three letters to the alleged victim, trying to persuade her not to testify against him, and telling her that he loves her, prosecutor Aaron J. Mango and FBI Special Agent Robert E. Webb said in court papers.

FBI agents arrested Donaldson last November, saying he used his truck to take minors across state lines and have sex with them. He has denied the allegation.


Michigan woman accused of enticement, child porn

A federal grand jury handed up a three-count indictment in the case of a Michigan woman accused of child pornography and enticing a 16-year-old boy to engage in sex, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Thursday.

Angie L. Jenkins, 35, of Lowell, Mich., faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and up to life if convicted of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity, production of child pornography and receipt of child pornography.

Jenkins met the victim through the an online video game in October 2009 and developed a relationship that progressed to online chats, e-mails and telephone calls, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango.

Last spring, Jenkins arranged for a trip to Amherst, when she and the boy had sex in a parked car, authorities said. In August, Jenkins was arrested in her Michigan home and a computer was seized. Authorities uncovered graphic images sent from the boy to Jenkins at her request, authorities said.

Jenkins is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday before Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott.


Sledder who hit his head still in critical condition

A Town of Tonawanda man remains in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center, three days after he hit his head in a sledding accident at Chestnut Ridge in Orchard Park, officials said Thursday.

Daniel Laemmerhirt, 23, was sledding headfirst Monday afternoon when he hit a bump and his head bounced off the ground, Erie County sheriff's officials said. Laemmerhirt and friends returned to the top of he hill to the casino building, where he began to feel the effects of the injury. He was transported by Mercy Flight to ECMC.

The sledding hill "continued to stay open on Monday," County Parks Commissioner James Hornung said, but it was closed Tuesday for icy conditions and reopened Thursday.


4 aggravated DWI counts facing driver in crash

A Buffalo woman driving drunk with five children in her vehicle crashed head-on into a van on Tonawanda Street about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Buffalo police said.

Tiffany Scroggins, 28, of Guernsey Street, was arrested on four counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child in the vehicle because four of the five children were younger than 15, Northwest District Officer Jimmie Larke III said. The children ranged in age from 6 to 16, Larke added.

Scroggins' northbound 1997 Mitsubishi crossed over double yellow lines and hit the van in the 400 block of Tonawanda. In addition, police said, Scroggins was driving under the influence of the prescription medication Suboxone, used for treatment of opiate addiction. Scroggins also was charged with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child.