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Overheated vehicle leads to DWI charge

NEW ALBION -- A Forestville man faces charges of driving while intoxicated after police came to his assistance after noticing his vehicle apparently overheated early Sunday on Route 353 in North Albion, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials reported.

Theodore M. Scott, 45, was allegedly found to be intoxicated just before 1 a.m.

Scott, according to deputies, had also previously had his driving privileges revoked for prior alcohol-related offenses and was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, invalid inspection and parking on a public highway.

Scott's blood-alcohol level, according to deputies, was 0.13 percent. He is scheduled to return to New Albion Town Court at a future date.


Cassadaga man, 32, killed in crash of snowmobile

CHERRY CREEK -- A 32-year-old Cassadaga man was killed early Monday when he lost control of his snowmobile, which crashed into a large snowbank, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Ryan D. Anderson, of Hall Road, was pronounced dead at the scene on Boutwell Hill Road after the 12:45 a.m. crash.

Deputies said Anderson was riding with two other snowmobilers, heading west, when he pulled away from the others.

Moments later, they came upon the crash scene.

Anderson apparently failed to negotiate a curve, striking the snowbank. The vehicle went airborne, ejecting Anderson, who slammed into a tree, authorities said.

The other two riders called 911 and provided first aid until emergency crews arrived.

Efforts to revive Anderson were unsuccessful.


Ex-tenant of apartment denies $10,000 damage

LOCKPORT -- A Canandaigua man accused of causing $10,000 damage to an apartment where he had previously been a tenant, pleaded not guilty in City Court to felony charges Monday.

Michael J. Heideman, 40, turned himself in to city detectives Monday morning and was charged with felony third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief.

He was sent to Niagara County Jail on $2,500 bail.

The landlord told police Jan. 17 that his ex-tenant, in an apartment on Elmwood Avenue, gutted the entire apartment, taking cabinets, a dishwasher, a bathroom sink vanity and all the carpets, and also cut holes in the floor.


Man shot by police charged in fatal attack with sword

A 63-year-old West Side man who was shot by police while advancing toward officers last week with a sword that he used to slay his girlfriend and injure her teenage daughter was formally charged Monday with murder, felony assault and weapons possession, Buffalo police reported.

Juan Castro is accused of using the weapon to kill Maria Pagan, 45, Jan. 17 in the 400 block of Normal Avenue. Zayra Pagan, 15, also was attacked by Castro, police said. She continues to recover in Women & Children's Hospital.

A short time after the double stabbing, officers tried to apprehend Castro a few houses away from the incident, but he refused to drop his sword, police said.

After refusing police orders to drop his weapon and advancing toward police, Castro was shot and wounded.

Castro remained in police custody in Erie County Medical Center late Monday. He was listed in serious condition.


Attempt to 'elope' with girl brings prison sentence

A Salvadoran man was sentenced to five years, 10 months in federal prison for attempting to take his 15-year-old cousin to Canada to "elope," U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Monday.

Enrique Rivas Perez, 28, an illegal immigrant, will be deported following the completion of his prison sentence. Rivas Perez was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara for transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.

Rivas Perez was arrested in December 2009 at the Peace Bridge after being denied entry into Canada. He admitted to authorities that he and the girl planned to elope in Canada, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory L. Brown, who handled the case. They had driven from the Atlanta area in the cousin's family car, which the family reported stolen.

During their trip, Rivas Perez and his cousin engaged in illicit sexual activity, Brown said.


Amherst driver, 21, remains in critical condition

A 21-year-old Amherst man remained in critical condition Monday in Erie County Medical Center with injuries he suffered early Saturday morning when his car struck a tree in Amherst.

Louis Callari lost control of his vehicle on Red Oak Drive at about 1:45 a.m. Saturday.

The vehicle left the road and struck the tree.

Callari remains in the medical center's Trauma Intensive Care Unit.

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