Little Valley man hurt in head-on crash
ALLEGANY -- A Little Valley man whose Jeep drifted into the oncoming lane of Route 417 at about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.
Derek J. Emerson, 25, was taken to Olean General Hospital before being transferred to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight, according to Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies. His condition was unavailable.
The driver of the rig, identified as Louis D. Bridenbaker, 55, of Limestone was not injured.
Depew man pleads guilty in illegal-aliens case
The former owner of seven Mexican restaurants pleaded guilty Tuesday to harboring illegal aliens who worked at his establishments, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Simon Banda-Mireles, 50, of Depew, also known as Jorge DeLarco, pleaded guilty in federal court in connection with his April 2008 arrest by U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents.
Authorities said Banda-Mireles formerly owned Mexican restaurants in Cheektowaga, Olean, Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.
Banda-Mireles was the "principal target" of a two-year investigation into the employment of illegal aliens at restaurants, said Lev Kubiak, special agent in charge of ICE Homeland Security investigations in Buffalo.
Banda-Mireles pleaded guilty to a felony, admitting that he employed and harbored up to 100 illegal aliens at his restaurants. He faces a July 14 sentencing date before U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.
Ten of Banda-Moreles' managers were also arrested, officials said. Six of the former managers have taken guilty pleas in the case, and four others face trial.
Byron man charged with drug possession
BYRON -- A Byron man arrested Tuesday by members of the Genesee County Local Drug Enforcement Task Force faces multiple drug counts after he was charged with illegally possessing prescription drugs.
Sege D. Kalmbacher Sr. of Byron-Holley Road, was charged with 24 counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance; 25 counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument; 27 counts of computer trespass; and 25 counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. All of the charges are felonies.
The arrest followed an investigation into the theft and subsequent use of forged prescriptions in at a Village of Le Roy pharmacy, which was initially investigated by village police.
Inmate from Perrysburg sentenced to more time
LITTLE VALLEY -- A Perrysburg man currently serving time in prison was sentenced to one to three years in prison Monday in Cattaraugus County Court.
Joseph H. Peters, 22, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein to serve the two sentences consecutively. He was convicted of first-degree reckless endangerment. Last April 3, he drove a vehicle that struck two other vehicles and continued without stopping in the Town of Randolph, according to District Attorney Lori P. Rieman.
In another case, Michael J. Harp Sr., 33, of Belmont, was sentenced to 10 years of probation after being convicted of first-degree attempted sexual abuse. The crime occurred May 1, 2003, in the City of Olean, involving a person younger than 11.
Fire truck-SUV crash injures four firefighters
Four firefighters were taken to a local hospital for observation Tuesday morning after their fire truck collided with an SUV as they responded to a suspicious fire in a vacant house in the city's Broadway-Fillmore area.
The firefighters from Engine 32 were responding to a 5:38 a.m. alarm at 210 Gibson St., when the collision occurred at the corner of Fillmore Avenue and Clinton Street, fire officials said. It was not clear whether anyone in the other vehicle was injured.
The fire ripped through the first and second floors before extending to the attic of the Gibson Street house, causing an estimated $30,000 damage.
About five hours earlier, Buffalo firefighters battled another suspicious fire in a vacant house on the city's West Side.
Firefighters responded to a 12:36 a.m. alarm at 322 Breckenridge St., in the city's Grant-Ferry area, where a fire that started on the first floor spread throughout the building. The blaze left an estimated $25,000 damage to that house and $2,000 exposure damage next door at 324 Breckenridge.
The causes of both fires remain under investigation.
Brother facing charges in Route 417 disturbance
GREAT VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said they arrested one of two brothers involved in a fight about 2 a.m. Friday at a house on Route 417.
Richard J. Whalen, 32, who is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, is accused of breaking a kitchen window at the home of his brother, Donald Wagner. He also was charged with resisting arrest, accused of attempting to kick, spit at and head-butt deputies.
Whalen faces an April 6 court appearance in Great Valley Town Court.