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Batavia man killed in head-on collision

BATAVIA -- A Batavia man was killed at about 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in a head-on collision in the Town of Batavia, Genesee County sheriff's deputies said.

Jonathan M. Colby, 37, was driving east on West Main Street Road when his vehicle crossed the center of the road and collided with a westbound car driven by Angelo Merica III, 27, of Pavilion. Deputies said Colby was pronounced dead at the scene.

Merica, who suffered serious injuries, was airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. His condition was listed as satisfactory.

An investigation continues.


Aggravated DWI charge lodged against woman, 44

PERSIA -- A Collins woman who recorded a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, state police said Wednesday.

Troopers went to the home of Braelynn Murphy, 44, at about 7 p.m. Sunday after someone requested a welfare check on her, Sgt. Ron Wilson said. Murphy was intoxicated, but she did not appear to be a threat to herself and pledged to stay in her home and begin treatment for alcohol addiction in the morning, police said.

Wilson said the troopers left, but about 10 minutes later an off-duty trooper saw Murphy, whom he recognized, driving her car. Murphy was tracked by police to a friend's house in Gowanda.

Murphy recorded a 0.31 percent blood-alcohol level -- well above the 0.08 percent limit for drivers -- and was arrested at the State Police barracks in Collins.

She must appear in Persia Town Court on May 5.


North Java man accused of abusing 4-year-old

WARSAW -- A North Java man has been charged with abusing a 4-year-old child who was found to have suffered internal injuries, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office said.

Noah Gregg, 28, of Youngers Road, was charged Tuesday with a felony count of assault and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child. He was sent to the county jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or a $100,000 bond.

The child suffered multiple injuries and was treated in Women & Children's Hospital, Buffalo, according to Lt. Edward Till.

Till was assisted in the investigation by Investigator Aaron Anderson and Megan Dennis from Wyoming County Child Protective Services.


Woman arrested Saturday jailed on assault charge

SALAMANCA -- A State Park Avenue woman who was charged with assault is currently in county jail following arraignment, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.

Georgianna L. Lecceardone, 37, was arrested Saturday in the incident on Route 353, deputies said.


Attica man, 20, charged in drunken-driving crash

BATAVIA -- An Attica man was charged with two felony counts of driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a crash early Wednesday, according to Genesee County sheriff's deputies.

Travis M. Herold, 20, of Prospect Street, was involved in a crash on Alexander Road in the Town of Batavia shortly after 1:30 a.m., deputies said. In addition to the DWI charges, Herold was charged with consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle and with moving from a lane unsafely.

He was issued a ticket to appear May 26 in Batavia Town Court.


Kayakers have close call on Cazenovia Creek

Two kayakers escaped unharmed after one of them overturned and the other became stranded Wednesday on Cazenovia Creek in the Town of Aurora.

East Aurora Police Officer Joe Ferrara pulled Bennet J. Collins, 20, of North Davis Road, East Aurora, to safety up a steep muddy bank near Willardshire Road after Collins was unable to scale it himself. He had called 911 for help on his cell phone.

The other kayaker, Constantine Goebler, 19, of Germany, had overturned, then lost his grip on a tree branch and was swept away by the fast-moving water. East Aurora police and fire crews, assisted by Springbrook volunteers and Erie County sheriff's deputies, eventually found him walking on North Davis Road. Both men were taken home after a medical examination.


Traffic stop yields drug, warrant arrests

SALAMANCA -- Two people were arrested on drug charges and outstanding warrants Tuesday following a complaint about erratic driving, Salamanca police said.

Alex C. Hayes, 20, of Front Avenue, was charged with driving without a license, failure to keep right, possession of marijuana and driving while ability impaired by drugs.

His passenger, Jeff A. Bellamy Jr., 35, of Buffalo, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said Bellamy also was wanted on warrants from Cheektowaga for unlicensed driving and from Olean for drug possession.