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Bolivar Man, 60, drowns as boat capsizes in Alma

ALMA -- State police are investigating the drowning of a 60-year-old man whose body was found in a rural pond in Alma Pond in the Allegany County Town of Alma.

Troopers said a boat capsized on the pond at about 3 p.m. The victim, Michael Wilde of Bolivar, was pulled to shore by another boater who heard calls for help. The boater and other bystanders got Wilde out of the water, but he was pronounced dead at the scene by the county coroner.

Police said there is no evidence of foul play.


Pennsylvania man charged with leaving crash scene

FRENCH CREEK -- A Pennsylvania man has been charged following a crash last week on Route 474.

Sean T. Flook, 33, of Wattsburg, was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident, speed not reasonable and prudent and moving from a lane unsafely, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said Tuesday.

Flook was issued two tickets and will appear in French Creek Town Court at a later date.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the crash at about 10:37 p.m. Friday, when the eastbound vehicle left the road, damaged an electric fence and crashed into a ditch embankment.

The driver left the scene. Flook's driving license had been suspended pending prosecution for a previous drunken-riving arrest, officials added.


Elma man porn case has link to New Hampshire

An Elma man has been charged in connection with a child pornography case that stretches from Erie County to New Hampshire.

Authorities from Keene, N.H., contacted Erie County sheriff's investigators in September about child pornography that was being sent from a computer in Elma, officials said Tuesday.

A search warrant for the suspect's computer found hundreds of images of young children, authorities said.

Erie County sheriff's officials would not release the name of the suspect, because of his age at the time of the alleged crime.

The Elma teen, who is now 19, was arrested Monday night and charged with promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child, a Class D felony, and possession of an obscene sexual performance by a child, a Class E felony.

The investigation was conducted by Senior Detective James Hatch and Deputy Christopher Decker.


Man facing charges after weekend crash

DUNKIRK -- Charges are expected against a Fredonia man following a car crash over the weekend.

Chautauqua County sheriff's officials responded at 3 a.m. Sunday to the report of a heavily damaged Chevrolet Impala found in a field on Temple Road. An investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling north at a high rate of speed, spun sideways, went off the road and struck a tree, officials said.

The driver fled the scene, but deputies identified the operator of the vehicle as Mathew J. Mulville, 21, after Mulville sought medical treatment Sunday morning in Brooks Memorial Hospital. Mulville was later transfered to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in fair condition Tuesday.

An investigation is continuing.


Man sought under warrant arrested in disturbance

MACHIAS -- A Buffalo man wanted on a Cattaraugus County Family Court warrant from 2009 was recently arrested during a domestic disturbance in Yorkshire, state police said.

Zachary N. Bruce, 23, of Elk Street, was turned over to Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and arraigned in Franklinville Town Court. Bail was set at $2,500.


Lockport man charged in Portville fracas

PORTVILLE -- A Lockport man was arrested Sunday evening in Portville after police were called about a disturbance in a house.

William G. Bayles, 49, of Wheeler Road, was charged with third-degree criminal trespass and disorderly conduct, Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said.


Troopers issue 104 tickets during 'Move Over' sweep

State police in Clarence and Boston issued 104 tickets on the Youngmann Highway and Route 219 while conducting a "Move Over" detail over the past couple of days.

Troopers issued 43 "Move Over" law tickets, 48 radar tickets and 13 other traffic tickets during two days of the detail, police said Tuesday. The law requires that drivers use "due care" to change lanes and/or slow down when they see an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road.


Woman using cell phone is charged with DWI

SALAMANCA -- A woman spotted by city police making a cell phone call early Tuesday while driving on Broad Street ended up being charged with driving while intoxicated.

Carrie J. Dowdy, 22, of Catherine Drive, also was charged with failure to maintain lane during the traffic stop at 2:12 a.m.

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