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5 Amish youths in buggies linked to beer consumption

CONEWANGO VALLEY -- Five Amish youths drinking beer Sunday in Amish buggies that were parked were charged with unlawful alcohol possession with intent to consume by a person under age 21.

Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies said the buggies were observed parked along Dredge Road at about 10:15 p.m. and the youths, who were intoxicated, had three 30-packs of beer.

The five, who received tickets to appear in Conewango Town Court, were identified as: Noah N. Shetler, 19; Emanuel B. Hostetler, 17; and David E. Miller, no age given, all of Conewango Valley; and Eli J. Miller, 17, and Henry L. Miller, 17, both of Cattaraugus.


Oakfield man charged in alcohol-fueled chase

OAKFIELD -- An Oakfield motorcyclist was charged with driving while intoxicated after leading Genesee County sheriff's deputies on a chase Thursday.

Gregory P. Smith, 20, of Main Street, also was charged with reckless driving, fleeing a police officer in a motor vehicle, four counts of speeding, five counts of failure to stop at a stop sign and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

At about 6:22 a.m., deputies received a report about the motorcyclist, who was headed south on Route 63. Smith, deputies said, was chased through Batavia and the Village and Town of Oakfield, before being thrown from his bike at Hutton Road and Route 63.

Smith, deputies said, then tried to flee on foot but was arrested in a cornfield nearby.


Man, 19, shot in the head fights for life in ECMC

A 19-year-old Buffalo man was fighting for his life Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after being shot in the head late Wednesday night on the 100 block of Hewitt Avenue, police said.

David Wallace was listed in critical condition.

Northeast District police officers, who responded to the shooting at about 11:40 p.m., arrested Marion D. McIlwain, 20, of Buffalo. He was charged with first-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon.


Lone holdout on jury stalls murder trial verdict

LOCKPORT -- One holdout juror is preventing a verdict in the Edward E. Nickens murder trial.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sent the jury home at 4:30 p.m. Thursday after a full day of deliberation. Nickens, 32, of Michigan Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with the May 16 shooting death of Joshua Hayes, 23, of Whitney Avenue.

The slaying occurred in front of Nickens' home, but for several months police were uncertain whether to charge Edward Nickens or his identical twin brother, Raymond C. Nickens. Police concluded that Raymond Nickens wasn't present.

The jury resumed deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, after having considered the case for slightly more than three hours Wednesday.

At about 2:15 p.m., the jury sent Sperrazza another note. "We are 11-1," it read. The jury didn't indicate whether they were within one vote of conviction or acquittal.


Clothes dryer suspected in Town of Tonawanda fire

A short-circuit in an old clothes dryer was believed to have sparked a house fire on Cobb Street in the Town of Tonawanda on Wednesday night, police said.

The blaze broke out shortly before 10 p.m. in a furnace room next to the kitchen, investigators said. A woman who attempted unsuccessfully to extinguish the fire was treated for smoke inhalation, police added.


Two facing DWI charges following traffic stops

Drunken driving charges were lodged against two motorists by Erie County sheriff's deputies patroling various locations in the county.

In Clarence, John J. Massaro, 43, of Depew, was arrested after he was pulled over Wednesday at Sheridan Drive and Transit Road for unspecified infractions. Deputies said Massaro refused a breath test; because of a previous conviction in Amherst, he was charged with a felony count of of DWI.

A one-car crash Tuesday on the Seneca Nation Reservation resulted in the arrest of Ryan N. Leroy, 21, of Brant. Deputies said they found Leroy in a vehicle off the road near 12523 Route 438. She was charged with driving while intoxicated, unlawful possession of marijuana and unspecified traffic violations.

She refused to submit to chemical testing, deputies said, and was held in the county holding center until her arraignment in Brant Town Court.


Lockport man charged in attack on ex-girlfriend

LOCKPORT -- A woman who told a man she was leaving him was grabbed by the hair and dragged down High Street just after 1 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

Jeffrey J. Farrell, 22, of High Street, was charged with third-degree menacing. Police said Farrell threatened to punch the woman, then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her down the sidewalk.

The woman, who refused medical treatment, is requesting an order of protection, police said.

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