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Five people arrested on narcotics charges

After a monthlong investigation into the sale and distribution of narcotics in Monroe and Orleans counties, five people were charged, and prescription narcotics and heroin with a street value of $2,000 was seized, along with $500 cash and packaging materials, the Orleans County Major Felony Crime Task Force announced Monday.

Shawna N. Weis, 24, of East Bank Street, Albion, was arraigned on nine counts of felony criminal sale and criminal possession of controlled substance and a misdemeanor possession charge. She was ordered held on $10,000 bail.

Derek E. Dingman, 24, also of East Bank Street, and Dylan J. Dent, 18, of Allen Road, Albion, were both charged with felony criminal sale and criminal possession of a controlled substance, and were ordered held on $5,000 bail. Dingman also faces conspiracy charges, task force officials said.

Sandra D. Roper, 20, and Brandon M. Roper, 23, both of Clark Street, Brockport, were each charged with felony third-degree criminal sale and fourth-degree possession, and were ordered held on $2,500 bail.


Man, 60 killed in fall at hydroelectric plant

Law enforcement officers say an Allegany man died Monday afternoon when he fell at a hydroelectric plant he co-owns on the Seneca River in suburban Syracuse.

John Stranburg, 60, fell while doing maintenance on a turbine at the Wave Hydro power plant in Baldwinsville and was sucked underwater by the powerful current, police said.

Hampered by strong current in the dark confines of the turbine pit, emergency workers labored for nearly four hours to recover Stranburg's body, which was removed shortly before 4 p.m.

Earlier Monday afternoon, rescuers pulled another man out of the river at the plant. He was taken away in an ambulance with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries.

The 10-foot-diameter turbine continued to spin during the recovery operation.


Motorcycle hits guardrail; operator critically injured

GREAT VALLEY -- A 51-year-old Great Valley woman was critically injured Sunday evening when she lost control of her motorcycle and hit a guardrail, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials reported Monday.

Kathleen J. Musall was listed in critical condition Monday in Erie County Medical Center, where she was taken by Mercy Flight.

After she was thrown from the motorcycle, she suffered severe trauma to her left leg and lacerations to her abdomen, according to deputies.

The accident occurred at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday at Humphrey and Raecher roads.


Victim of tractor rollover in critical condition

A Chautauqua County man remained in critical condition Monday at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa., from injuries suffered when a farm tractor rolled over and on top of him, authorities said.

Daryl R. Thayer, 62, of Campbell Road, managed to pull himself out from under the tractor, which tipped over at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday as he was mowing grass on a hillside at his property, according to Chautauqua County Sheriff's deputies.

He was taken to Westfield Memorial Hospital and then flown to Hamot Medical Center, where he was in the intensive care unit Monday.


Guilty plea entered to steroid distribution

A Cheektowaga man faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty Monday to distributing anabolic steroids, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul.

Richard Lazzaro, 39, along with two other men, was charged with obtaining and distributing steroids while he was employed as a detention officer at the Buffalo area Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, said U.S. Assistant Attorney Michael L. McCabe.

Charged with Lazzaro were Michael Trautmann, also of Cheektowaga, and Richard Eldridge of West Seneca. Trautmann, 48, was, like Lazzaro, a detention officer working as a federal contract employee. Eldridge, 35, was an immigration enforcement officer.

Monday's plea by Lazzaro was made before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, and was the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents from the FBI, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Inspector General.


ATV rider suffers head injury in crash

ROYALTON -- A 20-year-old ATV rider suffered a head injury and was hospitalized following an accident in Royalton Ravine County Park on Sunday.

The victim was riding along the park's trails when he lost control of the ATV on a slope, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. The man's identity was not released.

He was not wearing a helmet, according to deputies, and was transported out of the ravine by emergency personnel.

Mercy Flight transported the victim to Erie County Medical Center, where his condition was not known.

Charges may be pending, according to the Sheriff's Office.