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Standoff leads to plea to reckless endangerment

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Allegany man who barricaded himself in a home in Allegany for six hours in a police standoff Monday pleaded guilty in Cattaraugus County Court to reckless endangerment.

Thomas Gilray, 49, of Lippert Hollow Road, pleaded guilty to first-degree attempted reckless endangerment before Judge Larry M. Himelein, who set sentencing for Nov. 14.

Police records indicate that on Feb. 22 Gilray barricaded himself in a home and began drinking around 6 p.m., holding off police until 2 a.m., when he was arrested. Police said he fired shots, almost striking officers at the scene.


Police investigating fall of toddler from window

BATAVIA -- Batavia police are continuing to investigate the fall of a toddler from a second-floor window at an East Avenue home Monday night.

The 17-month-old boy, whose name hasn't been released, was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

The toddler, who was in the room with a 4-year-old boy, fell at about 7:45 p.m. The boy's mother was in the house but not in the room with the children, and she did not witness the fall, according to police reports.

The Genesee County Department of Social Services has joined Batavia police in the investigation.


Man in guarded condition after explosion at his home

ALBION -- A 92-year-old Town of Carlton man is in guarded condition in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, after an explosion and fire at his home about 7 a.m. Tuesday, Orleans County sheriff's officials report.

Leroy D. Bannister, of Point Breeze Road, was in an adjacent room when the explosion occurred inside a camping trailer parked in a partially enclosed carport attached to the rear of the house, sheriff's officials said. Both the trailer and carport were destroyed, and the house sustained substantial damage from the fire.

Bannister's wife, Doris, 93, was not injured, authorities said. The couple will be assisted by the local chapter of the American Red Cross.


Man sentenced to two years in prison for selling drugs

LITTLE VALLEY -- An inmate at the Wyoming County Jail was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to spend more time in prison for selling drugs in the City of Olean.

Terry G. Brown, 22, of Warsaw, was sentenced as a repeat felon to two years in prison for his guilty plea to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, Xanax pills, on July 19 in Olean. He also faces two years of post-release supervision.


Head of firemen's group faces grand larceny charges

STOCKTON -- The president of the Chautauqua County Fireman's Fraternity is facing grand larceny and bad check charges for allegedly obtaining money illegally from the organization's bank account, according to Chautauqua County sheriff's officials.

Robert A. Kawski, 50, was arrested Tuesday morning at his Bowen Road home, arraigned in Pomfret Town Court and taken to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 property bond.

Kawski, authorities said, obtained a bank debit card for the organization without permission of the board of directors and allegedly used it to obtain money from the group's bank account.

Chautauqua County sheriff's criminal investigators began looking into the loss of money from the group, leading them to Kawski. He faces two counts of issuing a bad check as well as the grand larceny charge.


Motorcyclist in crash facing more charges

MAYVILLE -- Chautauqua County sheriff's officials have filed additional charges against a motorcyclist whose 8-year-old passenger was injured in a crash July 25.

Adam M. Johnson, 40, of Dunkirk, slammed his motorcycle into the back of a vehicle stopped at a stop sign in the Town of Dunkirk, authorities said. At the time, he was charged with driving while intoxicated and a violation of Leandra's Law.

Sheriff's officials said they now have charged Johnson with vehicular assault, felony aggravated DWI with a child, felony DWI and endangering the welfare of a child.


Physician sentenced to two years' probation

An Orleans County physician who took illegal advantage of a federal program to provide free vaccinations to poor children was sentenced to two years' probation Tuesday, the U.S. Attorney's office reports.

Dr. Ghulam Mustafa, 48, who worked with Hassan Medical Group in Albion, also was ordered by District Judge Richard J. Arcara to pay $81,544 restitution, authorities said.

According to prosecutor Mary Ellen Kresse, Mustafa submitted numerous claims to health insurance companies for reimbursement for vaccines he administered to patients between 2005 and 2007.

But Mustafa had received the vaccines for free under the federally funded Vaccines For Children program, Kresse said.

The Buffalo FBI office and the U.S. Health & Human Services inspector general's office investigated.