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Accident on I-86 leads to aggravated DWI charge

A Jamestown man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he drove off the pavement at an Interstate 86 rest stop and struck a sign, state police said.

Trooper Kevin Wozniak received the report of an accident at the Ellery Overlook rest stop at about 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Michael Hinman, 44, failed several sobriety tests and was placed under arrest.

He was taken to the state police barracks in Jamestown where he submitted to a breath test. It indicated his blood-alcohol level was 0.22 percent, nearly three times the legal limit.


Fredonia woman accused of food stamp fraud

JAMESTOWN -- A Fredonia woman faces charges after she allegedly received food stamp benefits she was not entitled to, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials reported.

Francisca Dejesus, 20, of East Main Road, was arrested Thursday afternoon in Jamestown and issued tickets to appear in court on charges of offering a false instrument for filing and misuse of food stamps.

Dejesus didn't tell Social Services officials that she was working when she filled out a recertification and received $1,736 in benefits she was not entitled to, officials said.


Man weeps at sentencing for repeatedly molesting girl

Charles Porterfield wept Thursday as Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio ordered him taken into custody to begin a five-year prison term for repeatedly molesting a girl over several years.

That prompted the judge to tell Porterfield his victim "cried for four years."

Porterfield, 24, of Waverly Street, Springville pleaded guilty June 15 to a felony charge of sexual conduct against a child for periodically molesting the girl from early August 2003 until late November 2006.

Prosecutors agreed to a less-than-maximum 7-year prison term on the plea, telling the judge that the now 13-year-old victim was reluctant to testify against Porterfield.

Porterfield, a Springville emergency medical technician, had been free on bail until Thursday.


Child porn possession brings 5 years in prison

A former Lancaster man will serve five years in federal prison after admitting he possessed child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported.

Christopher Marandola, 45, was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. Marandola admitted to the federal felony charge of possessing child pornography after Lancaster police seized electronic equipment, including two computers, from his home during a search.


Ex-school board member admits stealing funds

Former Frontier Central School Board Member Melissa H. Stoddart has pleaded guilty to attempted fourth degree grand larceny, a misdemeanor.

She was accused of misappropriating money from the Brierwood Homeowners Association, where she was an officer.

Stoddart, 61, the former co-owner of Wanakah Nursery, was given a conditional discharge in Hamburg Town Court earlier this month. She paid a $400 fine, and paid restitution of $5,700, said her attorney, Joseph Shaw.


Cocaine dealer facing 40 years in prison

A Buffalo man faces up to 40 years in prison and $2 million in fines when he's sentenced in December for cocaine trafficking, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. reported Friday.

Michael Morris, 47, was convicted by jury trial of possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine and maintaining a premises for distributing crack cocaine after selling crack cocaine from his home at 97 St. Joseph Alley between November 2008 and January 2009.


Police seek public's help to find missing woman

Buffalo police are continuing their search for a missing 21-year-old woman and asking the public for help.

Police are concerned for the health and safety of Roxanne Rose Sadowski of Central Avenue in Buffalo.

Sadowski is 5-foot-8-inches tall, 135 pounds, had red hair at the time she went missing and has a tattoo of a cross and a rose on her right arm that says "R.I.P Dad."

She was reported missing late Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information regarding her whereabouts is asked to call the confidential tip line at 847-2255 or Text a Tip at (716) 847-2255.


Couple pleads guilty to brewing meth in home

A Buffalo couple has pleaded guilty in federal court to various roles in manufacturing methamphetamine in a Chenango Street home, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said.

John McMahon, 50, admitted to felony charges that he maintained a premise for the purpose of manufacturing methamphetamine and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. Judy McMahon, 59, pleaded guilty to conspiring to possess methamphetamine.