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Attempted school burglary brings three-year term

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Franklinville man faces up to three years in prison for illegally entering Franklinville High School in May.

Johnathen R. Wilcox was sentenced Monday in Cattaraugus County Court to serve two consecutive terms of one to three years for his conviction on charges of third-degree attempted burglary and probation violation.

The incidents occurred May 8, when he attempted to remain illegally in the school building intending to commit a crime.


Golf cart operator charged with DWI

BATAVIA -- A Stoneham, Mass., man who left Terry Hills Golf Course on Sunday evening dressed as a brightly colored duffer was initially mistaken for a clown on a stolen golf cart when authorities caught up with him, Genesee County sheriff's officials reported Monday.

James R. Straub, 37, was allegedly drunk behind the wheel of the motorized cart and charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test. He was arraigned and taken to Genesee County Jail.

Deputies reported that they received a report of a stolen golf cart being driven by a person dressed as a clown at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday after the cart was seen heading west on Clinton Street Road from Terry Hills Golf Course. The cart and brightly attired driver were spotted by police a short time later.


Motorcyclist, 38, killed in collision with car

A motorcyclist was killed late Sunday night in a two-vehicle crash on Buffalo's East Side, police report.

Joseph D. Brown, 38, of Buffalo, was pronounced dead at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday in Erie County Medical Center.

The accident occurred at Jefferson Avenue and Sycamore Street, when a woman driving a car southbound on Jefferson attempted to turn left onto Sycamore in front of Brown's northbound motorcycle, police said.

Charges against the driver are pending. Police didn't release her name.


DWI among charges after vehicle rollover

SALAMANCA -- A Lincoln Avenue man was charged with driving while intoxicated after police said he rolled his vehicle over on East State Street at about 6 a.m. Sunday.

Travis E. Skinner, 30, was not injured, police said. Other charges against him include driving without a license and unlawful possession of marijuana. He's to appear in City Court on Friday.


Lawman seriously injured by inmate is identified

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County sheriff's correctional officer who was seriously injured by an inmate was identified Monday.

Corrections Officer Mark A. Crawley, 45, was injured in a struggle trying to take away contraband tobacco from an inmate Friday. Crawley was pushed over a desk, causing him to break his back on a chair. Crawley was diagnosed with a broken vertebra following X-rays Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

Sheriff James Voutour told The Buffalo News on Sunday that the injury would not result in paralysis, but in months of recovery and what he described as injuries that could be "career-ending."


Olean man sentenced for selling drugs

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man was sentenced to prison Monday in Cattaraugus County Court for selling drugs last December.

Deon Maull, 22, was sentenced to serve two years in prison and restitution for his convictions of fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance in Olean on Dec. 22.


Speeding driver has history of 5 license suspensions

GREAT VALLEY -- A Scio man stopped for speeding on Route 219 was found to have had his driver's license suspended five times for failed court appearances.

Christopher J. Murray, 21, of Wadsworth Hill Road, was stopped at 2:15 p.m. Friday by Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies and arrested for speeding and third-degree unlicensed vehicle operation.

Following arraignment in Ellicottville Town Court, Murray was taken to the county jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.


4 Clarence boys face counterfeiting charges

Four 15-year-old Clarence boys have been arrested on felony charges in connection with the making and passing of counterfeit money, Amherst police said Monday.

"They actually made the money on their computer and passed it around town," said Detective Lt. Joseph A. LaCorte, commander of the Amherst Police Special Victims Unit.

Following a two-month investigation, Detective Ed Solak charged the four boys with felony possession of a forged instrument and petit larceny. Their cases will be sent to Erie County Family Court.

Amherst police were alerted to the counterfeit ring when the phony bills were spotted at stores and lawn fetes in town earlier this summer.