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Pilot escapes injury after plane crash in Dunkirk

DUNKIRK -- A Syracuse-area pilot escaped injury when his small, single-engine plane crash-landed Saturday morning near the Thruway in Dunkirk.

Edmund T. Coughlin, 49, of Manlius, told authorities he was en route from the Syracuse area to Dart Airport in Mayville when the Piper J3C ran out of gas, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said.

Coughlin tried to land the plane on the Thruway Golf Range on Bennett Road, adjacent to the Thruway.

Richard Kullberg, owner of the golf range, was giving a golf lesson when he noticed the low-flying plane.

"That propeller isn't turning," Kullberg told the golf students. "This plane is going to crash at the end of the golf range."

Instead, the plane just missed the range and crash landed in a drainage ditch along the north edge of the property at about 11 a.m. Saturday.

Coughlin was able to free himself from the plane. He was not injured and no charges are pending, officials said.


Silver Creek woman dies in crash with tractor-trailer

SHERIDAN -- A teenage Silver Creek driver died after she apparently drove into the path of a tractor-trailer late Friday night on Route 5 in the town of Sheridan, Chautauqua County sheriff's officials said.

At 11:39 p.m., Sasha Vazquez, 18, was westbound on Route 5 when she crossed the center line and collided head-on with an eastbound truck driven by Robert L. Baldwin, 45, of Amherst, Ohio.

Rescuers extricated Vazquez from her car. She was rushed to Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, where she was later pronounced dead.

Baldwin was not injured.

No charges have been filed.


Plaintiff in Facebook case loses another round in court

A Southern Tier man who is suing for half-ownership of Facebook has again failed to convince a federal judge that he shouldn't have to give the social networking company access to all of his email accounts dating to 2003.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Arcara has upheld a magistrate judge's order requiring Paul Ceglia of Wellsville to produce all email accounts he's used since enlisting Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg to help him with a street-mapping database he was creating.

Ceglia has objected numerous times on privacy and other grounds but has lost each time.

Facebook wants access to Ceglia's emails to try to disprove Ceglia's claims that when he hired Zuckerberg for his streets project, he gave him startup money for Facebook with the agreement he'd own half if it took off.


Hamburg woman injured when car goes into ravine

A woman was injured Saturday when her vehicle went off the road and tumbled 50 to 60 feet down a ravine near Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park.

Judith A. Mammoser, 74, of Hamburg, suffered internal injuries and was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where she was listed in serious condition, a hospital official said Saturday night.

Orchard Park police received multiple calls at around 11:30 a.m. Saturday about a car that went off Chestnut Ridge Road and into a ravine, just south of Chestnut Ridge Park.

The vehicle came to rest in a creek and was heavily damaged.

Firefighters from the Orchard Park and Hillcrest fire companies pulled Mammoser from the ravine.


Group of teenage girls chokes, robs cab driver

A cabbie was choked and robbed by a group of teenage girls late Friday night, police said.

The cab driver for Liberty Cab told police she picked up the five girls from an address on Theodore Street. They wanted to be driven to the 1600 block of Broadway.

When they arrived at the destination, the driver said she was choked from behind. Someone grabbed $55 in cash from the driver and the girls ran away.

The girls were wearing matching red T-shirts with white lettering spelling the word "Bang."


Twin brothers, 18, stabbed at Boys & Girls Club

Eighteen-year-old twin brothers were stabbed Friday afternoon when they were attacked while playing basketball at the Boys & Girls Club at 2061 Bailey Ave., police said.

The victims were playing ball shortly after 3 p.m. when they were attacked by about seven males. One twin suffered a knife wound to his right upper back and other was knifed in the left lower back. Both were treated at Erie County Medical Center.


Delaware Ave. bank robbed by man who said he had gun

A man claiming to have a gun robbed the M&T Bank at 2310 Delaware Ave. early Friday evening, Northwest District police said.

A teller reported to police that at about 5:40 p.m., a man wearing a baseball cap, a tan pullover and sunglasses passed her a note stating that he had a gun and that he wanted money. The teller did not see the weapon.

The man fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.