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Two riding on motorcycle injured in collision

KENDALL -- Two Rochester-area residents were in guarded condition Monday after the motorcycle they were riding was involved in a crash with a motor vehicle.

Charges are pending against the driver of the car.

Olean County Sheriff Scott D. Hess said James H. King, 43, and his passenger, Renee C. Tachetter, 41, of Greece, were westbound on his motorcycle on Roosevelt Highway just west of the Monroe-Orleans County Line when Shirley A. Gould, who was eastbound, made a left turn in front of them. Both King and Tachetter were injured in the crash, which happened at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

King was taken by Mercy Flight helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, and Tachetter was taken by ambulance to Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport and then flown from there by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial.

Gould, 78, was uninjured, Hess said.

An investigation into the crash is continuing.


Car parked in driving lane brings drug-related charge

DARIEN -- An Attica woman found parked and asleep in one of the driving lanes of Colby Road was charged Monday morning with driving while under the influence of drugs.

Genesee County Deputy Ronald E. Meides said he went to the scene at about 8:35 a.m., after a someone called to complain of a parked vehicle on Colby Road. The deputy said he found Kayla M. Tyoe, 22, of Market Street, asleep in the driver's seat and a male passenger sleeping in the front passenger's seat.

Deputies who reported the incident said they were not sure what type of drug was involved in the case.


Ex-Rochester Amerk faces up to 20 years in pot case

ROCHESTER -- Sean McMorrow, a former enforcer for the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League, pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distributing marijuana.

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said McMorrow, 29, of Toronto, faces up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $1 million, or both, when he is sentenced Jan. 11 before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. McMorrow, who played for the Amerks from 2003 through 2006, imported large quantities of marijuana inside hockey bags during much of that time from Canada into the United States over the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, according to Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brett A. Harvey and Douglas E. Gregory.

McMorrow also used various individuals, including two women, as drug couriers, Hochul said.


Jamestown man surrenders in store purse theft

JAMESTOWN -- A Jamestown man surrendered to police Monday in connection with a purse theft last week at a Wilson Farms store.

Jason C. Green, 27, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and was being held.

Green turned himself in Monday morning and surrendered several items that were purchased with the victim's stolen credit card, because of the public release of the surveillance photos, police said.

Police Chief Harry L. Snellings said a female also has been identified from the store surveillance and she is being sought.


Lawyers seek plea deal in crash injuring deputy

PORTER -- Lawyers are trying to come up with a plea deal in a driving while intoxicated case tied to a crash that severely injured Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Allan Gerhardt two months ago.

Todd M. Hauser, 35, of Ransomville, was charged with DWI and leaving the scene of an accident. He appeared Monday morning in Town Court for a hearing to discuss the admissibility of statements made the night of his arrest.

His lawyer, George V.C. Muscato, said after the appearance that the hearing will not be necessary if the case can be resolved with a plea deal.

Both sides said they expect to have a resolution by December, but the details of the plea were not discussed. The case was adjourned to Dec. 13.

Hauser, 35, struck a parked car on Youngstown-Lockport Road in the early morning of July 18, then drove off and ran into the woods when he was pulled over a short distance away, deputies said.

Gerhardt, 36, was one of the deputies who responded to a call for help and then crashed into a guardrail on his way, suffering serious injuries that resulted in the loss of both his legs.


Man killed in crash off Youngmann identified

Police have released the identity of the man who died early Saturday following a three-vehicle crash on Colvin Boulevard and a Youngmann Memorial Highway exit ramp.

Charles Hawkins Sr., 54, of the Town of Tonawanda, died in Erie County Medical Center after the crash just before 9 p.m. Friday.

Hawkins was eastbound in his Corvette after exiting the Youngmann when it collided with a southbound SUV. The driver of the SUV was treated and released Friday night.

A third vehicle also was involved but police did not report injuries to occupants of that vehicle. Hawkins' vehicle struck a guardrail after the crash.