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Driver injured in rollover remains in critical condition

FALCONER -- The Chautauqua County man severely injured when his pickup crashed Monday evening remained in critical condition in the trauma unit of Erie County Medical Center on Tuesday night.

Jeffrey A. Gunnell, 50, of Falconer, was driving on Waterman Road when his vehicle went off the road and rolled over several times, sheriff's officials said.

Initially taken to WCA Hospital in Jamestown, he was transferred to the Buffalo hospital because of the severity of his injuries.

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Man suing Facebook agrees to release emails

The Allegany County man who claims to own half of the social networking giant Facebook has agreed to release his personal emails.

Lawyers for Paul Ceglia of Wellsville filed court papers late Monday indicating their client has consented to giving Facebook access to all his email accounts dating back to 2003.

Ceglia's decision came just weeks after a federal court judge upheld another judge's order requiring him to release his email accounts. Ceglia had objected on privacy and other grounds.

Facebook wants access to the accounts to try to disprove Ceglia's claims that when he hired company founder Mark Zuckerberg for another project, he also gave him money to start Facebook.

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Ohio man faces charges after incident at casino

SALAMANCA -- An Ohio man who refused to leave the Seneca Allegany Casino and fought with Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies was arrested over the weekend and charged with obstructing governmental administration, sheriff's officials said.

Mark T. Gregoreski, 42, of Berea, Ohio, was asked to leave the casino at about 1:29 a.m. Sunday, but refused. Deputies said he grabbed an officer's wrist and had to be taken to the ground to be placed into custody.

Gregoreski was issued a ticket to answer to the charge Oct. 7 in City Court.

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DWI conviction brings Caneadea man prison term

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Allegany County man was sentenced in Cattaraugus County Court on Monday to serve up to three years in prison for his conviction of driving while intoxicated in the City of Olean.

Albert J. Johnson, 50, of Caneadea, was sentenced by Judge Larry M. Himelein to serve one to three years in prison, fined $1,000 and had his driver's license revoked for driving drunk on March 1, 2010.

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Parents, grandparents warned about bail scam

MAYVILLE -- Parents and grandparents in Chautauqua County are being targeted by scam artists who are using personal details to get older residents to send money to "help" a child or grandchild who is supposedly in jail, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

The telephone scam has been reported in the county recently, said Sheriff Joseph A. Gerace. He cautioned residents to be on guard against scammers, and to always check out such claims with a few phone calls to verify if a family member has been arrested.

In the latest scam, parents and grandparents receive a phone call from a person claiming to be a child or grandchild who is being held by police, Gerace's office stated. The call usually comes with a poor connection and background noise, and after a few minutes another scam artist comes on the line, pretending to be a police officer, lawyer or bail bondsman.

The scam artists then try to get the victim to send a check or money order. Gerace said they emphasize secrecy in the scam calls, to keep the victim from checking out their claims.

Gerace's office said residents can report scamming incidents to their local law enforcement agencies.

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Robbers tie up employees of steakhouse, take cash

Four employees of the Outback Steakhouse on McKinley Parkway were tied up by thieves during an armed robbery late Monday, Town of Hamburg police said.

The robbers tied the hands and feet of all four employees with tape during the robbery, which occurred at about 10:15 p.m.

Two thieves, one armed with a gun, entered through the rear door of the restaurant after closing time, as kitchen employees opened the door to take out the trash, police said. The robbers then forced the employees back into the restaurant before taking an undetermined amount of cash.

Following the robbery, the thieves, joined by a third accomplice, fled in a car parked in the front lot. Police have recovered the car.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Hamburg police at 648-5118, Ext. 2614.

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East Aurora driver remains critical with head injury

Tyler Nowicki, the 20-year-old East Aurora man who suffered serious head injuries in a one-car crash on Girard Avenue on Friday, remained in critical condition at Erie County Medical Center on Monday night.

East Aurora police said Nowicki, possibly because of excessive speed, lost control of his vehicle shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, left the roadway and slammed into a tree.

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