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Man, 18, accused of texting threatening messages

EAST OTTO -- An 18-year-old Sky Ranch Road man was charged with criminal impersonation and multiple counts of aggravated harassment and stalking for allegedly sending unwanted and threatening text messages to numerous girls and women in Dayton, Gowanda, Machias and Otto, state police said Saturday.

Joseph W. Bach was arrested Tuesday after an investigation by troopers based in Collins, as well as the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office and the Village of Gowanda police.

During the last two months, investigators said, Bach used Facebook to get phone numbers and other personal information about his victims, who ranged in age from 16 to 19. Police said he would request they send him inappropriate pictures of themselves to his phone or threaten to post other pictures he had of them on Facebook if they refused to comply.

Troopers got a break in the case when a victim reported a text she had received Dec. 18. With the help of Verizon Wireless, police were able to track down the location of the source of the text. It led them to Sky Ranch Ranch Road, and Bach was subsequently arrested. More charges may be pending against Bach, troopers said.


One of five victims of collision dies

One of the victims of a two-car crash Friday night in Hamburg has died, police said Saturday.

The victim's name was not released.

Shortly before 8 p.m., two vehicles crashed in the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and McKinley Parkway. There were a total of five people in the two vehicles. They all were taken to Mercy Hospital or Erie County Medical Center.

The victim who died was pronounced dead in Mercy Hospital. Two more victims remained in ECMC on Saturday. Their conditions were not available. The two others were discharged.

Accident investigators are asking any witnesses to the accident to call 648-5111, Ext. 2640.


Deputies charge three with DWI within four hours

Three motorists were charged with driving while intoxicated during a period of a few hours overnight Friday, the Erie County Sheriff's Office reported Saturday.

The first arrest occurred shortly before midnight Friday in the Town of Evans, where Deputy Daniel Harris stopped a vehicle on the Thruway for failure to keep right. The driver, Rachel A. Monnen, 27, of Depew, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent, deputies said.

At about 2:25 a.m. Saturday in the Town of Clarence, Deputy Ben Pisa stopped a car that reportedly was speeding along Main Street. Its driver, Stephanie M. Casciano, 20, of Williamsville, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.16 percent, twice the legal limit, deputies said.

It was approximately 3:20 a.m. Saturday when Deputy Matthew Krypel stopped a vehicle on Erie Road in the Town of Evans for failure to keep right. John D. Redman, 52, of Lake View, the driver, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent, deputies said.


Suspect in fatal shooting pleads to manslaughter

A Buffalo man pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Friday for the shooting death of a man outside his Stockbridge Avenue home in April.

Tyreek R. Williams, 20, when he was arraigned in September, had been charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the death of Gilbert L. Adams Jr., 28.

Adams was sitting in a car in a driveway when he was shot at least five times.

Williams faces up to 25 years in prison when sentenced by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia.

Police had found Williams hiding in an East Side home after receiving a tip.


Youth seriously injured in hunting accident

SHELDON -- A 16-year-old Strykersville youth was seriously injured when he was shot in a hunting accident Friday, Wyoming County sheriff's officials said Saturday.

Shortly after noon, three friends were out hunting coyotes near Perry Road when one of the youths, identified as a 17-year-old from Delevan, accidentally discharged a 3 0/3 0 rifle, striking the 16-year-old, who was in a tree, officials said.

The victim was shot on the side of his lower back from a distance of 5 to 10 feet, investigators said.

He was airlifted by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery. His condition was unavailable Saturday.

None of the names of the parties involved were released.