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Bergen man is accused of sex contact with 3 girls

LEROY -- A Bergen man faces three sex charges related to underage girls, Genesee County sheriff's officials said.

Stephen I. Stone, 45, of South Lake Street, was charged Thursday with first-degree sodomy, rape and committing a criminal sexual act involving three alleged incidents from 1997 to 2008. Stone allegedly had sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl from 1997 to 1998, had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl by "forcible compulsion" in 2004 and had sexual contact with a 16-year-old girl by force in 2008, police said.

Stone was arraigned in Town Court and sent to jail in lieu of $100,000 bail, officials said. He is scheduled to appear in Leroy Town Court Jan. 9.


Driver with revoked license charged in rollover crash

CHAUTAUQUA -- A Brocton man with a revoked driver's license was charged by Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies Thursday evening with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to wear a seat belt and failure to maintain lane safety after his car rolled over on Parcell Road.

Richard A. Harrell, 50, of East Main Street, had to be helped out of his overturned car at about 5 p.m., deputies reported. Uninjured, Harrell was issued an appearance ticket for Town Court. Deputies said Harrell's driver's license was revoked after a drunken driving arrest last year. He was uninjured in the one-car crash.


Swerving car in Brant leads to DWI charge

A 52-year-old woman faces drunken driving charges after a deputy spotted her vehicle swerving in Brant early Thursday, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

Lorrie A. Sikorski was stopped on Milestrip Road at about 2:20 a.m. She was charged with driving while intoxicated and taken to a sheriff's substation in North Collins, where she refused to submit to a breath test.

Sikorski was released on appearance tickets returnable to the Brant Town Court at a later date, officials said.


Suspect charged after man shot to death on E. Side

An East Side man was shot and killed Wednesday night on Briscoe Avenue, according to Buffalo police reports.

Wayne P. Vance, 29, was charged with second-degree murder, possession of a loaded firearm and resisting arrest after police responded to his home at 69 Briscoe at about 7:30 p.m.

Vance was forcibly subdued by responding officers, who found a small handgun they believe was used to kill the man, whose identity has not been released.

Vance is well-known to police. In July 2006, he tried to skip out on a bill in Sisters Hospital by giving a false name, according to police reports.

Vance, who was treated in Sisters Hospital for a gunshot wound, told Officer Vatasha Tibbs that his name was Wade L. Hawkins. When confronted with a police photo of Hawkins, Vance said he lied because he didn't want to pay the hospital bill and he was on parole, according to police.

In Dec. 2001, Vance tried to outsmart police by hiding a loaded handgun in an oversized boot after a traffic stop arrest, according to reports.

Wednesday night's victim is the city's 36th homicide victim of the year.


E. Side man faces charges in barricading incident

Police have charged an East Side man who barricaded himself in a home in the first block of Erb Street on Wednesday.

Jermaine Joyner, 40, was charged Thursday with obstructing governmental administration and criminal contempt. He surrendered without incident at about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Police initially responded to a call of shots fired in that area, and Buffalo Police SWAT and the Hostage Management teams were called to the scene after the man barricaded himself inside a home.

No individuals were injured in the standoff, police said.

Joyner, who has lived on Schutrum Street and Harvard Place, has been in trouble with the law before. In 2001, he was arrested as an accomplice to a man who broke up an argument on Schutrum Street and was charged with robbing and threatening to kill one of the people involved. He was charged with robbery, two weapons-related counts, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. In 1990, he was charged with second-degree assault after police accused him of helping beat a pregnant woman with a pipe and a beer-filled bottle.


Camera films suspects in $4,000 theft

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office Thursday was investigating the theft of $4,000 from two dog wash machines at Zach's Car Wash at 3509 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Apparently so pleased with the haul, one of the bandits got out of the getaway car to inspect it for damage after he accidentally backed into a concrete post in front of the store Tuesday evening -- with a surveillance camera filming his actions. A camera also recorded both suspects breaking into the machines. The owners of the popular car wash have offered a $500 reward to anyone with information that leads to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call deputies at 438-3394.