Share this article

print logo

POLICE & COURTS

Convicted sex offender to be sentenced April 5

WARSAW -- Wyoming County authorities say they have their man and are ready to sentence him April 5 on a sex crime conviction.

The man in custody maintains they have made a mistake.

Authorities say Eric J. Motzer, 25, is being held in the Wyoming County Jail.

The man behind bars says he is Eric J. Disalvo of Sutton, W.Va.

Acting State Supreme Court Justice Mark H. Dadd of Warsaw ordered the man to remain jailed without bail pending the sentencing.

According to the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, Motzer was found guilty by a Warsaw jury last Sept. 14 of second-degree rape, criminal sexual act, child endangerment and criminal sale of marijuana but was allowed to remain free on $5,000 bail pending his scheduled Sept. 22 sentencing.

But on Sept. 21, Motzer was married in front of a justice of the peace in Genesee County, took the name Eric J. Disalvo and absconded.

On Oct. 5, a man police believe is Motzer was arrested in West Virginia. He fought extradition, losing that effort Feb. 22, and was ordered back to Warsaw, still claiming his name is Disalvo.

***

Two men sought in fight that seriously hurt victim

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Two Niagara Falls, Ont., men are being sought by the Niagara Regional Police Service for their alleged role in a violent street fight early Tuesday outside a Victoria Avenue bar that left the victim fighting for his life.

Michael Nelson Pereira, 33, and Ronald Wayne Sealey, 44, are wanted in connection with the assault of a 45-year-old man at about 12:30 a.m. outside the Sports Beat Bar and Grill at 5259 Victoria.

Police said Pereira and Sealey are wanted on aggravated assault and two counts of breach of probation linked to earlier incidents.

A 23-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the violent street fight on an assault charge, but his name is not being released until Pereira and Sealey are captured, police spokesmen said.

The 45-year-old victim was taken by air ambulance to a Hamilton hospital with life-threatening injuries, but his condition was upgraded to serious Wednesday, police said.

***

Police continue search for missing brothers

State police from Batavia and Canandaigua Wednesday continued their search two Genesee County brothers who haven't been seen since running toward their parked car late Feb. 19 along Interstate 390 in the Monroe County Town of Chili.

They found no sign of David King, 54, or his brother, Michael, 46, of Oakfield, who were reported missing by their family on Feb. 21 amid fears the pair may have accidentally fallen off an I-390 bridge while trying to get to their car.

The Kings were dropped off by a third brother so they could retrieve a car parked on the highway's southbound side. Troopers believe the two men didn't realize there was a gap between the two spans when they jumped over the barriers.

State Police helicopter and dive units have been called into service in the continuing search.

***

Forgery, theft net man weekends in jail, probation

LITTLE VALLEY -- Probation and weekends in the Cattaraugus County Jail were part of the sentence for an Olean man this week in Cattaraugus County Court.

Jessie M. Tarr, 37, was sentenced by Judge M. William Boller to four months of weekends in jail and five years probation for his guilty plea to second-degree attempted forgery and three years' probation for his guilty plea to petit larceny.

Charges stem from an incident Aug. 12 in the Town of Olean when Tarr attempted to forge and cash a family member's check for $225.

***

Holland man hurt in crash listed in fair condition

MIDDLEBURY -- A Holland man was in fair condition Wednesday at Erie County Medical Center, four days after emergency workers extricated him from his crumpled vehicle following an accident on a snow-covered road, officials said.

Johnny C. Barker, 42, was southbound on Saltvale Road about 3 p.m. Saturday when Douglas R. Cox, 39, of Fillmore, who was northbound, lost control of his vehicle and struck Barker's car, Wyoming County sheriff's officials said.

Wyoming Fire Department, Warsaw Rescue and Medic 80 crews extricated Barker from his car. He was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC. Cox was charged with speed not reasonable and prudent and failure to keep right.

***

Deputies find two fugitives in Hanover parking lot

HANOVER -- A Kentucky man allegedly involved in a hit-and-run accident in the Buffalo area and a Syracuse-area man wanted by Onondaga County law enforcement were arrested by Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies in a parking lot at Routes 5 and 20 this week.

Jesse K. Stevens, 35, of Louisville, Ky., is being held on drunken driving charges pending in Hanover Town Court and likely will be taken into custody to Buffalo shortly.

Jarius Chrisjohn, 23, a passenger in Stevens' car, will be turned over to Onondaga County authorities.