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Motorcyclist killed trying to pass SUV

BERGEN -- A Rochester-area motorcyclist was fatally injured Monday when he tried to pass a sport utility vehicle on Route 19, according to the Genesee County Sheriff's Office.

Gregory P. Healy, 26, of Keith Terrace, North Chili, who was driving with a motorcycle learner's permit, was pronounced dead at the scene by County Coroner Robert Yungfleisch.

Deputies said Healy was headed north at about noon and trying to overtake another northbound vehicle, a 2007 Toyota SUV operated by Denine Scott of Batavia, when he struck the SUV's left rear tire, tipping his motorcycle, which went over a guardrail on the highway's west edge.

Healy was ejected from his bike and apparently died instantly, deputies said.

Scott, though shaken by the incident, was not injured, deputies said.

Healy's body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.

Initial findings indicate the crash was caused by Healy's excessive speed and inexperience on a motorcycle, deputies said. An investigation by the sheriff's Crash Management Team is continuing.

Units of the Bergen Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the scene.


Arkwright man accused of drug trafficking

An Arkwright man accused of trafficking in painkillers and other controlled drugs will be arraigned in U.S. District Court today following a raid on his house Thursday by federal and local agents.

Ralph E. Jackson Sr., 39, of Center Road, was taken into custody during the raid by Drug Enforcement Agency officers, along with the Chautauqua County unit of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.

Drug Task Force officials said that during the raid agents seized a half-pound of marijuana and about 200 prescription pills.

Jackson was charged with intent to distribute opiate-based painkillers and other drugs. He is accused of heading a Florida-to-Chautauqua County drug trafficking enterprise, officials said.

The arrest came after a nearly seven-month investigation that continues, authorities said.

Jackson has been in the Erie County Holding Center as he awaits arraignment.


Two-car crash in Mansfield injures 3 adults, 2 children

MANSFIELD -- Three women and two children were taken to the hospital Sunday after a two-car crash, Cattaraugus County sheriff's officials said.

Dione L. Rimmer, 47, of Mississauga, Ont., and Cassie Rimmer, 68, of Milton, Ont., were traveling in a northbound car on Toad Hollow Road at 2:23 p.m. when Rimmer went through a stop sign at Toad Hollow and Otto Maples roads, officials said.

Their car collided with an eastbound vehicle driven by Stephanie Avery, no age available, of Cattaraugus County. Avery had two children in the car. All involved were taken by ambulance to Bertrand-Chaffee Hospital in Springville for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Hospital officials said the five were expected to be released, and Dione Rimmer was issued a traffic ticket for failing to stop at a stop sign, sheriff's officials said.


Ontario driver accused of fleeing from police

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A Ridgeway man was charged with fleeing from police and dangerous driving after he allegedly fled from officers after he was stopped on Kalar Road on Sunday morning.

Stephen Gallinger, 37, was arrested shortly after he crashed his car on the VIA Rail station tracks, Niagara Regional Police said.

After a brief search, Gallinger was found on Buttrey Street and charged with flight while being pursued by police, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, obstructing a peace officer and driving while disqualified, police reported Monday.


Woman accused of hitting mother in domestic dispute

A 25-year-old Chautauqua County woman has been accused of punching her mother in the eye during a domestic dispute Sunday in their Town of Hanover home, state police at Fredonia reported Monday.

Tiffany Sciarrino, 25, of Silver Creek, was charged with third-degree assault and criminal mischief, following the domestic dispute in the family's Angell Road home.

During the dispute, troopers said, Sciarrino broke her mother's cellphone and then punched her in the eye, leaving her with a two-inch laceration above her right eye.

The victim was treated in Lake Shore Hospital, Irving.


Brocton man charged in vehicle break-ins

BROCTON -- An 18-year-old Lake Avenue resident is being held in the Chautauqua County Jail on larceny charges linked to a continuing investigation of a series of vehicle break-ins in Brocton over the last two months, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

Torry R. Kenny surrendered at Brocton Village Court and was sent to the county jail.

Sheriff's Office spokesmen said investigators have recovered stolen items, but an investigation continues and more arrests are possible.