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Workers at 3 stores accused of selling alcohol to minors

AMITY -- State police charged three people with selling alcohol to minors following an undercover operation last week that visited 10 stores in Allegany County.

Troopers out of the Amity barracks, working with State Liquor Authority agents, Wednesday conducted compliance inspections at liquor stores, convenience stores and other establishments in Alma, Belfast, Bolivar, Friendship, Scio and Wellsville, troopers reported Sunday.

Three people were charged with violating the state's Alcohol Beverage Control Act after an underage customer participating in the sting was able to buy alcohol at their stores:

Cheryl S. Reed, 53, of Alma, an employee of Town N Country Market, 5920 State Route 417, Allentown; Heather G. Raczka, 53, of Friendship, an employee of the Uni-Mart, 310 Main St., Bolivar; and Norman T. Cassady, 50, of Belfast, an employee of the Belfast Liquor Store, 6 Main St., Belfast.

Employees at the other seven stores did not sell alcohol to the underage customer.


South Dayton man killed when motorcycle hits tree

POLAND -- A 30-year-old South Dayton man was killed Saturday afternoon in this Chautauqua County town after he lost control of his motorcycle, which went off the road and crashed into a tree, state police reported Sunday.

Allen E. Jones, of Main Street, was riding a 1982 Yamaha motorcycle south on State Route 62 in Poland when he failed to negotiate a right curve in the roadway at the intersection with Miller Valley Road, according to troopers from the Jamestown barracks.

Troopers said it's likely Jones missed the curve in the road because he was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed.

Jones crossed over the northbound lane of traffic, left the east shoulder of the road and struck a tree, troopers reported.

Chautauqua County Coroner John Sixbey pronounced Jones dead at the scene. Firefighters from the Kennedy Volunteer Fire Company also responded to the crash.


Motive in fatal shooting of tow-truck driver unclear

Buffalo police Sunday had little new information to report on their probe into Saturday's fatal shooting of a tow-truck operator on the city's East Side.

Detectives were still trying to develop a motive for the slaying of Corddaryl Henley, 25, of Buffalo, who was shot shortly before 1:40 p.m. at Walden Avenue and Latour Street, just east of Martin Luther King Park, after dropping off a vehicle at Latour Auto, police said.

Investigators also are awaiting the results of the autopsy by the Erie County medical examiner, police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said Sunday.

Henley was still inside his truck when a silver or gray vehicle pulled up and a gunman fired multiple shots at him. He drove the tow truck south on Latour, where he struck a parked car, a fire hydrant and a second vehicle traveling westbound on Walden, before crashing into the front porch of a home on Walden.

Anyone with information is asked to call or text message the Buffalo police anonymous TIP-CALL line at 847-2255 or submit the information via the "Report a Tip" function on the department's website,


Troopers arrest 5 drivers on alcohol-related charges

Five drivers ranging in age from 18 to 72 were charged with drunken driving or driving while ability impaired during weekend arrests by state police in Erie and Wyoming counties.

Charged on Sunday were Andrew Pohlman, 18, of Orchard Park, and Tabitha H. Dixon, 26, of Cheektowaga.

Pohlman was on Route 219 when his car became disabled. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.07 percent, and he was charged with driving while ability impaired.

Dixon was stopped for an unsafe lane change on Seneca Street in Elma. She was charged with DWI after her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.17 percent, troopers said.

Edward J. Wojtowicz, 72, of Lancaster, was charged with DWI on Friday evening following a speeding stop on Girdle Road on Elma.

Charged with DWI early Saturday were Hunter B. Lyle, 18, of Silver Springs, who was stopped on Route 20A in Warsaw, and Jessica R. Mucha, 23, of East Aurora. Mucha initially was stopped for speeding on Seneca Street in Elma, troopers said.

Lyle also was charged with violating Leandra's Law because a 14-year-old passenger was in the car with him.


Traffic stop in Sardinia brings drug charges for 2

Two Cattaraugus County residents were charged Saturday with narcotics possession after they were stopped on Route 16 in Sardinia by Erie County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies said they found various pills, including oxycodone, endocet and hydrocodone, in a car driven by Katherine M. Loomis, 24, of Machias. Neither Loomis, nor a passenger, Matthew G. Bellaus, 19, of Franklinville, had a valid prescription for the drugs, according to sheriff's officials.

Both were charged with five counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance.