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Man faces 50 years to life in child sex predator case

A child sex predator faces from 50 years to life in prison when sentenced next month following his conviction on two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, incest and endangering the welfare of a child, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III.

John Black, 40, was convicted as charged after a jury trial before Acting Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski, Sedita said Friday.

Black was convicted of repeated acts of sodomy on an 8-year-old child and will be sentenced June 21.


Two-vehicle crash sends two to hospital in Jamestown

CHAUTAUQUA -- A two-vehicle crash on Route 394 Saturday afternoon sent two people to the hospital, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.

Pamela M. Kemp, 51, of Erie, Pa., and her passenger, Kyle VanTassel, 16, also of Erie, were transported to WCA Hospital, but the extent of their injuries was unclear late Saturday.

Andrew Stone, 33, of Jamestown, was driving west on Route 394 at about 4:15 p.m., when he missed his destination and pulled over to the side of the road, officials said.

When Stone tried to get back onto the road, he pulled in front of the eastbound vehicle driven by Kemp, officials added.

Stone was issued a traffic ticket for failing to yield the right of way and is scheduled to appear in Town of Chautauqua Court at a later date.


Two men, teen accused of stealing car in April

Two men and a 17-year-old boy were arrested Thursday for the theft of a Buffalo woman's car last month.

Torrey Overstreet, 31; Layton E. Bronaugh, 32; and the 17-year-old were arrested by Buffalo Police Officer Jeremy Connolly about 5 p.m. on Koons Avenue. They were charged with criminal possession of stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

All were issued appearance tickets for Buffalo City Court. The car, a 2007 black Chevrolet Impala, was reported stolen April 27.

On routine patrol, Connolly pulled the car to the curb in the 400 block of Koons after noticing it lacked a front license plate. Bronaugh, who was driving, also was cited for traffic infractions, according to a police report.


2 tied to attempted theft from town highway barns

CHARLOTTE -- A 36-year-old man and a teenager are accused of trying to steal scrap metal from the Town of Charlotte highway barns on Saturday, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office said.

John A. Carpenter, 36, of Sinclairville, was charged with larceny and is scheduled to appear in Town Court at a later date, officials said. A 17-year-old male also was charged with petit larceny, but sheriff's officials did not release his name.

The two are accused of trying to take scrap metal brought to the highway barn by local residents during the spring cleanup, officials said.

The two were confronted by the highway superintendent and an employee, who blocked them in until deputies arrived on the scene at around 5 p.m. Saturday.

A juvenile was allegedly involved in the incident, as well.

The investigation is continuing and other charges may be pending.

Drug charges lodged in bust on Rainbow Bridge

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Mississauga, Ont., woman faces drug charges following her arrest on the Rainbow Bridge early Saturday.

Christina P. Russell, 36, is charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and unlawful possession of marijuana. Authorities said they found 2.2 grams of powder cocaine and a small amount of marijuana as she tried to enter the United States.


40,000 pounds of shavings spilled in collision on I-86

RED HOUSE -- A tractor-trailer traveling east on Interstate 86 near Red House flipped over Friday afternoon after being clipped by a car, leaving the drivers of both vehicles injured and spilling 40,000 pounds of metal shavings onto the road, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office said.

Ricardo Roman Jr., 29, of Brooklyn, was eastbound in a rented 2012 Toyota Prius at about 4 p.m., when he moved from the right lane into the left lane and struck the front end of the tractor trailer, driven by Robert J. Mitchell, 47, of Wellsville.

The truck flipped over and landed on top of the Toyota, and came to rest blocking the entire eastbound side of the road.

The two were being treated for injuries not considered life-threatening injuries, authorities said..

Roman was cited for making an unsafe lane change.


Man unloading groceries targeted in $500 theft

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Fourth Street man was robbed shortly after 4 p.m. Friday while unloading groceries from his car.

Police said the victim had left his wallet and iPhone in the unlocked car while taking the groceries into a Whitney Avenue home. Both were targeted by the thief.

The loss was placed at $500.