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Deputy to serve weekends in jail in threat case

A former Orleans County sheriff's deputy who had originally faced a battery of charges for threatening his estranged wife -- a county assistant district attorney -- with a gun will begin serving weekends in jail Friday.

Jason M. Silleman, 38, was sentenced Wednesday in Orleans County Court on two misdemeanor counts of violating orders of protection.

He had faced a 42-count indictment which included felony gun charges and two criminal contempt charges, all related to an incident April 11, 2011, involving his wife, Susan M. Silleman, at their home in the Town of Carlton. The case was moved to Genesee County due to the conflict, and Jason Silleman took a plea deal on Feb. 21. He also agreed to resign his job as a deputy as part of the plea.

The case was moved back to Orleans County Court for sentencing. County Judge Robert C. Noonan could have sentenced Silleman to a total of two years in jail, one year on each count, but sentenced him to four months of "intermittent incarceration," weekends in jail, and three years' probation.


Rifle shooters will pay for damage to house

Three men shooting rifles, including one who hit a home on Schlemmer Road in the Town of Lancaster on Monday evening when the three were target shooting, have agreed to pay full damage to the homeowners.

An investigation confirmed that the .22-caliber bullet that ended up in the sink of a home in the first block of Schlemmer sometime between 7:30 and 8:10 p.m was an accidental ricochet off the backstop of a target range set up behind private property in the 4600 block of Walden Avenue, Lancaster Police Lt. William Karn said.

The bullet damaged a kitchen window and its frame before ending up in in the sink, where the homeowners found it. When confronted, the target shooters quickly agreed to compensate the homeowners, the police officials said. The amount of the damage has not been determined.

The target shooting was being done with a .22-caliber rifle and a 380-rifle.


Woman, 80, was driving car that crashed into restaurant

Amherst police investigated an incident Monday in which a woman crashed her car into a Williamsville restaurant.

The accident occurred shortly before 4 p.m. at Milo's Restaurant, 5877 Main St.

Marion S. Russel, 80, of the Town of Tonawanda, was operating a 2000 Honda. Her husband, Harold, was a passenger in the car. They were headed to Milo's when she lost control of her car and hit the restaurant. Alan and Doretta Levine of Williamsville, patrons of the restaurant, suffered minor injuries, Amherst police said.


Man gets 6 1/2 -year term for child pornography

A Lancaster man was sentenced Wednesday to 6 1/2 years in prison on his conviction in federal court on charges of enticing a minor and possession of child pornography.

Kevin Martis, 23, was accused of using the Internet on two separate occasions to attempt to lure both a 13- and a 15-year-old into engaging in sexual activity, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura O'Donnell, who handled the case.

O'Donnell said Martis initially contacted the minors through the social networking site Facebook. Police were alerted by the parents of the minors, after which law enforcement found more than 600 images of child pornography on Martis' computer. They included images of children under the age of 12.


Aggravated DWI charged after car hits building

An Amherst man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he struck a building on Roll Road in the Town of Clarence shortly before midnight Tuesday, state police said.

Troopers received a call at about 11:50 p.m. about a car hitting a building on Roll Road at Harris Hill Road. Troopers said they interviewed the driver of the car, Nicholas J. Kowalski, 18, and detected the smell of alcohol.

Authorities said Kowalski failed several field sobriety tests. He was arrested and taken to the State Police barracks in Clarence, where his blood-alcohol content level was 0.18 percent -- more than twice the legal limit for drinking and driving for motorists 21 and over. He also was charged with speeding and failure to stop at a stop sign.


Second count in drug case brings plea of guilty

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man, who already had pleaded guilty to one drug felony, admitted to a second count of the same charge Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Eli L. Clark, 21, of Fuller Street, is to be sentenced June 26 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III on both counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Wednesday, Clark admitted that he was caught with 0.65 ounces of crack cocaine Jan. 30 in the Sunrise Motel in Niagara Falls. Last summer, Clark had pleaded guilty to having two-tenths of an ounce of crack when police raided his apartment on Bryant Street in North Tonawanda March 25, 2011.

A third case, accusing Clark of selling narcotics in North Tonawanda earlier this year, was dismissed as part of a plea deal.