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Lancaster Trustee Marki injured in 3-vehicle crash

Lancaster Village Trustee Edward Marki was injured in an automobile accident as he was on his way to Village Hall, Mayor William Cansdale told members of the audience at the Village Board meeting.

Marki called Cansdale to tell him that he was involved in a three-vehicle accident but he expected to make it to the meeting. The mayor later learned from a Lancaster Volunteer Ambulance Corps member that Marki was taken to Erie County Medical Center .

Cansdale, who talked to Marki after Monday's meeting, told The Buffalo News that the trustee suffered back and neck injuries when he was struck by another vehicle. Marki still was at ECMC at 9:30 p.m. but hoped to be cleared for release soon.


Woman, 18, pleads guilty in fatal golf cart crash

BATAVIA -- An 18-year-old woman is expected to be sentenced to prison after taking responsibility for the death of a friend in a golf cart crash last year.

Cortney Greene, of Byron, pleaded guilty in Genesee County Court to criminally negligent homicide and driving with her ability impaired by alcohol and drugs.

Greene was charged after the Nov. 26 crash that killed Zachary Rusin of Holley.

Authorities said Greene was driving the cart on a rural road in Byron, 25 miles southwest of Rochester, when it was hit by another vehicle. She and Rusin were thrown from the cart.


Jury convicts man, 33, of robbery, burglary

A 33-year-old Buffalo man faces 50 years in state prison after jurors convicted him of first-degree robbery and burglary, the Erie County District Attorney's Office announced Monday.

Amilcar Ramos, of Rhode Island Street, stole money and terrorized residents of a Sidney Street home in May 2011, the office said.

Ramos was convicted Friday of the highest charges he faced after a jury trial before State Supreme Court Justice Penny Wolfgang.

Ramos and Clarence Scarver, 29, who was previously convicted in a trial earlier this year, invaded the home armed with handguns. The two intruders pistol-whipped residents. Three children were in the home at the time of the robbery.

Ramos, a prior felon, is scheduled to be sentenced July 26. Scarver already has been sentenced to 50 years in state prison.


Fillmore Avenue man, 29, accused of slashing woman

A Fillmore Avenue man was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly slashing a woman during an argument in a Wyoming Avenue flat early Sunday and giving police a fake name when arrested.

Terrell J. Levy, 29, was arrested by Buffalo Police Officers Derrick Banaszak and Sherri Peterson at Sussex Court and Humber Avenue at 6:20 a.m., about 10 minutes after the attack in the 400 block of Wyoming.

Levy also was charged with false personation, for allegedly initially claiming he was a "Jermain T. Allen" when confronted by the two police officers. The box cutter used in the assault was found on the ground in the first block of Sussex, according to a police report.


Motorcyclist in crash upgraded to serious

A City of Tonawanda motorcyclist charged with driving while intoxicated following a crash in the 1700 block of Tonawanda Creek Road over the weekend was upgraded from critical to serious condition in the trauma unit of Erie County Medical Center, Monday evening.

David A. Massaro, 55, was found unresponsive by police several feet from his motorcycle. They said it appeared he hit something on the road that caused him to crash.


Lancaster man pleads guilty to vehicular assault

A 44-year-old Lancaster man pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree vehicular assault for driving through a stop sign and striking another vehicle last March, seriously injuring the other driver.

Daryl Simpson, a nurse, faces up to seven years in prison when he is sentenced Aug. 28 by Erie County Judge Thomas Franczyk.

Simpson was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent -- more than twice the legal limit -- when the crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. March 16 at Ransom Road and Broadway in Lancaster.

The other driver, on his way to work, suffered a torn trachea, a fractured sternum and a fractured pelvis, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.


2 girls hit by car remain in critical condition

The two 13-year-old girls hit by a Jeep while crossing Maple Road in Amherst on Saturday evening near Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital remained in critical condition in Buffalo hospitals Monday night.

Briana Francois remained in the trauma unit at Erie County Medical Center and Erin Suszynski still was listed in critical condition at Women & Children's Hospital.

Amherst police said the girls darted into traffic while trying to cross Maple Road. They were struck by a Jeep driving by Maria Hoelzl, 50, of Tonawanda. Hoelzl has not been charged.