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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.

Greene is expected to be sentenced Sept. 6 to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison under the terms of a plea bargain Monday.


Crash in wake of shooting injures three people

A shooting sparked by a dispute among acquaintances left no one hurt in Allegany County early Monday, but a subsequent car crash left three people injured, one of them seriously, state police reported.

The shooting occurred at about 1:30 a.m. in a residence on Route 275 in the Village of Richburg, authorities said. Four people fled from the shooting scene in a vehicle that crashed at county Routes 40 and 34.

Three of the people in the vehicle were taken to Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, and one of them was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, in serious condition, authorities said.

The names of those involved were not released.


Child sexual abuse brings 10 years' probation

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Olean man was sentenced Monday to 10 years of probation on his felony conviction of promoting a sexual performance by a child.

Brian R. Benson, 24, of Olean, engaged in the criminal activity between last June 15 and Oct. 25 in Olean, according to Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman.

His victim was younger than 17 years old.


Guilty plea entered in violent home invasion

LITTLE VALLEY -- A Jamestown man pleaded guilty Monday to first- and second-degree robbery, first- and second-degree burglary, third-degree assault and petit larceny for a violent home invasion Nov. 10 in Randolph.

Cameron S. Rives, 20, forcibly stole property and displayed a firearm during the incident, said Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman.

He remains jailed in the Cattaraugus County Jail in lieu of either $150,000 bail or $300,000 bond. He faces sentencing Aug. 13.


Ohio man injured in tubing accident

CHAUTAUQUA -- An Ohio man was treated in Westfield Hospital on Sunday for neck injuries he suffered in a tubing accident on Chautauqua Lake, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported Monday.

Adam G. Fludine, 20, of Beachwood, Ohio, was tubing with friends off a vessel operated by Francis O'Shaughnessy, 20, of University Heights, Ohio, when he was thrown off the tube and injured his neck about 12:55 p.m., deputies said. He was taken to the hospital by the Maple Springs Fire Department.


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.

District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III lauded prosecutor Michael Felicetta for successfully prosecuting both defendants.

"Two dangerous thugs have been brought to justice and will hopefully serve lengthy prison sentences," Sedita said in a statement.


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.

He was taken to ECMC by Mercy Flight.