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Man, 43, fatally injured crossing at intersection

JAMESTOWN -- A 43-year-old man was fatally injured Monday night when he was struck by a vehicle at an intersection, Jamestown police said Tuesday.

Terry T. Harper walked into the path of a southbound vehicle on Washington Street at West 13th Street at about 9:10 p.m., according to a preliminary police investigation.

He was taken to WCA Hospital, where he died as the result of his injuries, police said.

Charges are not expected to be placed against the driver, said police, who continue to investigate the incident with the help of the Chautauqua County Accident Reconstruction Team.


Goemble Avenue man, 24, arrested in house break-in

A Goemble Avenue man being held on burglary and criminal mischief charges allegedly broke into a Roosevelt Avenue woman's home early Tuesday.

Terralle B. Keyes, 24, was arrested in a bedroom of the house after the woman fled and called police at about 5:40 a.m.

Keyes, who is accused of breaking a front window to enter the house, is being held on second-degree burglary and criminal mischief charges.


Teen enters guilty plea in DWI crash with rig

An Orchard Park teenager pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree vehicular assault and driving while intoxicated for running his vehicle into a parked tractor-trailer March 25, injuring his three teenage passengers.

Ryan Alvarez, 18, faces up to four years in prison when he is sentenced Oct. 2 by Erie County Judge Michael Pietruszka, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Alvarez's car was heading south on Clarksburg Road in North Collins at about 2 a.m. when Alvarez missed a curve in the road. He entered a private driveway and hit the parked truck.

Both the car and tractor-trailer caught fire.

Alvarez and three other teenagers in the car were injured. A 17-year-old passenger suffered a serious physical injury, according to the District Attorney's Office.


2 Gowanda women charged in reservation vehicle theft

PERRYSBURG -- Two Gowanda women arrested Tuesday stole a car from a residence on Burning Springs Road on the Cattaraugus Reservation early Sunday, state police said.

Geraldine Seneca, 30, and Kachine Lay, 19, are charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.


Tempe, Ariz., man pleads guilty to trafficking pot

An Arizona man pleaded guilty Tuesday before U.S. District Judge William Skretny to conspiracy to traffic drugs and distribute marijuana.

Elijah Chaffino, 32, of Tempe, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana, for distributing 110 pounds of marijuana as an interstate drug trafficker. He could face up to 20 years in prison and a

$1 million fine when sentenced Sept. 28.

Prosecutors said that from 2009 through January Chaffino and four others conspired to traffic between Arizona and the Buffalo area.

Chaffino, the first of the defendants to be tried, mailed packages containing marijuana from Arizona to several locations in Buffalo.


Police say cyclist with beer had heroin in pants pocket

Buffalo police stopped a man on a bicycle in the 700 block of Prospect Avenue, where they said they saw him sipping a beer.

Jose C. Ferrer, 48, was arrested by police after they said they found 19 bags of heroin in his pants pocket at about 6 p.m. Tuesday. Ferrer was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Threat to social workers charged in woman's arrest

RIDGEWAY -- A Ridgeway woman arrested Tuesday at her Murdock Road home is accused of threatening to shoot Child Protective Services staff and police if they came to her home.

Laura S. Snider, 29, is charged with making a terrorist threat, obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and endangering the welfare of her three children, ages 4, 6 and 13.

Orleans County Sheriff Scott D. Hess said the Sheriff's Office was alerted after Snider threatened a Catholic Charities social worker visiting the home Monday to check on the welfare of the three children. Snider was arrested after social workers and deputies went to her home Tuesday, authorities said.

Snider was arraigned before Ridgeway Town Justice Dawn Kepplers and is being held in Orleans County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.


Leandra's Law employed in woman's DWI arrest

PORTER -- A woman who drove intoxicated Sunday with four children in her vehicle ill face Leandra's Law charges, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Carla A. Gibson, 34, of Creek Road, Youngstown was stopped at 8:43 p.m. on Brayley Road and charged with with aggravated DWI. She was convicted of DWI in 2008.