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Soldier accused of killing Pvt. Lavrey is identified

The military has released the name of the soldier accused of killing a U.S. Army private from Cattaraugus County last month.

Pvt. John Hughes is charged with murder in the stabbing death May 13 of Thomas M. Lavrey at Fort Riley, Kan.

Hughes also has been charged with larceny and resisting arrest, military officials said.

Lavrey, 21, a West Seneca native living in Machias when he enlisted in 2010, was found unresponsive in his living quarters May 14. The Army said the investigation into the slaying continues.

Hughes is being held at Fort Leavenworth, also in Kansas.

Both soldiers were assigned to Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Lavrey worked as a utilities equipment repairman; Hughes, as a wheeled vehicle mechanic.

The name of the defendant was released after Lavrey's father, Dale, and stepmother, Barbara, expressed frustration about the lack of information regarding their son's death.


Man injured on East Side after officer fires gun

A man was injured early Sunday on the East Side after at least one officer fired his gun, according to Buffalo police.

"The incident began with an apparent traffic stop, and at some point an officer or officers discharged their weapon. One individual was struck," according to a news release from Michael DeGeorge, spokesman for the Police Department. The incident occurred at about 2:30 a.m. on the 300 block of French Street, off Fillmore Avenue.

The injured man was taken to Erie County Medical Center and was initially listed in guarded condition, DeGeorge said. The Internal Affairs Division and homicide detectives are investigating the incident, in accord with standard procedure when an officer discharges his weapon.


Pavilion woman charged under Leandra's Law

A 40-year-old woman was charged Friday under Leandra's Law in Wyoming County after someone reported that she might be driving drunk with a 4-year-old passenger in the car.

After receiving the call, state troopers located the vehicle and driver in the parking lot of the Tops Market in Le Roy. The child was turned over to her child care provider at the scene, state police reported.

Angela R. Kruse, of Pavilion, was taken to the Warsaw barracks, where a breath test indicated her blood-alcohol content was 0.14 percent.

Kruse was arraigned in Le Roy Town Court and remanded to the Genesee County jail on $1,000 bail.


2 stabbed during fight at large party in Kiantone

Three people were injured early Sunday in a fight at a large party in the Town of Kiantone, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported.

Two people were stabbed at the party on Hall Road just before 1:30 a.m., deputies reported. One victim was stabbed in the abdomen and is being treated in WCA Hospital, Jamestown. Another was stabbed in the back and flown by Mercy Flight from WCA to Erie County Medical Center.

A third person suffered a neck injury after being assaulted at the party. That victim was taken by the Kiantone Fire Department to WCA, then flown by Starflight to Hamot Medical Center, Erie, Pa.

The conditions of all three victims were unavailable Sunday night.

The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 753-2131.


Jamestown man charged in attack on 3 in Kiantone

A Jamestown man was charged Friday with three counts of assault in connection with an earlier incident in the Town of Kiantone.

Cortland B. Haines, 18, was charged Friday with three counts of third-degree assault, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office reported.

The arrest resulted from an investigation into an assault that occurred at about 2 a.m. June 16 at a large party on Riverside Road, deputies said. Three people were punched and kicked, causing two of them to seek treatment for facial and head injuries in WCA Hospital.


Woman, dog are rescued from boat near Angola

A woman and her dog were rescued Saturday evening after her boat grounded in Lake Erie near Angola and started taking on water, the Coast Guard reported.

A Coast Guard crew tried to free the woman's boat at about 8 p.m. but was unable to because of the water depth. Instead, the woman and her dog were brought aboard the 33-foot Coast Guard boat because of concerns about the stability of her vessel.

The woman was wearing a life jacket. The Coast Guard did not release her name or age.

A commercial tow company arrived and was able to "refloat" the woman's boat.

"A lot of the time, we refer mariners in non-emergency situations to commercial salvage and assistance companies," said Petty Officer First Class Bradley Derflinger. "In this case, though, we felt the situation presented a reasonable amount of danger to those aboard, so we responded to assist them."