Victim of fatal shooting in Kill Buck identified
KILL BUCK – The man shot and killed late Friday in this Cattaraugus County hamlet has been identified as 58-year-old Henry F. Ackley, sheriff's officials reported.
The shooting death occurred shortly before midnight at a home on Route 417.
Sheriff's officials have released no other information on the killing, but The Buffalo News confirmed through state prison records that Ackley served about six years at Orleans Correctional Facility for a 1985 first-degree sodomy conviction in Cattaraugus County.
Because of that conviction, Ackley was a state-registered sex offender who had to alert police agencies about his home address and if he planned to move. The Sheriff's Office would not discuss whether his killing was related to his criminal history.
Ackley's last obligations to the state prison system over his conviction expired in December 1994.
Four men and juvenile arrested in cabin burglaries
SHELDON – Four men and a 16-year-old juvenile were arrested by the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office on Sunday after a three-month investigation of burglaries at seasonal cabins on State Route 98.
The juvenile and three of the men were arrested in their homes along Route 98.
Joseph K. Spiritosanto, 44, the alleged ringleader of the operation, was charged in the County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges.
Spiritosanto, Keri L. Werbowski, 39, and Corey L. Allen, 18, were all charged with third-degree burglary. Spiritosanto also was charged with grand larceny, criminal trespassing and attempted petit larceny. Werbowski also was charged with criminal tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief, petit larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Allen also was charged with criminal tampering with physical evidence, criminal trespass in the third-degree, petit larceny, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and unlawfully dealing with a minor.
All three are being held at the County Jail pending further court proceedings.
Brian D. Hastings, 18, and the 16-year-old were both charged with third-degree criminal trespassing and issued appearance tickets for Town Court proceedings Oct. 22.
The investigation, led by Deputy Colin Reagan and Sgt. Erik Tamol, also unearthed evidence of multiple underage drinking parties in the burglarized cabins during the summer, sheriff's officials said.
Erratic driving results in aggravated DWI charge
SHELDON – A Java man was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, DWI and failure to keep right by Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Bryant at about 9 p.m. Saturday.
Douglas Nieves, 42, was erratically crossing the center line on the southbound Route 98, Bryant reported.
Nieves registered a blood-alcohol content reading of more than 0.18 percent, which led to the aggravated DWI count. He was ordered to appear in Town Court on Oct. 22.
Buffalo woman, 21, charged with child endangerment
ARCADE – A Buffalo woman was arrested by Wyoming County sheriff's deputies and briefly held early Saturday for allegedly being drunk and letting a 15-year-old unlicensed relative drive her to a campground on Genesee Road from Franklinville.
Michelle L. Comstock, 21, was arrested at about 2 a.m., the Sheriff's Office reported Monday. She was arraigned in Town Court on a child endangerment count and briefly committed to the Wyoming County Jail.
Woman in knife incident at wedding party arraigned
FRENCH CREEK – A Cheektowaga woman accused of pulling a knife on a bar manager during a wedding reception late Saturday at Peek'n Peak was charged with second-degree menacing and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Jilian M. Chludzinski, 29, was arraigned in Town Court and is in Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $4,000 bail, authorities said.
Sheriff's deputies said that at about 11 p.m., the manager of the Regency Pub refused to serve Chludzinski drinks because she appeared to be intoxicated. The suspect, deputies said, threatened to stab the bar manager and, when denied service again, followed through on her threat, swinging the knife at the manager. Chludzinski, deputies said, was disarmed by a security officer until deputies arrived.
Campsite burglaries bring prison term of 1 to 3 years
LITTLE VALLEY – A Steamburg man was ordered by Cattaraugus County Judge Larry Himelein to serve one to three years in state prison and pay full restitution on his felony attempted burglary conviction.
Ward B. Wheeler, 55, admitted stealing items from campsites along the Allegany River in South Valley and selling them for scrap for nearly a year, until his August 2011 arrest.