LITTLE VALLEY – A Machias man who was critically injured in a motorcycle crash that took the life of his passenger pleaded not guilty this week before Cattaraugus County Judge Ronald D. Ploetz to a 12-count indictment.
Michael Baker, 51, was charged with two counts each of vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees, vehicular assault in the first and second degrees, driving while intoxicated and single counts of second-degree assault and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Baker was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center after the crash off McKinstry Road in Machias about 7 p.m. Aug. 11, 2013.
State Police, who never released the name of the woman fatally injured in the crash, said Baker lost control on a curve, driving onto gravel and ejecting both him and his passenger. Cattaraugus County District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Baker posted a blood alcohol level of 0.20 percent – more than twice the state’s legal limit.
• Roy W. Thompson, 24, who is believed to have lived in Buffalo and, since April 2013, is serving a three-year term at the state’s Watertown Correctional Facility for an Erie County felony conviction, was ordered to spend another three to six years in prison on his third-degree burglary conviction for a Machias home break-in on May 25, 2012.
• Susan E. McKay, 54, of Delavan, pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing her of bilking a dozen acquaintances out of more than $150,000 from January 2011 through last August, in a bogus business scheme. She was indicted on three counts of grand larceny in the second degree and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree.
• Shawn M. DeLong, 24, now of Fort Myers, Fla., was placed on probation for 10 years on his guilty plea to attempted sexual abuse in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child for incidents involving a 10-year-old child in the Town of Carrollton in April.
• Glenn Fisher II, 24, of Dunkirk, was sentenced to two to four years in prison on his guilty plea to third-degree burglary in Gowanda on Jan. 31, 2014.
• Bradley C. Fluent, 40, of Olean, was placed on probation for five years after being convicted of first-degree vehicular assault and aggravated driving while intoxicated with a 14-year-old who was injured in Carrollton on June 7. District Attorney Lori Pettit Rieman said Fluent posted a blood-alcohol level of 0.20 percent, more than twice the state’s legal limit.
• Donald H. Licht, 65, of Olean, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of burglary in the third degree for a Town of Humphrey break-in in March 2014. He faces sentencing May 11.
• Rodney L. Vanerstrom, 46, of Bradford, Pa., pleaded guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated in the City of Salamanca last May 31. He posted a blood alcohol level of 0.19 percent and faces sentencing May 11.
• Stormy L. Evans, 22, of Freedom, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging her with burglary in the third degree and petit larceny for a Town of Freedom house burglary and theft of property last Oct. 12.