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Friday, February 28, 2014 at 3:58 pm

Driver issued citations following yesterday's two-car accident on Lewiston Road

post by Howard B. Owens in accident, Alabama

Two people suffered minor injuries Thursday following a two-car collision in the area of 1630 Lewiston Road, Alabama.

The accident was reported at 12:40 p.m.

Injured were A.M. Vanwyngaarden, 23, of Jackson Road, Holley, and Phillip C. Rhoades II, 46, of Main Street, Candor.

According to the accident report written by Deputy Chris Parker, Vanwyngararden's 2004 Pontiac sedan was heading west on Lewiston Road when it traveled off the north shoulder. It then moved back across the eastbound lane and struck the 2011 Hyundai sedan driven by Rhoades.

Vanwyngaarden was issued citations for alleged failure to stay on the right side of the road and uninspected motor vehicle.

(Initial Report)

Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm

House filling with smoke on Macomber Road, Alabama

post by Billie Owens in Alabama, fire

A house is reportedly filling with smoke at 6912 Macomber Road, Alabama. The location is between Judge and Ham roads. Alabama Fire Department is responding. Dispatch says it is possibly a chimney or wood stove problem.

Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Head-on collision on Lewiston Road, minor injuries reported

post by Billie Owens in Alabama

A two-car head-on collision with minor injuries is reported at 1630 Lewiston Road, east of Route 77. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE: Photo submitted by Bruce Webber, who said he was in the area working on his truck and saw the crash. The silver car, he said, went off the north side of the road and the driver appeared to over correct and hit a Honda almost head on. "I was a couple of feet away," Webber said. "Parts and pieces everywhere."

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 3:22 pm

DA granted motion to drop remaining charges against convicted child molester

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, crime
Earl Sprague

There will not be a second trial for convicted child molester Earl Sprague, who has already been sentenced following his first trial to 21 years in prison.

District Attorney Lawrence Friedman made a motion this morning, which was granted by County Court Judge Robert Noonan, to dismiss the remaining charges against Sprague.

The 42-year-old Sprague was facing a possible trial on eight felony counts, including two counts of burglary, 1st, sexual abuse, 1st, criminal sexual act, 1st, aggravated sexual abuse, 1st, two counts predatory sexual assault, a Class II-A felony, and one count of assault, 1st.

Friedman said he could not discuss the reason for the motion to drop the charges.

"We made a determination we couldn't really proceed with the remaining charges," Friedman said. "That's all I can really say."

The former Alabama resident was convicted by a jury on 28 counts of sexual abuse.

Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Car wreck on Sumner Road, Darien

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama, corfu

A two-car accident with minor injuries is reported at 192 Sumner Road in Darien. Alabama Fire Department and Mercy medics are responding.

UPDATE 11:35 a.m.: The accident is in Crittenden. Erie County and Alden are handling. The patient is a sign-off. Darien and Mercy medics are back in service.

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 11:42 pm

Guns stolen from a shop in Alabama, suspects in dark colored pickup

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, crime

Within the past hour, a gun shop on Route 77 in Alabama was burglarized and guns were stolen.

The suspect vehicle is a dark colored pickup truck, unknown direction of travel.

State Police are on scene.

UPDATE 10:43 p.m.: Orleans County dispatch has informed Genesee County dispatch of a possible related burglary in that jurisdiction. Communication equipment, such as that used by fire and police personnel, were taken. It occurred after the Alabama burglary. The Alabama suspect vehicle is described as an S-10 type of pickup truck, dark in color, with a loud exhaust.

UPDATE 11:45 p.m.: Seven double-barrel shotguns are missing, too.

Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

T-bone accident reported at Tesnow and Wright roads, Alabama

post by Billie Owens in accidents, Alabama

A motor-vehicle accident, reportedly a T-bone with at least two injuries, is reported at Tesnow and Wright roads in the Town of Alabama. Alabama Fire Department is responding along with Mercy medics. This is east of the Tonawanda Indian Reservation.

UPDATE 6:16 p.m.: A rescue unit from Akron is requested to provide mutual aid to the scene. Indian Falls Fire Department is asked to shut down Tesnow at Akron Road and also Bloomingdale Road.

UPDATE 6:21 p.m.: A Mercy medic confirms two injured parties in a pickup truck. No extrication needed. Akron can stand down.

UPDATE 6:24 p.m.: A second Mercy ambulance is requested.

UPDATE 6:25 p.m.: The Highway Department will be notified that "salt is needed on this hill."

UPDATE 6:35 p.m.: Two patients transported to St. Joe's in Buffalo.

Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Still no decision on new attorney for man facing additional sexual abuse charges

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, crime
Earl Sprague

It's still not clear who will represent Earl Sprague in his second trial on child sexual abuse charges.

Sprague, already serving a 21-year sentence on child sexual abuse charges, appeared in County Court today dressed in state prison green, to hear Judge Robert C. Noonan tell William Tedford from the Public Defender's Office that regardless of who represents Sprague, the trial is going forward March 24.

The 42-year-old former Alabama resident faces an additional eight felony  counts, including two counts of burglary, 1st, sexual abuse, 1st, criminal sexual act, 1st, aggravated sexual abuse, 1st, two counts predatory sexual assault, a Class II-A felony, and one count of assault, 1st.

The Class II-A felony carries a possible life sentence.

Last week, Sprague asked that Fred Rarick, who was court-appointed to represent him in his trial on 28 felony counts, be dismissed as his attorney for the second trial.

Noonan granted his wish and assigned the case to the Public Defender's Office.

Today, Tedford asked Noonan to delay the case because Tedford already has four possible trials between now and April, plus the office will be short-handed at the end of March because Public Defender Gary Horton is retiring.

"My personal trial schedule will give me a limited time to prepare," Teford said. "While I consider myself a quality attorney, I submit that six weeks to properly preper for a trial on such serious charges would result in ineffective counsel for Mr. Sprague.

Noonan said it's actually seven and a half weeks, which should be enough time to prepare; however, Noonan said taking everything into account, he has arranged for an attorney from the assigned council office to come to court tomorrow and go over the case with Sprague and Tedford and see if he will be able to take on the case and be ready for trial March 24.

"This case has lingered on far too long," Noonan said.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 8:22 am

Two school districts announce closures this morning

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, Oakfield, Pavilion, schools, weather

Oakfield-Alabama schools are closed this morning, due to weather.

Pavilion school is closed, due to plumbing issues.

Pavilion students scheduled to take a regents exam at Pavilion High School are to report to the elementary building at their scheduled test time.

The National Weather Service has a wind chill advisory in effect until 10 a.m. with wind chills expected to be 15 to 25 degrees below zero.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 7:33 pm

Convicted child abuser will get new attorney for second trial

post by Howard B. Owens in Alabama, crime
Earl Sprague

Earl Sprague, sentenced yesterday to 21 years in prison for child sexual abuse, will have a new attorney when he goes on trial -- possibly in March -- on a separate set of charges, including predatory sexual assault.

During an appearance today to set a trial date on the eight counts still pending against Sprague, attorney Fred Rarick told Judge Robert C. Noonan that it was apparent to him that Sprague no longer had confidence in him and that a new attorney should be appointed to represent the 42-year-old Alabama resident.

Noonan expressed some skepticism that Sprague really needed a new attorney, praising Rarick's ability as a criminal defense attorney.

"Mr. Rarick is one of the most experience criminal defense attorneys we have around here in handling very serious matters such as yours," Noonan told Sprague. "He worked very hard on this case. If there was a difference over strategy, that's not unusual."

Sprague told Noonan that he felt there was evidence that Rarick didn't bring out at trial that he thought should have been presented to the jury.

"I won't get into specifics, but there was a point in the trial where he said if we do this, they're (motioning toward the prosecution) is going to try and do something else," Sprague said. "We talked about it. I thought about it and then I said go ahead and he didn't go ahead and do it. None of it was brought up."

Noonan expressed concern that a change in attorney could delay the second trial, but after a little more conversation with Sprague and Rarick agreed to refer the case to the Public Defender's Office.

Sprague faces a trial on eight felony counts, including two counts of burglary, 1st, sexual abuse, 1st, criminal sexual act, 1st, aggravated sexual abuse, 1st, two counts predatory sexual assault, a Class II-A felony, and one count of assault, 1st.

Noonan set a trial date of March 24.

Sprague be back in court Jan. 30 to ensure a new attorney has been appointed and is working on the case and can be ready for trial on that date.

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