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News Update for Mon., July 14, 2014


Allegany Co. woman arrested for alleged driving van involved in accident with Amish buggy in Cattaraugus County...

A Facebook tip is being credited for helping to lead State Police in Cattaraugus County to arrest the woman driving a dark blue mini-van that struck an Amish horse and buggy earlier this month.  Troopers say the driver of the van then fled the scene after the July 7 incident.  The buggy's operator and two sons escaped serious injury.  State Police in Olean say they utilitized social media, seeking the public's help.  They say they received an anonymous call... with a person saying he saw the vehicle allegedly involved just after the accident occured traveling north on Route 16... and, he was able to identify the driver.  With that... troopers have arrested 31 year-old Tiffany Armstrong of Cuba on several vehicle and traffic violations.  They include leaving the scene of a personal injury accident... and, leaving the scene of an accident involving an animal.  Armstrong's accused of driving up behind the horse and buggy in the town of Ishua, and hitting the vehicle, pushing it into a ditch.  The driver did not stop.  The horse survived it's injuries.


Erie man arrested for violating Leandra's Law in town of Portland...

An Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly violating Leandra's Law after he was pulled over for allegedly driving drunk in the town of Portland last Saturday night.  Sheriff's Deputies say 31 year-old Alex Aviles-Sanchez of Erie had allegedly been drinking... then driving when he made several lane changes on Route 5.  Officers say they pulled Aviles-Sanchez over... and, initially charged him with driving while intoxicated... and, then found that two of his passengers were under the age of 16.  That makes the charge a Felony under Leandra's Law.  Aviles-Sanchez was arraigned in Portland Town Court... and, was sent to the Chautauqua County Jail without bail.


Baby allegedly assaulted by father last week now in critical, but stable condition...

A six-month-old baby boy remains in critical... but, stable condition now after he was allegedly assaulted by his father in Jamestown late last week.  City Police Captain Bob Samuelson says the boy's father... 20 year-old Steven Spencer... is accused of assaulting... then striking the child with an object late last Thursday afternoon.  Samuelson says the boy was initially taken to WCA Hospital... then transferred to Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo late that night.  Following an investigation... he says Spencer turned himself into police last Friday afternoon.  He would only say they were interviewing Spencer when he was arrested by officers.  Samuelson would not say if Spencer gave police a formal statement of any kind.  Spencer was charged with second-degree Assault... and, Reckless Assault of a Child.  Samuelson says unfortunately... he's seen this kind of crime before... but, it doesn't make it any less horrific.  Spencer was arraigned in city court early last weekend on the two charges... and, sent to the County Jail without bail.

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