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1 killed, 1 hurt in Cattaraugus County plane crash

GREAT VALLEY — One man was killed and another seriously hurt in a single-engine plane crash Wednesday in Cattaraugus County.

The Olean Times Herald, citing Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb, said a witness noted that the plane appeared to have trouble upon takeoff from the Great Valley Airport, located north of Salamanca.

“There is a pretty significant debris field,” Whitcomb told the Olean Times Herald.

A medical helicopter took another occupant of the plan, described as a male, to a Buffalo hospital for treatment of burns to his face and hands, the sheriff told the Olean newspaper. The injuries are not thought to be life-threatening, he added.

Gowanda Police Department

¯ Andrew Kief, 21, of Taylor Hollow Road in Collins was charged with third-degree criminal mischief at 9:03 p.m. on March 14. Patrol responded to a Buffalo Street business and were notified that Kief had allegedly been involved in a physical altercation. The verbal altercation escalated from a physical altercation, with Kief allegedly intentionally kicking a door in to gain entry. Kief was arrested for felony criminal mischief in the third degree and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Collins Court.

¯ Sterling Doctor, 30, of Foundry Street in Gowanda was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage accident, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and unlicensed operation at 10:05 p.m. on March 28. Doctor was allegedly observed by police operating a vehicle that struck a barrier at a Buffalo Street business. The incident caused heavy damage to the front bumper, which fell of the vehicle. Following the accident, Doctor allegedly attempted to leave the scene by driving on Buffalo Street, but was stopped by patrol. During this stop, a DMV check revealed that Doctor’s license was suspended separate times in 2009, 2013, and 2019. The check further revealed that Doctor has never had a valid driver’s license. Doctor was arrested and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Collins Town Court later.

¯ Nicky Snow, 27 of Milestrip Road in Irving was charged with suspended registration, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell at 2:13 a.m. on March 25. Snow was operating a vehicle which was stopped by patrol, and during the stop, a DMV check revealed that Snow’s license was suspended on Feb. 15 due to a lapse in insurance. Also during the stop, Snow was allegedly found to be in possession of cocaine, as well as 50 small bags for packaging cocaine. Snow was arrested and released on an appearance ticket to appear in court.

¯ James Nelms, 38, of Collins, was charged with failing to dim headlights, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, and unlicensed operation at 12:39 a.m. on April 3. Nelms was stopped for failing to dim his high beams, and during the stop, Nelms was discovered to have several suspended licenses, the most recent of which came on Sept. 4, 2020, for failing to pay child support. Nelms was arrested and was released on an appearance ticket to appear in court later.

¯ Nicholas Faraci, 33, of Lakeshore Boulevard in Angola was charged with expired inspection and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Faraci was stopped by patrol for operating a vehicle with an expired expiration, where it was later determined that Faraci’s license had been suspended in December of 2020 for failing to answer a traffic summons in the Town of Hamburg Court. The check further revealed an active warrant for Faraci’s arrest from the Town of Evans. Faraci was arrested and released on an appearance ticket for the Gowanda charged, but was turned over to the Evans Police Department to process their warrant.


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