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Monday, October 27, 2008

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Coudersport-based state police have charged an Emporium man in connection to a fatal collision taking place during the evening of September 6 on Route 120 in Shippen Township Cameron County.

Nicholas Caton. 25, was released on $25,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned Friday before District Judge Alvin Brown on charges of involuntary manslaughter, homicide by vehicle while DUI, aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, DUI of alcohol or controlled substance and failing to stay on the right side of the highway. A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for November 6 before District Judge Brown.

Christopher Purcell, 17, of Emporium died in a collision on took place when Caton, while headed east, passed another vehicle and never returned to his own lane and his Toyota Corrolla clipped the right quarter panel on a Ford Explorer driven by Purcell and caused the SUV to roll over before coming to rest on the driver’s side.

Purcell was not wearing a seatbelt and was pronounced dead at the scene by Cameron County Coroner Ted Walters. Three passengers in his vehicle, 20 year old Marley Tallyen a 16 year old boy, both of Emporium and a girl from Driftwood were all taken to Elk Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to moderate. Caton was unhurt.

Police say they believe alcohol was a factor and the investigation is continuing. The road was closed for about 5-1/2 hours after the 9:30 p.m. collision.

State police are looking for the driver of a car which eluded troopers during a high speed chase last Tuesday night in and around Ulysses.

Authorities say when a patrol officer, with lights and siren activated, tried to pull over the light colored four door passenger car for a traffic violation, the car continued traveling west on Route 49 through Ulysses Borough into Ulysses Township; then went onto Empson Road in Ulysses Township and back into the Borough via Fox Hill Road.

The car was last seen traveling at a high rate of speed eastbound on Route 49 and police say the pursuit was ended because of safety concerns. Anyone with information about the car and/or the incident is asked to call the local barracks at 274-8690.

Deer were factors in several recent crashes across the region.

State police here say Debra Carr of Coudersport escaped injury Friday night when her Pontiac Vibe hit a whitetail on The Brookland Road in Sweden Township. While the car sustained disabling damage, the deer apparently was none the worse for wear and took off from the site and was unable to be located.

A deer hit by a van in Harrison Township last Thursday morning wasn’t so lucky. Rita Reisinger of Harrison Valley was headed west on Route 49 near the Potter/Tioga County line when her Dodge Grand Caravan collided with a whitetail, killing it instantly. Reisinger escaped injury but her van had to be towed away.

State police at Mansfield say Jesse Johnson of Elkland and his passengers Trudy Urbaniak and Isabel Urbaniak all of Elkland escaped injury Saturday night when his Dodge Caliber hit a deer standing on Route 15 in Liberty Township. The vehicle also sustained disabling damage.

Coudersport-based state police are investigating an Access Device Fraud victimizing a Genesee resident. Someone obtained a credit card number belonging to Shelly Rennells and used it to buy some $1178 worth of merchandise on the internet over the past couple of months.

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