posted on December 21, 2011 07:16
An Attica man could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on federal charges of attempting to entice a young boy into sex and drugs.
46-year-old Paul Havlen of Attica has been arrested on charges of coercion and enticement.
Federal prosecutors say Havlen exchanged e-mails and text messages with a person he thought was a 15-year-old boy.
The boy was actually an undercover police officer.
Havlen was arrested when he arrived at Attica Memorial Park to meet the boy.
In Genesee County Court, an emotional statement from the LeRoy man who admitted to burning his father’s house down.
43-year-old Paul Atkinson said he needed help. He was then sentenced to 10 years in prison for arson.
Back in July, in an apparent fit of depression, Atkinson, set himself on fire in his bedroom. The resulting fire destroyed the house and injured Atkinson and his sister and brother in law.
Atkinson’s sister, Wendy Nelson, said that despite her injuries, she forgave Paul and asked for leniency.
Judge Noonan said he empathized with Atkinson’s life problems, but couldn’t ignore the seriousness of the crime.
Also in county court yesterday, the man accused of stabbing another man in the eye pled guilty to a reduced charge.
18-year-old Christopher Preedom pleaded guilty to a charge of Attempted Assault. He was originally charged with assault and burglary.
Preedom eligibility for Youthful Offender status has yet to be determined.
Another company attempts to make a go out of a downtown grocery store.
Owners and local officials cut the ribbon on the Save-A-Lot store on Ellicott Street yesterday.
Several food stores have occupied the same site over the past several years.
Western New York may be setting a record for the smallest pre-Christmas snowfall in more than a century.
The National Weather Service Center in Buffalo is predicting chances of a white Christmas this year as just a hair better than 50-50.
A White Christmas in Western New York is far from a sure thing.
Historically, the chance of having an inch or more of snow on the ground is about 57 percent.