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Earl Sprague found Guilty

A Genesee County Court jury has come back with a verdict in the Earl Sprague trial.

He has been found guilty of all counts except criminal solicitation.

The former Alabama man was found guilty of molesting two children. He was indicted on charges he arranged to have witnesses against him killed, but the jury said he was not guilty of the criminal solicitation charge.

The 42-year-old Sprague was indicted on 28 counts of sexual abuse.

Batavia Man Arrested in Connection to State Street Shooting

Batavia City Police have taken Walnut Street resident DaShawn Butler into custody in connection to a September shooting on State Street in Batavia.

The 34-year-old Butler allegedly fired a handgun at another person outside of a State Street home on September 27.

Officers and detectives gathered information from witnesses at the scene who identified Butler as the assailant and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Police had been searching for Butler since the incident and was found after a tip from the public, along with 31-year-old Harvey Lockhart, who was wanted for violation of parole.

They were taken into custody without incident.

Butler was charged with Felony charges of reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of menacing.

He was arraigned in City Court and remanded to Genesee County Jail where he is being held on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Three People Hospitalized following One-Car Crash

Three people are hospitalized following a one-vehicle crash in the Town of Murray.

The incident occurred after 44-year-old Holley resident Scott Kuhn lost control of his SUV on Lynch Road and ran off the road down an embankment. The vehicle over-turned and struck a tree before landing perpendicular to the ground.

Kuhn was trapped inside for nearly two-and-a-half hours before firefighters from several nearby towns were able to remove him.

He was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital by MercyFlight helicopter.

Kuhn’s daughters, ages 12 and 13, were able to free themselves and were taken to Strong by ambulance with non-life-threatening injuries.

Orleans County Sheriffs say that slippery road conditions and speed were contributing factors.

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