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May crash resulting in serious injuries leads to charges

OBSERVER Staff Report

RIPLEY – A motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a Route 76 accident last May is now being charged after toxicology reports concluded he was intoxicated at the time.

According to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, David Baum, 24, of Ripley is being charged with driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or greater, failure to keep right and speed not reasonable and prudent.

Baum was injured in an accident on May 16 shortly after midnight. An investigation at that time showed Baum was traveling south at a high rate of speed when he lost control around a curve. The motorcycle overturned and struck a guard rail.

Baum was flown by helicopter to UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie, Pa., and remained hospitalized in critical condition for some time. He will answer the charges in Ripley Court.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office

IRVING – John Was-ierski, 38, of Henry Street was charged with petit larceny Monday. The charge stems from an incident that occurred on or around Sept. 5 when Wasierski allegedly stole a Bosch Skill Saw and a Milwaukee Limited Edition Sawzall from his landlord. He will appear in Hanover Town Court.