| Erie Times-News
Black mother in Rochester pepper sprayed by cops
A Rochester police officer has been placed on administrative duty after using pepper spray on a woman suspected of shoplifting who tried to escape with her 3-year-old child in her arms, authorities said Friday. (March 5)
An Erie man accused by city police of speeding when his car collided with a motorcycle on East Lake Road in June, a crash that led to the death of the motorcyclist, is facing trial after his case was held for court on Tuesday.
Charges including a felony count of homicide by vehicle were held for court against Alphonso T. Tate, 44, following his preliminary hearing.
Erie police accuse Tate of driving a Toyota Camry as fast as 63 mph in a 25-mph zone seconds before his car collided with a Harley-Davidson motorcycle driven by 58-year-old Michael Ernst of Erie. Ernst was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at UPMC Hamot.
Investigators wrote in Tate’s criminal complaint that Ernst was attempting to cross East Lake Road to a garage on the southwest corner of East Lake Road and Payne Avenue when the collision occurred.
In other recent Erie County court action:
• Two Erie residents accused by the Pennsylvania State Police of delivering a quantity of suspected methamphetamine to a location in Union City in early January are facing trial after one waived her charges to court and the other was held for court following their preliminary hearings on March 1.
Amy L. Leburg, 44, waived to court felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication device. Blazie W. Sypin, 40, was held for court on those charges following his hearing.
Troopers accuse Leburg and Sypin of selling an ounce of suspected methamphetamine to another person in an undercover drug buy in Union City on Jan. 7.
• Erie resident Joshua M. Bingham, 35, charged by the Pennsylvania State Police in an investigation into armed robberies at two gas stations in Harborcreek Township in January, waived his criminal case to court at his preliminary hearing on Tuesday.
Bingham waived to court charges including first-degree felony counts of robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. Troopers charged him and 30-year-old Amira Sager in their investigation into robberies at a Kwik Fill and a Country Fair in Harborcreek.
Sager waived her criminal case to court in February.