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A Clarence man surrendered early this morning to the Erie County Sheriff's Department SWAT Team and hostage negotiators after a 2 1/2 -hour standoff during which he threatened to kill himself and his family, authorities said.

Timothy Brickel, 31, of Goodrich Road refused to let his wife and three young children leave the residence, according to deputies, who said he had choked his spouse and threatened to shoot her. Authorities said he was intoxicated.

At 1:46 a.m., he peacefully surrendered to hostage negotiators John Politowski and Dennis Rankin and SWAT members

Brickel, who was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, was charged with unlawful imprisonment, criminal possession of a weapon, assault, endangering the welfare of children and menacing.

Police arrest man, 29,
in rape of Ashley Street teen

Broadway Annex officers Thursday apprehended a 29-year-old man wanted in the rape of an Ashley Street teenager in her driveway late Wednesday, authorities said.

Kyle Inabinett of Lombard Street also was charged with sexual abuse in the attack, according to Lt. Joseph Makowski, who was assisted by Officers Bohdan Papisz, Steve Zipp, Kevin Kennedy and Thomas McCarthy.

The teen was taken to Children's Hospital for medical treatment after the assault, which occurred at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Switched plates on car
lead to marijuana charge

A Shirley Avenue man who was spotted driving a car with switched license plates was arrested early today by Northeast District police, who found 15 bags of marijuana on him, authorities said.

John Butler, 23, of the 400 block of Shirley, was charged with driving an unregistered vehicle, having no insurance, driving without a license and criminal possession of marijuana by Lt. Michael McCarthy and Officers Patrick Baggott and Anthony Porzio.

The arrest occurred at 3:20 a.m. on Bailey Avenue at Scajaquada Street.

Mother, two girls overcome
by carbon monoxide fumes

A mother and her two daughters were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from a vehicle in their attached garage at 545 Allenhurst Road, Eggertsville, Thursday night.

Rural/Metro Ambulance and Eggertsville Volunteer Fire Company responded to the 8:30 p.m. call. The 41-year-old mother and her two daughters, ages 8 and 10, were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Their conditions were not life-threatening.

Videotape of house break-in
leads to arrest of Falls man

NIAGARA FALLS -- Videotape from a hidden camera has led to the arrest of a Walnut Avenue man in a Jan. 29 break-in at a Hyde Park Boulevard residence.

Police on Thursday charged Wesley C. Carlisto, 19, with second-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Carlisto is accused of stealing $1,050 in cash, cigarettes, a bottle of rum and two water pipes.

Injured trucker accepts
$1.2 million settlement

A Lewiston trucker whose back problems worsened while he tried to lift an overstuffed trash bin has accepted a $1.2 million insurance settlement, his lawyer said Thursday.

Mark Winker, 43, accepted the settlement by carriers for Buffalo Paperboard Co. on the eve of a Niagara Falls jury trial before State Supreme Court Justice Amy Jo Fricano, according to his lawyer, Eric Grossman.

Though Winker had minor back pain prior to the Nov. 30, 1992, incident at Buffalo Paperboard's Lockport gypsum paper plant, he suffered a severely herniated disc while trying to lift an overfilled bin at the plant, Grossman said.

Careless smoking is blamed
in Town of Tonawanda fire

Careless smoking was blamed for a fire in the Sheridan Parkside area of the Town of Tonawanda, where two occupants of a house were taken to hospitals Thursday.

Douglas Allen of Curwood Court told police he was smoking in his room when he dropped the cigarette under his bed. He was taken to Kenmore Mercy Hospital, and another occupant, Jesse Allen, was taken to Erie County Medical Center. Both were treated and released. Fire Investigator Dennis Carson said a damage estimate was not available.

Falls police seek 2 suspects
who shot at man on 10th St.

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are looking for two suspects who fired several gunshots at a Pierce Avenue man early Thursday as he was driving on 10th Street, Officer John Eodice said.

Two bullets hit the vehicle, one below the driver's-door window and the other in the center of the rear driver's-side door. The driver, Alfonso R. Carter, 27, was not injured, Eodice said.

Carter said the incident occurred at about 2:20 a.m. as he approached the traffic light at 10th Street and Cedar Avenue. He said a man got out of a parked van and shot at him four or five times with what appeared to be a handgun. A second person standing at the corner fired at least two more shots at him, Eodice said.

Two-car accident in Newfane
injures three people

NEWFANE -- A two-car accident on slippery Dublin Road late Thursday afternoon sent three people to hospitals with injuries.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Department said Joseph M. Reale, 21, of Slayton Settlement Road was traveling east when he lost control of his vehicle at about 4:45 p.m. and spun out of control, colliding head-on with a westbound vehicle.

Reale suffered internal injuries and was taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, by Mercy Flight. He was charged with unsafe tires and failure to fasten his seat belt.

The other driver, Donna Rick, 60, of New Road, suffered minor injuries and was taken to Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital.

Reale's passenger, Leslie A. Huntington, 19, of East Main Street, also was taken to Newfane Inter-Community with minor injuries.

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