Bar employee hurt trying to stop assault
NIAGARA FALLS -- A bar employee was stabbed in the face with a knife when he tried to stop eight men from attacking another man early Saturday inside the business, police said.
The assault occurred at 3:18 a.m. in Pharaoh's Bar, 1919 Whirlpool St., police said.
The employee was treated for a cut to his cheek in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, then released, police said. The man he was trying to help was treated in the same hospital and also released, police said.
A bar patron, Antoine A. Brown, 26, of Florida Street, was charged with disorderly conduct when he refused police orders to leave the scene of the fight, police said.
Man, 18, allegedly punched boy
NIAGARA FALLS -- Police charged a Pierce Avenue man with assault for allegedly punching a 13-year-old boy in the face in the 2800 block of Pine Avenue about 8:30 p.m.
Curtis D. Pugh Jr., 18, also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child.
Two men charged with assault
LEWISTON -- Two men were arrested early Saturday after they assaulted a North Tonawanda man on Upper Mountain Road, Patrolman Alan F. Baird said.
Zachary Barrard, 17, of Upper Mountain Road, and John Rogers, 18, of Shawnee Road, Cambria, were charged with assault at 2 a.m. by patrolmen Michael Schuey and James Ullery at Saunders Settlement and Townline roads, Baird said.
The victim was treated for injuries in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, then released, Baird said.
Barrard also was charged with criminal mischief for allegedly breaking a window out of the victim's car. Rogers also was charged with driving while intoxicated, consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of marijuana, Baird said.
Oficer hurt trying to break up fight
PENDLETON -- Sheriff's Capt. Bruce Wright suffered minor injuries when he was assaulted while trying to break up a fight late Friday at South Transit Lanes, 6280 S. Transit Road, deputies said.
Two men were arrested. Wright was released after being treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital, deputies said.
Robert Drake, 26, no address available, was charged with second-degree assault, criminal mischief, harassment and obstructing governmental administration. His brother, Gary Drake, 29, no address available, was charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental administration, deputies said.
Deputies said they were called to the scene after a fight broke out and one man was thrown through a 4-foot-square window that separates the bar from a lounge area.
Two sought in robbery of teenager
NIAGARA FALLS -- Detectives are looking for two men who entered a Packard Court apartment early Saturday and robbed a teenager of a silver neck chain and charms valued at $150.
The teen, who was baby-sitting a neighbor at the time, said the men entered the apartment about 1:30 a.m. and one punched him while the other threatened him with a baseball bat.
The robbers also made off with a set of car keys, police said.
The victim was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, then released.
Detectives Patrick Corsaro and John Olander are investigating, police said.
Woman charged in truck-stop robbery
NIAGARA FALLS -- A Hyde Park Boulevard woman has been charged in connection with the Dec. 12 robbery of more than $1,000 from Junior's Truck Stop, 56th Street and Niagara Falls Boulevard, Detective Carl Berak said Saturday.
Sharon L. Johnpier, 21, was charged with first-degree robbery. She is accused of being the getaway driver in the holdup. Police said two others entered the restaurant, beat up a waitress and took the cash. More arrests are pending, Berak said.
4 teens caught with stolen property
LOCKPORT -- Four teenagers were arrested early Saturday when they were caught with property reported stolen from A&A Beauty, 45 Locust St., Officer Steven Ritchie said.
Charged with grand larceny and criminal mischief are Stephen T. Donelson, 16, of East Avenue; Richard J. Zimmerman, 17, of Hawley Street; William D. Weigand II, 17, of Rapids Road; and Richard L. Cavagnaro, 17, of Pine Street.
Ritchie and Blesk, a police dog, made the arrests while investigating a report of people on the roof of the Locust Street address. Police said they found Donelson and Zimmerman at an open truck behind the business and the other two at the top of the fire escape.
Former resident to sign book copies
LEWISTON -- Catherine McClure Gildiner, former resident and author of "Too Close to the Falls," will read from her memoir and sign copies of her book at a reception at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lewiston Public Library, 305 S. Eighth St.
Gildiner relates her memories of growing up in Lewiston in the 1950s and presents her accounts, which have been called "hilariously eccentric," of a unique childhood in a small town.
Gildiner has been in private practice in clinical psychology for nearly 20 years. She writes a monthly advice column for Chatelaine, a Canadian magazine, and is a contributor to other Canadian newspapers and magazines. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and three children.
Books will be available for purchase, and light refreshments will be offered.