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>Two NU students listed as critical in crash

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Two female students at Niagara University were listed in critical condition today after their car collided with two tractor-trailers, one of them head-on, Monday evening on the I-190.

Courtney M. Stevenson, 19, of Getzville, and Mary O'Connor, 18, of Syracuse, were both taken to Erie County Medical Center, where they remained in the Trauma ICU unit today.

State Police said Stevenson lost control of her 2006 Saturn on icy pavement while heading south on the I-190, just south of the Witmer Road exit, at about 6:05 p.m.

Her vehicle struck a southbound tractor-trailer, forcing the car into the center median and the northbound lanes, where it was struck head-on by the northbound truck, troopers said.

The southbound truck was operated by Robert Palfrey of Niagara Falls, Ont. The northbound truck was operated by Jake Van Niekerk of Ingersol, Ont. He suffered minor injuries to his neck and back, State Police said.

Accident reconstruction experts were called to the scene. Any witnesses are asked to call the State Police at 434-5588.

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>Jailed Indian activist loses bid for FBI data

Leonard Peltier, the American Indian activist convicted of killing two FBI agents in 1975, has lost another round in his local court battle over secret government documents.

Citing national security concerns, U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny rejected Peltier's request for five pages of documents held by the FBI.

Michael Kuzma, a Buffalo lawyer and a member of Peltier's defense team, expressed frustration with the time it took Skretny to rule. Court papers indicate the judge reviewed the documents last June.

"We're appealing," said Kuzma. "It's incredible that it took him 254 days to render a decision."

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>School bus driver charged with having child porn

A school bus driver was charged Monday with possessing child pornography obtained over the Internet from Russia.

Terryl Noyes, of Buffalo, was released on his own recognizance following his initial appearance in U.S. District Court, where a judge ordered him to inform his employer of his arrest. Noyes told investigators that he downloaded images of children believed to be 10 to 12 years old from a Web site offering child pornography, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which conducted the investigation.

Noyes also allegedly traded images with others. He could not be reached to comment Monday.

Keith Fisher, president of Fisher Bus Service of Hamburg, said that Noyes resigned from the company Monday.

Noyes, who previously worked for Laidlaw Bus Co., began working at Fisher a year ago after passing a background check, Fisher said. He worked primarily in the Orchard Park Central School District.

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>Car without headlights leads to DWI charge

Police stopped a motorist they said was driving without headlights early Monday and arrested him on a charge of drunken driving.

South District police said Michael Sapp, 28, of Grape Street, Lackawanna, was traveling south on Seneca Street, near Buffum Street, when Officer Corey Krug pulled him over at about 4:30 a.m.

Police said Sapp registered a 0.21 reading on Breathalyzer test.

Sapp was charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, consumption of alcohol in a vehicle and improper automobile equipment, for driving with no headlights.

According to police reports, Sapp had no driver's license at the time of his arrest because it was revoked on June 10, 1997, following a conviction for driving while intoxicated.

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>Young boy with BB gun shoots at city school bus

A boy fired several shots from a BB gun at a school bus on Mills Street at about 3 p.m. Monday, breaking three windows, Buffalo police said.

The driver of the Buffalo School District bus told police he was traveling north on Mills when he saw the boy, estimated to be 8 to 10 years old, point a BB gun at the bus and fire several shots. Six pupils on the bus were uninjured, police said, and the boy fled through yards on Mills.

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