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>Driver charged with DWI after crash injures four

ROYALTON -- Four people were injured early New Year's morning in an accident on Hartland Road here.

Niagara County sheriff's investigators said a pickup truck driven by Michael Stolzman was backing out of a driveway when it was hit by a northbound car driven by Jennifer Martino at about 12:30 a.m.

Stolzman, whose age and hometown were not available, and a passenger, whom sheriff's investigators did not identify, were trapped in the vehicle and had to be extracted by members of the Gasport and Hartland fire companies.

They were taken to area hospitals, as was Martino, whose age and hometown were not available, and her passenger, Gina Avino, whose age and hometown also were not available.

Sheriff's Office investigators said all four suffered "traumatic injuries, but none seem to be life-threatening at this time."

Stolzman was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to yield the right of way.


>Reports of shots lead to three drug arrests

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two reports of shots fired sent police to the Unity Park apartment complex Sunday evening, and three people were arrested after officers found drugs inside an apartment, according to reports.

Tierra Bradberry, 18, of Ninth Street, was charged with seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said they found pills and crack cocaine inside Bradberry's apartment, where she lives with her 4-month-old child.

Robert J. Thornton, 17, of Fairfield Avenue, was charged with trespassing and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Police said they found crack cocaine in his possession.
Also charged with trespassing was a 16-year-old Fairfield Avenue youth.

Police said Thornton and the 16-year-old had previously been warned to stay out of the complex. No guns were found during the investigation, police said.


>Two valuable tables stolen from apartment

NIAGARA FALLS -- A pair of antique Duncan Fife tables were stolen sometime during the past month from a vacant Ferry Avenue apartment, police said Monday.

The tables, valued at $1,000, were discovered missing Monday by the owner of the property, a Lewiston resident. He was to conduct an inventory to determine whether any other property was missing from the apartment.

A basement window had been broken to allow entry to the home.


>Boy, 15, shot at party on Ontario Avenue in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police officers heard nearby gunshots while at the scene of a North Avenue house fire early Monday, rounding the corner to find that a 15-year-old boy had been shot during a house party.

Officer Michael Tarnowski said he was assisting at the scene of a fire at 1147 North Ave. at about 1:30 a.m. when he heard a shot. He learned that a boy had been wounded in the left thigh while attending a party in the 1100 block of Ontario Avenue.

The boy, a B Street resident, was apparently shot because he had bumped into another party-goer, witnesses told police.

The victim was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

The fire caused extensive damage to the North Avenue residence and minor damage to a house at 145 North Ave., officials said. The cause remained under investigation.


>Alcohol-fueled incidents keep Falls police busy

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police responded to several fights and domestic incidents late Sunday and early Monday, most of which were fueled by alcohol, according to police reports.

A 31-year-old Lockport Street woman ended up in the emergency room of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Police said she was assaulted by her fiance at about 11 p.m. Sunday after returning home from an evening of drinking.

In a separate case, a 13th Street man was arrested at 1:05 a.m. Monday following a domestic incident in which he reportedly assaulted a woman and threatened two juveniles with a knife, police said. Vincent G. McCreary, 38, was charged with second-degree menacing, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.

At 4 a.m. Monday, a 28-year-old Florida resident was beaten when he tried to intervene in a fight between a man and a woman. The victim said he was walking through a parking lot in the 400 block of Third Street when he came across a man assaulting a woman. When he stepped in, he was punched by the man, opening a large cut over his eye and splitting his lip.

A dispute over smoking inside a Hyde Park Boulevard bar and pizzeria led to a man being punched in the neck, police said. The victim, a 24-year-old Ontario Avenue resident, said he was then ejected from Sammy's Pizza while trying to identify his assailant in the crowded bar area.

At about 7:45 a.m., an argument escalated into a fistfight in a Third Street residence. The occupant, age 24, suffered a shoulder and wrist injury when he was dragged by the arm, police said. John T. Campbell, 26, of Sixth Street, was charged with third-degree assault and harassment in that case, police reported.

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