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>Firefighter injures foot battling Perry St. blaze

A Buffalo firefighter's left foot was punctured by a nail Tuesday morning while he was battling a blaze at a vacant Perry Street house, fire officials said. The injury is not believed to be serious.

Authorities said flames began at 12:27 a.m. on the rear first floor of 561 Perry St. The fire quickly spread, heavily damaging the 1 1/2 -story structure.

Damage was estimated by officials at $10,000 to the building. The cause of the fire has not been determined.


>Ex-school worker pleads guilty to child porn

LOCKPORT -- A Wheatfield man who formerly worked for Starpoint Central School's food service company pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to 10 counts of possessing child pornography.

Jeffrey J. Klein, 27, of Wheatfield-Pendleton Townline Road, is accused of viewing child porn on a computer at the Shawnee Fire Company hall, where he was a member until his suspension following his arrest Sept. 22. A fire company computer was turned over to the Sheriff's Office after company officials became suspicious.

The indictment accuses Klein of having six images in the computer Aug. 25 and four others Aug. 27. Klein was arrested while working at Starpoint Middle School, where he had been a cafeteria monitor and occasional substitute teacher. He was barred from school property after the arrest. He was working for Advanced Meals, a Syracuse company.

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. continued Klein free on $5,000 bail he posted in Wheatfield Town Court after his arrest.


>Youths stomp victim during robbery attempt

A Grider Street man was hospitalized Monday night after a group of youths stomped on him and beat him during an attempted robbery near his home, police said.

The victim was treated in Erie County Medical Center for a possible broken leg or knee.

The victim was at Kensington Avenue and Grider at about 8:40 p.m. when a group of young men approached him from behind, Northeast District police said.

One of the assailants struck him on the head, causing him to fall. As he lay on the ground, the youths stomped on his left leg, reached into his pockets and stole his wallet.

Police said the assailants dropped the stolen wallet on the ground as they ran along Grider.


>Falls, Ont., man charged in woman's stabbing

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 70-year-old Niagara Falls, Ont., man was taken into custody on charges of attempted murder after he repeatedly stabbed a female acquaintance with a knife, Niagara Regional Police reported.

The stabbing took place at about 10:20 a.m. Tuesday in a shopping plaza at 8209 Lundy's Lane. Police responded to the report of a one-car crash but found the 64-year-old victim had been stabbed.

Charged with the stabbing was Edward Goring. Police said Goring was being driven by the victim so he could perform some errands. As she was pulling into a parking space, he began to stab her in an unprovoked attack, police said.

The victim lost control of the vehicle, and it struck the front doors of the Big Bee Variety Store. She was taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital by ambulance. The victim suffered serious injuries, but they were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.


>Guilty plea entered in restaurant break-in

LOCKPORT -- Charles M. Perfetti, 23, of Pioneer Drive, North Tonawanda, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Tuesday to breaking into the Pizza Hut on Meadow Drive in North Tonawanda on July 16.

Perfetti pleaded to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary and was scheduled for sentencing March 6 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. Assistant District Attorney Michelle L. Cianciosa said nothing was stolen in the break-in, but restitution for property damage will be part of the sentence.

In another burglary case Tuesday, Shadeed S. Turner, 23, of Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree burglary for entering a home on Hyde Park Boulevard in the Falls on April 24 and stealing two cell phones and a set of keys. Sperrazza scheduled sentencing for March 20.


>Weapons plea brings youth a year in jail

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls youth who pleaded guilty to weapons possession was sentenced to a year in jail Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Javon J. Ellison, 17, of Pierce Avenue, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He was arrested with two others Jan. 28 in an alley near 18th Street and Ontario Avenue, where Niagara Falls police said they found a .38-caliber revolver and a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol.

Co-defendant Michael A. Howard, 20, of Fairfield Avenue, was placed on five years' probation in October; the third suspect was a juvenile offender.

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