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Motorcyclist injured after skidding into ditch

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport motorcyclist was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, with injuries Thursday evening after he skidded on wet pavement, hit a highway sign and wound up in a ditch, Niagara County sheriff's deputies report.

Kenneth Swan Jr., 29, was alone on his motorcycle when he lost control while riding south on Purdy Road in the Town of Lockport at about 8:30 p.m., deputies said.

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Indictment handed up in April 29 shooting

LOCKPORT -- Wayne A. Tabb, charged with shooting a man in the chest during an April 29 fight in Niagara Falls, is to be arraigned today in Niagara County Court on a six-count indictment handed up by a Niagara County grand jury Thursday.

Tabb, 25, of Spruce Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with two counts each of first-degree assault, first-degree criminal use of a firearm and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is being held in the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail.

Tabb, known as "Weezy," allegedly used a shotgun to fire three rounds, one of which struck Preston S. Edwards, II, 25, of Ninth Street. Police said at the time that five men were involved in the fracas in the 200 block of Portage Road.

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Town of Lockport man faces fireworks charges

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Lockport man who couldn't stop celebrating the Fourth of July with firecrackers was arrested twice over the holiday on charges of illegal possession of fireworks, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Thomas M. Chamberlain, 18, of Hamm Road, was arrested at the Olcott fireworks display before 10:30 p.m. Tuesday after a report of someone tossing fireworks from a car onto the road, deputies said. He was additionally charged with creating a dangerous act for throwing Roman candles out the window.

Deputies said they also found two cases of beer in a car and charged the driver, Joseph E. Klein, 22, of Hollywood Drive, with three counts of giving alcohol to minors and drinking in a motor vehicle. Also charged with underage possession of alcohol were Matthew R. Sanelli, 18, of Royal Parkway North, and Douglas J. Schmelzinger, 19, of Aaron Drive.

Chamberlain and three others are accused of setting off fireworks in a field in the 6500 block of Royal Parkway just after midnight Thursday, deputies said.

In this case, he was charged with unlawfully dealing with fireworks, as were Jordan T. Hughes, 26, of Passaic Avenue; Christopher K. Peloquin, 24, of Royal Parkway South; and Brian M. Wilson, 20, of Hamm Road.

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