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Injured roofer accepts $1.5 million settlement

Michael Robertson, a Buffalo roofer whose career came to an end when he broke his back while on an unsecured ladder three years ago, has agreed to a $1.5 million settlement, his attorney said Thursday.

Robertson, 42, was injured while working at Don Davis Auto World on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Amherst at about 9 a.m. Jan. 22, 2004.

His attorney, Marc C. Panepinto, said the settlement will be paid out through insurance carriers for the auto dealership.

Panepinto said the settlement offer came after jury selection before State Supreme Court Justice Joseph D. Mintz in the unsafe-workplace suit against the dealership.


Teen accused of firing shot into camper window

CAMBRIA -- A teen who allegedly shot out the window of a camper trailer with a .22-caliber rifle Monday evening has been charged with reckless endangerment, Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported.

Nathan E. Kightlinger, 17, of Church Road, also was charged with criminal mischief and reckless property damage.

The rifle, which belongs to Kightlinger's father, was confiscated, deputies said.

A 67-year-old man from Mendon, who was camping with his wife in Lazy Lakes campground, said he heard a pop at about 8 p.m. Monday and found a window broken. Deputies said they recovered a bullet in the bedroom of the camper.

Officers said they traced the path of the bullet to a house behind the campground, where they questioned and charged Kightlinger.

The youth told deputies he was not aiming at the camper but shooting at the pond behind his home instead.


Fatal SUV crash brings charges against driver

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- A 43-year-old St. Catharines man died at about 12:35 a.m. Thursday after the SUV he was riding in rolled several times and he was ejected, Niagara Regional Police said.

The man's identity is being withheld pending notification of his family members.

The driver of the vehicle, Mark Zavitz, 45, of Pelham, was arrested at the scene and charged with impaired driving causing death and driving with more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood.

Police said the crash occurred on Homer Road, near the Taylor Road intersection.

Zavitz was driving his Lincoln Navigator north on Homer when the SUV veered off the roadway, went into a ditch, and rolled several times, police said.


Man is shot, robbed in home invasion

A Baynes Street man was listed in stable condition Thursday after he was shot in the hip during a home invasion Wednesday afternoon, Buffalo police said.

Karl S. Boyce, 26, was treated in Erie County Medical Center.

Boyce was inside his home about 12:35 p.m., when two men forced their way through the rear of the house and entered the basement, Northwest District police said.

The men -- armed with a revolver -- shot Boyce in his left hip, police said.

The assailants then put a gun to Boyce's head and robbed him of $300. They also robbed a 15-year-old youth inside the home of about $100 before running out.

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