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Investigation launched after gorge accident

NIAGARA FALLS -- A male jet skier was taken by Mercy Flight to the Erie County Medical Center after an accident in the Niagara Gorge between Devil's Hole and Whirlpool state parks Monday night, New York State Parks Police reported.

The incident occurred just before 8:30 p.m., when a male jet skier was reported to have gone under the water in the gorge. State Parks police and Niagara Falls firefighters responded to the scene. The man had gone under the water for a few minutes, police said.

He was rescued, stabilized and administered oxygen at the scene before being flown to ECMC. His condition was unavailable late Monday.

Police said the man was among six jet skiers that launched from Queenston, Ont. earlier in the evening. Of the jet skiers, four were Canadian, one had a Florida registration and the other was registered in New Jersey, according to police.

Police were still trying to piece together what occurred that led to the man's injury.

Authorities with the Niagara Regional Police also were investigating the incident.


Immigration-policy critic returns home from jail

GASPORT -- A 79-year-old Niagara County man who is a critic of immigration policies is home after spending more than a month in jail for violating a judge's order.

Donald A. Perry said Monday that he still feels he was wrongly convicted in a nonjury trial before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. He said he plans to continue being an outspoken critic of the immigration policies of the United States and New York State.

Arcara convicted the Gasport man of a misdemeanor and sent him to jail May 25. He was convicted of harassing people whom he was specifically ordered not to contact in connection with an ongoing lawsuit. Perry said he was only trying to alert people about illegal immigration that he contends is rampant in Western New York farm communities.

" 'Crimmigration' is what all this is about . . . It's the law of the land, and New York State provides sanctuary for illegal aliens," Perry said Monday. He added that he continues to speak out about the issue and contact anyone he feels he needs to contact.

Perry, a former member of the Royalton-Hartland School Board, was released June 28 after spending time in the Niagara County and Chautauqua County jails. He claimed he was "manhandled" by deputies in Niagara County, an allegation that was denied by Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein.


Cocaine cases result in prison for 2 men

LOCKPORT -- Two drug dealers were sent to prison last week in Niagara County Court.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza imposed a four-year sentence on Stacey M. Lewis, 23, of no fixed address, who sold cocaine in Newfane twice in July 2006. Lewis had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance.

Brandon L. Reyes, 23, of Saunders Settlement Road, Lockport, drew a two-year sentence from Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., but Broderick recommended him for the state's "shock incarceration" program.

Reyes could be paroled in six months if he succeeds in the boot-camplike program.

Reyes, who got married June 30 and said he plans to move to Texas after he gets out of prison, was arrested June 13, 2006, in Niagara Falls for planning to sell cocaine. He later pleaded guilty to fourth-degree possession.


Man denies using data of disabled man to shop

LOCKPORT -- Mark C. Luskin, accused of spending more than $10,000 on the Internet by using bank account numbers belonging to a disabled man, pleaded not guilty last week in Niagara County Court.

Luskin, 36, of Chilton Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with two counts of first-degree identity theft and one count each of third-degree grand larceny and growing cannabis without a license.

Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman said Luskin allegedly bought merchandise and joined membership Web sites with the victim's money between June 2005 and August 2006. Police allegedly found marijuana plants in his home when they arrested him Feb. 7.

Also Friday, the former treasurer of Tri-Community Ambulance Co. pleaded not guilty to charges of running up more than $16,000 in personal purchases on the company's credit card during 2006.

Lawrence E. Sparks Jr., 51, of Shenk Road, Sanborn, is charged with third-degree grand larceny.


Guilty plea entered in 2006 drug raid

LOCKPORT -- A man arrested in a drug raid last Aug. 3 by Niagara Falls police pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court.

Cory C. Mayfield, 22, of Linwood Avenue, admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Sept. 7 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Mayfield was accused of having almost four ounces of crack cocaine he was planning to sell.

He is the third person to plead guilty in connection with the raid.

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