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>Landlady indicted in tenant's stabbing

LOCKPORT -- A Lock Street landlady was indicted by a Niagara County grand jury Thursday on charges of stabbing a tenant.

Christine M. Stutz, 42, is charged with first-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the May 20 attack on Jacqueline Hernandez, who rented a room in Stutz's home.

Police reported at the time that Hernandez was stabbed in the abdomen with a 9-inch butcher knife during an argument.


>Man indicted in attempt to kill wife, police officer

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County grand jury Thursday indicted a North Tonawanda man on charges of trying to kill his wife and a police officer.

Thomas B. Simcoe, 42, of Courtside Drive, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, three counts each of second-degree assault and attempted first-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted of the most serious count, he faces up to life in prison.

Simcoe allegedly tried to stab North Tonawanda Officer Jeffrey Smith in the chest three times Sept. 29 after Smith answered a domestic violence call and broke down the door of Simcoe's home. Two knife thrusts were blocked by Smith's cell phone and a third by his notebook.

Smith suffered knee and ankle injuries in taking down Simcoe, who had previously slashed his wife, Stacey, with a knife and choked her into unconsciousness with a cable, police reported.


>Vandals damage vehicles at Ransomville dealership

RANSOMVILLE -- Vandals caused several thousand dollars in damage at a car dealership last weekend, smashing several vehicles with landscaping stones and bricks.

The owner of Ki-Po Motors on Youngstown-Lockport Road told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that hoods and fenders were damaged on seven vehicles. Total damage was estimated at about $3,800.

Deputies said bags of white landscaping stones were found at a hardware store across the street. The store owner said he would secure the stones in a fenced in area behind the store in the future.

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