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Newfane boy, 11, getting mail is struck by car

NEWFANE -- An 11-year-old boy was being treated late Wednesday in Women and Children's Hospital, Buffalo, after being struck while getting the mail outside his Ridge Road home in the hamlet of Wrights Corners, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said the incident occurred just before 4 p.m. in the 6300 block of Ridge Road, between Ridgelea and Lake roads. The boy was struck by an eastbound car, and the driver summoned help, deputies said.

The boy -- whose name and condition were unavailable -- was flown to the hospital by Mercy Flight.


Teen suffers head wounds in attack by 3 youths

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 16-year-old boy was treated for head wounds after he said he was attacked by three other youths on Pine Avenue just before 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim, of McKoon Avenue, told city police he knew one of his attackers, and that the three confronted him on Portage near Ferry avenues and punched him in the face, kicked him in the body and slammed his head against his bicycle tire.

The victim said he blacked out and when he awoke he rode to a store and summoned help. Police said the boy was treated for lacerations to the head and cuts, and possible broken bones.


Molotov cocktails burn garage doors in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said juveniles throwing Molotov cocktails are suspected in an arson that burned the doors of a garage in the 400 block of 19th Street just after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said a resident of the house where the garage is located said he saw six or seven juveniles, then a large fireball. Damage estimated at $100.


Overcharges used to steal $1,930 from drugstore

LOCKPORT -- An employee of a Rite Aid pharmacy on Washburn Street was charged Tuesday night with grand larceny for overcharging customers and pocketing the profit, police said.

Kimberly S. Peterman, 26, of Gabriel Drive is accused of taking $1,930 in overcharges since Sept. 24.


Traffic stop uncovers 2 illegal immigrants

LOCKPORT -- Two men using fake identification admitted to being illegal immigrants during a traffic stop just after 7 p.m. Monday on Market Street.

Manuel Baltazar-Campos, 21, of Slayton Settlement Road and Andres M. Macedo, 28, of West Palm Beach, Fla., face deportation proceedings, Lockport police said. The Border Patrol was summoned.


Man riding bike at 2 a.m. robbed of cigarettes

NEWFANE -- A 20-year-old Lockport man was robbed at knifepoint just before 2 a.m. Wednesday on Lockport-Olcott Road, authorities said.

The victim told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that he was riding his bicycle when a gray and silver Oldsmobile Cutlass pulled in front of him, forcing him to stop.

"Give me everything in your pockets," the robber, said, emerging from the car. The victim handed over a pack of cigarettes. The robber was described as a white man in his early 20s or 30s and wearing a gray or black sweat shirt.


Guilty plea entered to reduced drug count

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls who was charged with cocaine possession after a July 21 traffic stop pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

James A. Smith, 29, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, admitted to attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 8 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.


Felony DWI sentence omits prison time

LOCKPORT -- A Wilson Parkway man who had pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated managed to stay out of jail Wednesday.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. placed Jeffrey A. Martina, 45, on probation for five years, ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service and fined him $1,000. Martina was pulled over July 8 in the City of Lockport, his fourth DWI arrest since 1989.


Cocaine charges bring 2 1/2 years in prison

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was sent to prison for 2 1/2 years on cocaine charges Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Wilbert Hayes III, 22, of Pierce Avenue, had almost half an ounce of cocaine when police collared him Aug. 3, 2006, in a raid on a Linwood Avenue home. He later pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Subsequently, Hayes was shot in the leg twice in separate incidents in October and November 2006; the shooters pleaded guilty and are in state prison.

In another drug case Wednesday, Broderick sentenced Robert E. Spencer, 22, of Norwood Drive, Lockport, to five years' probation. Spencer had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to police informants in Lockport Nov. 3, 2005, and April 6, 2006.

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