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Restaurant stabbing brings 6-month term

LOCKPORT -- Six months in jail was the sentence Monday from Niagara County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza for Ron J. Bennett, who stabbed a man almost two years ago in a Denny's Restaurant in Niagara Falls.

Bennett, 27, of Cudaback Avenue, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault in connection with the Nov. 25, 2006, attack on Ian Carr, who suffered a punctured lung after being stabbed in the chest.


18-year-old says six men tried to attack him

MIDDLEPORT -- An 18-year-old man told police that six men Sunday illegally entered his home on Manor Lane and attempted to attack him.

The man and a witness said that just after 1 a.m. the men came into the garage without permission but fled when the victim said he would call police. A witness told police that one of the men had attacked him at his workplace just a few days ago.

Middleport police, along with Niagara County sheriff's deputies, stopped a vehicle on Ridge at County Line roads and reported Monday they are investigating four suspects involved in the crime. A fifth male suspect was also identified, deputies also reported Monday. Investigators said a sixth man was identified but not located.

The investigation is continuing.


Newfane trucking company loses items in burglary

NEWFANE -- Police said $6,000 worth of mechanic accessories and mechanic tools were reported stolen from Upstate Express Trucking in the 2100 block of Transit Road overnight Sunday.

Owner Mark Heldson told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that he came in Sunday morning and found the main door handle broken and an overhead door open and a motorcycle pushed outside so that someone could remove the stolen items.

Tire tracks were discovered near the center overhead door, deputies said.


Clarence accident results in DWI charge

Erie County sheriff's deputies investigating a hit-and-run property-damage accident on Transit Road in Clarence charged an Amherst man with driving while intoxicated Sunday night.

Following the crash, Deputy Daniel Brinkerhoff stopped a vehicle driven by Kamile A. Aslam on North Brier Road. A subsequent chemical test revealed that Aslam, of Willow Lane, registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.09 percent, sheriff's officials said.

Aslam, 32, was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of a property-damage accident and criminal possession of a controlled substance, according to police reports.


Niagara Thruway records two separate crashes

Two motor vehicle crashes that happened minutes and only a couple of miles apart at about 3 p.m. Monday on the southbound Niagara Thruway kept state police and emergency crews busy.

The first crash occurred near the Sheridan Drive/Kenmore Avenue exit. A low-speed collision involved a motorcyclist and another vehicle. No serious injuries were reported. The motorcyclist, whose name was unavailable, suffered minor scratches in the crash. He refused to go to the hospital.

The second occurred at River Road and sent one person to Erie County Medical Center and a minor to Women and Children's Hospital. The extent of their injuries or their identities were not available.

Several Rural/Metro Medical Services ambulances were called to the scenes. An ambulance traveling to one crash came across the other wreck on its way, according to Jay Smith, Rural/Metro spokesman.

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