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>Teen pleads not guilty to sexual abuse charge

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls teenager pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Wednesday to first-degree sexual abuse.

Charles A. Doll, 18, of 19th Street, is charged with improperly touching a 4-year-old boy June 6 in North Tonawanda.

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>Falls firefighters rescue handicapped man

NIAGARA FALLS -- City firefighters rescued a physically impaired man from a burning, two-story house at 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at 3046 Welch Ave.

Fire Chief William D. MacKay said firefighters broke a rear bedroom window after learning the 35-year-old man was trapped inside, and pulled him out to safety while others fought the fire.

Damage was estimated at $20,000. The name of the home's owner was unavailable.

The rescued man, whose name also was unavailable, was treated for smoke inhalation at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, MacKay said.

MacKay said the man was injured from heavy smoke that filled the brick structure. He said the fire started in the kitchen and was caused by unattended cooking.

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>Falls police probe stabbing incident

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Cedar Avenue man was stabbed early Wednesday and suffered a collapsed lung. Niagara Falls police are trying to determine how it happened.

Clarence Jesse, 51, suffered two stab wounds and was treated in the emergency room of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center before being taken to Erie County Medical Center, where he was listed in stable condition later Wednesday.

However, police said Jesse's story -- that he was attacked by three men while returning home from a trip to the store to buy beer -- doesn't wash.

Jesse, according to police, said he was attacked just after midnight in an alley between Eighth and Ninth streets. Investigators said they found no crime scene or any sign of blood.

The investigation is continuing.

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>Man accused of stabbing enters not guilty plea

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III set bail at $25,000 Wednesday as a man accused of attempted murder and three other counts pleaded not guilty.

Jose Molina-Roman, 29, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, is charged with stabbing Luis Orona in the chest Aug. 12 outside the victim's home on Glendale Drive in Lockport.

The defendant's brother, Delman Molina-Roman, 23, and Axel E. Antongiorgi, 22, both of Sweetwood Drive, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to three counts accusing them of participating in the assault on Orona, but only Jose was charged with trying to kill him.

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>South Ave. man charged in attack, robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- A South Avenue man was charged Tuesday with felony robbery after allegedly participating in an attack on a Pine Avenue man outside a convenience store on Ferry Avenue

Wilbert J. Henderson, 49, pleaded not guilty during his arraignment in City Court Wednesday.

Police said the victim, 68, said Henderson and two other men accosted him, with Henderson saying, "I know you just got your check." The victim also told police that another man held something metallic to his throat, he was punched him in the face and slammed into a building before the trio made off with $18.

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>Driver pleads guilty to charges in accident

An East Amherst man pleaded guilty Wednesday to vehicular assault and driving while impaired by drugs for the severe ankle injuries a woman suffered when he crashed into her car head-on last June. Adam Smith, 26, of New Road, pleaded guilty before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski. The charges stemmed from the injuries Annette Testa, 48, of Alden, suffered when Smith crashed into Testa's car on North French Road near Crystal Springs Lane in Amherst at about 5:30 p.m. June 8.

The judge told Smith, who admitted to a driving-while-impaired conviction in Lewiston Town Court in 2001, that he is considering a maximum jail term of six months and 4 1/2 years on probation. But the judge warned Smith he could get up to seven years in prison for any further criminal conduct pending his Jan. 12 sentencing.

Smith, who pleaded guilty to driving while impaired by anti-depression drugs during the June accident, was allowed to remain free on $5,000 bail.

Prosecutor Nora B. Robshaw said Testa suffered severe ankle injuries and a collapsed lung when Smith smashed into her car, and she still has not been able to return to work.

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>Family documents taken in Beebe Road break-in

WILSON -- A rock was used to break into a home in the 3100 block of Beebe Road between 6:30 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, when a safe containing family documents was stolen.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies said the rock used to smash a bathroom window also smashed the tank of a toilet. Deputies said the burglar tried to remove a larger safe from a closet and rifled through drawers.

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