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Lockport man, 79, dies in two-vehicle collision

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- A 79-year-old Lockport man was killed Friday evening in a two-vehicle crash on the Niagara River Parkway in Niagara-on-the-Lake, authorities said Saturday

The victim's name has not been released, pending the notification of his relatives.

The victim was northbound when he lost control at about 7:40 p.m., according to Niagara Regional Police, working with Niagara Parks Police. The vehicle crossed into the oncoming southbound lane, where it collided with a van driven by a Virginia man.

The Lockport man's car went airborne, rolled over and landed on its roof on a concrete guardrail, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other driver and his seven passengers were taken to Greater Niagara General Hospital with what authorities described as minor injuries.

Anyone with more information about the crash is asked to call the Niagara Regional Police's Collision Reconstruction Unit, at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5500.


Untimely snooze on porch lands woman in hot water

NEWFANE -- An East Avenue woman discovered asleep on the porch of a Sharon Avenue home Friday was charged with endangering the welfare -- leaving her daughter alone with another teenager.

Mary E. Ball, 37, of East Avenue, was intoxicated and suffering from hypothermia when discovered at about 6 p.m., said Niagara County sheriff's deputies, who were investigating the report of an incoherent child sleeping on the porch.

Deputies said Ball smoked marijuana earlier and had told her daughter that she was going for a walk about four hours before being found at the Sharon Avenue home.

Ball was taken by ambulance to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport for treatment.


Aggravated DWI charge lodged after near miss

WILSON -- A near head-on collision with a sheriff's patrol vehicle early Saturday landed a Wheatfield man in the county lockup on am aggravated driving while intoxicated charge.

John A. Jacobs Sr., 50, of Sy Road was arrested shortly before 1 a.m. after being pulled over on Burch Road, sheriff's deputies said. His blood-alcohol content was a 0.20 -- 2 1/2 times the legal limit, according to reports.

Jacobs, deputies said, was convicted of driving while intoxicated in 2005.


Quebec motorist facing extradition to Florida

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Quebec man was arrested on outstanding felony warrants Saturday afternoon at the Rainbow Bridge, police said.

Claude Pepin, 52, was pulled over at 2 p.m., after Customs inspectors learned that he was wanted in Broward County, Fla., on warrants for charges including identity theft. He was also being sought on an immigration detainer by the Department of Homeland Security, police said. Extradition proceedings were initiated to return Pepin to Florida, authorities said.


Man arrested by police connected to meth lab

JAMESTOWN -- Authorities in Chautauqua County have broken up a methamphetamine lab.

Jamestown police on Friday afternoon investigated the report of a meth lab at 10 Winsor Street. Investigators stopped Patrick T. Raynor, 45, leaving the residence, and found in his possession several devices used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, police said.

Police added that they discovered a lab inside the house, after executing a search warrant.

Raynor was charged with third-degree unlawfully manufacture of methamphetamine. He was taken to the city jail on Friday awaiting arraignment.

Jamestown police were assisted at the scene by the Jamestown Fire Department, the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, Chautauqua County HazMat team, State Police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.


Debit cards, newspapers lead to Niagara Street man

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Street man arrested early Friday is accused of a neighborhood crime spree, police said.

Christopher A. Pardee, 23, was charged with petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property. He was arrested shortly after 3:30 a.m. near the 7-Eleven store on Fourth Street, was in possession of three unactivated debit cards taken from a store display, police said. Police said Pardee also had a bag full of Niagara Gazette newspapers, which he said he found outside the newspaper's office.