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Rooftop standoff ends after nearly six hours

NIAGARA FALLS -- The 53-year-old man who teetered on the edge of his roof for nearly six hours Saturday while trying to avoid police, had earlier threatened to kill his landlord with a butcher knife, police said Sunday.

The suspect was taken into custody without incident after police talked him down from the rooftop Saturday afternoon and was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center for a psychiatric evaluation.

Saturday's incident began shortly before 6 a.m., police said, when Ronald E. Proctor pounded on the door of his landlord, who lives in the lower apartment of the Seventh Street address. Proctor kicked in the front door, breaking it, and was yelling incoherently and threatening to kill the landlord, officers reported.

The landlord hit him with a shovel in self-defense, causing Proctor to flee the scene, but he returned a short time later, again threatening violence, according to a police report. When police arrived, he retreated into his apartment, refusing to come out. Smoke was briefly seen coming from one of the apartment windows before Proctor climbed out onto the roof and the long standoff began, police said. The police Emergency Response Team was eventually called in to assist with the situation.


Woman, 20, badly injured in crash of pickup

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A 20-year-old woman was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, early Sunday after she was badly injured in a pickup accident, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.

The Rapids Road crash was reported in a 911 call just before 3:30 a.m., and responding deputies found a pickup had left the road and crashed into a roadside pole.

The unresponsive driver, who was not identified, had to be removed from her damaged vehicle by members of the Rapids Volunteer Fire Company using a hydraulic device.

The Sheriff's Office did not provide information on a possible cause for the crash.

The victim's condition was not immediately known, and the Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the crash.


Guilty pleas entered to drug-linked felonies

LOCKPORT -- Craig R. Udell, 33, of Jennifer Drive, Lockport, pleaded guilty to two drug-related felonies last week and was admitted to the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Udell faces a maximum of 16 years in state prison if he fails in the treatment program. His charges will be reduced to a misdemeanor if he succeeds.

Udell admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling heroin to a police informant July 26 in the Town of Lockport. He also pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument for trying to use a forged prescription form to obtain 120 oxymorphone bills at a Newfane drugstore Oct. 22.


Diamond engagement ring stolen from hotel room

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Canadian woman's half-carat diamond engagement ring was stolen from her First Street hotel room while she was on a shopping expedition Saturday morning, city police said.

The Ontario resident told police she left the ring on a vanity outside the bathroom of her room when she went out at about 10 a.m. to go shopping. The $3,800 ring was not there when she returned two hours later.


Two young children hurt in DWI crash

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city woman had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when she rear-ended another vehicle Saturday night, sending her two young children to the hospital, police said.

Rosita Rosa's 8-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter were injured in the 9 p.m. crash in the 400 block of Memorial Parkway, police said, but were later released after treatment in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. They were turned over to their grandmother following their mother's arrest.

Police charged the 30-year-old Rosa with felony and aggravated driving while intoxicated, as well as two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, felony aggravated unlicensed operation and having no child restraints. The 26th Street resident had a blood-alcohol content of 0.19 percent after the crash, which left a minivan with heavy rear-end damage, police said.

Child Protective Services was notified of the details of the crash and arrest.


Falls man arrested on DWI charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man was driving drunk at more than triple the legal limit Saturday night and early Sunday, police said.

Steven J. Jeffords, 46, of Welch Avenue, was arrested near his home at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and charged with felony and aggravated driving while intoxicated, as well as three other vehicle and traffic counts.

Jeffords had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent at the time of his arrest, police reported, more than triple the threshold defining intoxication.