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Man's body is pulled from lower Niagara River

PORTER -- A man's body was pulled out of the lower Niagara River by the U.S. Coast Guard early Friday afternoon, the Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported.

The sheriff's office notified Coast Guard officials after a call was received at about 2 p.m.

Both the identity of the dead man and the cause of his death remained under investigation Friday evening.

Officers of the State Parks Police and the Lewiston Police Department assisted at the scene.

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Rollover crash leaves driver with DWI charge

GENESEE FALLS -- A Silver Springs man was charged with drunken driving and traffic infractions after his car rolled over on Route 19A after he failed to negotiate a turn at about 12:37 a.m. Friday.

Harold R. Davis Jr., 25, was charged by Wyoming County Sheriff's Deputy Katherine George after she confirmed that the uninjured motorist was drunk when his northbound car went into the southbound lane and struck a sign post before overturning.

Davis was charged with driving while intoxicated, failure to keep right and changing lanes unsafely. He was ordered to appear in Genesee Falls Town Court for further proceedings June 27.

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Driver faces host of counts, including felony DWI

A North Collins man, who gave North Collins village police officers a fake name and personal information when he was stopped after running a stop sign a week ago, has been charged with false personation and an alcohol interlock system violation, police officials reported Friday.

Adam M. Nordine, 28, of High Street, was charged with aggravated drunken driving and felony drunken driving because of a February 2012 Leandra's Law drunken driving conviction.

After being stopped on School Street after running a stop sign about 9 p.m. May 26, Nordine failed to provide officers a driver's license and, after repeated computer checks, officers confirmed he had given them a false name and background information.

A chemical breath test on May 26 revealed he had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.19 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

Nordine's driver's license had been revoked following his Leandra's Law conviction, and he had violated court orders to install an interlock system when he could drive again, officials reported.

He has been charged with a stop sign violation, false personation, felony DWI, aggravated DWI for his high blood-alcohol reading, first-degree felony aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and a violation of a court order for an interlock system.

He remains free pending upcoming court proceedings.

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Drive-by shooting leaves man in critical condition

A Buffalo man remained in critical condition Friday evening with wounds suffered Wednesday evening in an apparent drive-by shooting.

Eugene Stallworth, 23, was taken to Erie County Medical Center after walking into Women & Children's Hospital early Wednesday evening and telling medical workers he had been shot at about 5:45 p.m. in the 100 block of Purdy Street.

Homicide detectives are asking anyone with information to call the Confidential TIPCALL Line at 847-2255 or Text a Tip at 847-2255 or email the department at www.bpdny.org.

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Judge delays sentence so burglar will smarten up

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas squelched a burglar's plan for his own sentence Friday.

Michael P. McCarthy, 18, of Grand Avenue, Niagara Falls, had been deemed eligible for a two-year court-supervised drug treatment program. But he simply wanted to plead guilty to third-degree burglary and serve a year in jail "so he can complete the term and get on with his life," defense attorney James J. Faso Jr. said.

"You'd rather go to jail for a year than get clean and sober. Wow," Farkas said. "He needs a major wake-up call, and a year in Niagara County Jail isn't going to give it to him."

The case was adjourned until June 14 for McCarthy to reconsider his options. He and Ulysses R. Jones, 22, of Ashland Avenue in the Falls, are charged with a Jan. 30 break-in at a home on Mountain View Drive in Lewiston.

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Copper thief spared jail for drug treatment program

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man was admitted to a drug treatment program after pleading guilty Friday to the theft of copper pipes Sept. 22 from the former Heritage Manor Nursing Home on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Charles G. Delano, 26, of Northrup Place, became the second defendant State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. spared incarceration since he announced in April that any metal theft case before him must result in jail time.

But Delano, who admitted to third-degree burglary, faces up to seven years behind bars if he flunks out of the two-year judicial diversion program.