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POLICE & COURTS

Police seek information
in shooting of Falls man

NIAGARA FALLS – City police are looking for information after a man was shot at about 4 a.m. Tuesday in the area of 18th Street and Cleveland Avenue on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old Niagara Falls man told city police he was walking when he was approached by three males who he did not know and who began assaulting him. One of the males pulled a handgun and shot the victim. The victim said he struggled with the shooter, trying to get the gun away, but was shot several more times. The victim suffered four gunshot wounds from what is believed to have been a small-caliber handgun. He was hit in the jaw, forehead, stomach and lower back, according to Detective Lt. Michael Trane.

The suspects then fled and the victim was able to run to safety, Trane said. He said the victim was taken by a friend to Erie County Medical Center, where he was in good condition Wednesday. The victim should make a full recovery, Trane said.

"We currently have very little information about the suspect, but anyone with any information is asked to call Niagara Falls Police Detectives at 286-4553," Trane said.

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Man, 89, loses $150,000
in theft; suspect charged

BARKER – A Barker man was charged with second-degree grand larceny and accused of stealing $150,000 from an 89-year-old Quaker Road man's bank account.

Kenneth C. Heitzenrater, 50, of Hartland Road, was charged Thursday morning after being interviewed by the Niagara County District Attorney's Office. Sheriff's deputies assisted in the investigation.

Heitzenrater allegedly took the large amount of money from the victim's bank account sometime since April 13.

He was arraigned in Newfane Town Court before Justice Bruce M. Barnes and was released on his own recognizance. A return court date was set for July 12 in Somerset Town Court.

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Man who drowned
in Erie Canal identified

LOCKPORT — City police have identified city resident Lawrence J. Pichey, 47, as the man who drowned a day earlier in the Erie Canal.

Pichey's body was found at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday near the Adams Street Bridge.

An autopsy determined that he drowned. Police continue to investigate, but said they do not suspect foul play.

Capt. Michael Niethe said it appears Pichey was in the water for two days or less. He said there were no signs of a struggle or visible injury. Pichey was carrying a wallet, which still had money in it.

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More sanctions possible 
for Ceglia in Facebook case

A federal judge is threatening the Allegany County man who claims to own half of Facebook with more court-ordered sanctions.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio rejected a number of new motions by Paul Ceglia and suggested the "dearth of any evidence" supporting those motions gives rise to the suspicion that Ceglia is simply trying to extend and derail the 2-year-old lawsuit.

Foschio gave Ceglia 10 days to show why he should not add to the sanctions already approved by the court.

Ceglia's ownership suit against Facebook and Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is based on his contention that he and Zuckerberg entered into a contract in 2003 that makes Ceglia part owner of the social networking giant.

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Man who stole from parents
gets weekends in jail

LOCKPORT – A Hamburg man who stole $2,724 from his parents while living with his father in Lockport last year was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and four weekends in the Niagara County Jail.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ordered Eric D. Neu, 34, of Highridge Terrace, to begin serving his time on the evening of July 13. He also ordered Neu to complete restitution by paying his parents the last $200 he owes them.

Between June and September, Neu stole the money by making a series of unauthorized bank withdrawals using his parents' automatic teller machine card.

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Suspect held in break-ins
at homes in Attica

BATAVIA – Nicholas A. Antonucci, 25, of Broadway Road, Alexander, was charged with burglary and other counts after a series of recent break-ins at homes in the Town of Attica, the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office reported Thursday.

During a routine traffic stop in Batavia on Wednesday, deputies found Antonucci was wanted on an Attica Town Court arrest warrant and was taken into custody. He was charged with third-degree burglary, third-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree grand larceny in the recent thefts of four-wheelers and dirt bikes in a number of Attica homes. Town Justice Joseph Wolak ordered Antonucci held on $100,000 bail.