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Two Lockport students held in assault on district personnel

LOCKPORT – Two Lockport High School students were jailed Wednesday on felony assault charges stemming from attacks on the school’s athletic director and a monitor during a basketball scrimmage Tuesday night.

City Judge William J. Watson set $10,000 bail each for Jesse F. James, 18, of Caledonia Street, and a 16-year-old male student.

Both were arrested at the school at about 7 p.m. Tuesday and charged with attacking Athletic Director Patrick M. Burke and monitor George F. Apolito Jr.

According to a police report, the students were spectators at a basketball game in the high school gymnasium and were being ejected “for being vulgar.”

The report said that when the students reached the door, they turned and began to assault Burke and Apolito.

Burke, 55, was cut on the face and lip, suffered a bloody nose and may have broken a finger. Apolito, 67, was cut inside his lip and on the cheek and hand. He had a loose tooth, and his eyeglasses were broken.

When police arrived, they saw the suspects walking on the east side of the school. Officer David P. Pytlik Jr. said he ordered them to stop. The 16-year-old did, but James allegedly shouted an obscenity and added, “You’re going to have to fight me.”

However, Pytlik said he stopped James without incident. His report said James was impaired by alcohol at the time.

Besides two counts each of second-degree assault, the teenagers were charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree criminal impersonation, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and underage possession of alcohol.

They appeared Wednesday in City Court without attorneys and are scheduled to return Monday with legal representation.


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