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Falls man indicted in road rage incident involving snowblower

LOCKPORT – Henri J. Alfiere, who allegedly beat up a 71-year-old Niagara Falls resident who was using a snowblower Jan. 13, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault Friday in Niagara County Court.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Alfiere, 32, of Pine Avenue, was driving the wrong way down a one-way alley off Haeberle Avenue when he was apparently startled by the snow being plowed from a driveway into the alley. Hoffmann said Alfiere stopped his car and “pummeled” the elderly man, leaving him with a hematoma on his ear, pain and bruises on his ankle and leg, and symptoms “similar to vertigo.”

Alfiere also may soon be indicted on a first-degree burglary charge stemming from a Jan. 19 break-in on West Rivershore Drive in the Falls, Hoffmann said. A co-defendant in that burglary, Ryan O. Oden, 22, of Spruce Avenue, Niagara Falls, is scheduled for a pre-indictment plea May 24.

Hoffmann said Alfiere is “a very significant risk to the community,” and persuaded Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to jail him and increase his bail from $40,000 to $50,000. Alfiere, who had posted a bail bond for the smaller amount, is out of money, Assistant Public Defender Michele G. Bergevin said.