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THEATER FRACAS RESULTS IN PROBATION

Raymond K. Crowell, 18, of Fairfield Avenue, Niagara Falls, was sentenced to one year on probation Thursday in Town Court for his guilty plea to an attempted resisting arrest charge concerning a Jan. 13 fracas at the Four Seasons Cinema.

The theater closed down that night after a fight broke out during the showing of "Higher Learning," John Singleton's movie about racial tensions on a college campus. It was the first and last day that movie played there.

Crowell was originally charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after town, state police and sheriff's deputies were called to the scene to break up a brawl in the theater.

Crowell was accused of pushing a deputy who was attempting to arrest another youth for throwing a bench, allowing the youth to escape.

Police said there appeared to be some pushing and shoving and food and pop were being thrown inside the theater. The combatants were teen-agers who made up most of the audience of 160 people, according to Four Seasons owner Earl L. Lynge.

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