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MAN ACCUSED OF PULLING KNIFE OUTSIDE COURT

A Hopkins Street man was hospitalized this morning after he allegedly pulled a knife outside Erie County Family Court Judge James Dillon's courtroom and fought with sheriff's deputies.

Edward J. Powers, 37, of 138 Hopkins was taken to Erie County Medical Center for mental and physical tests after he was charged with a felony count of aggravated assault on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Sgt. Joseph Quinn and Deputy Lorina Burgess wrestled the 6-foot, 230-pound Powers to the floor as he ran toward the third-floor elevators at the County Hall Annex at 25 Delaware Ave. Deputy Walter Harwell had seen him pull out a pocket knife outside Dillon's courtroom at about 10 a.m.

Court officials said Powers, who has been at court on various occasions in the past, apparently became agitated after he felt court workers were taking too long to give him copies of court papers he had requested this morning.

Harwell, who is trained in martial arts, confronted Powers after the suspect allegedly pulled out the pocket knife and told people he was prepared to use the weapon, court officials said.

Quinn and Deputy Burgess intervened and helped subdued Powers.

The charge of felony aggravated assault on a police officer carries a possible 25-year prison term. Powers, who also was faces a misdemeanor resisting arrest charge, will be arraigned in City Court after he is released from the hospital, a court official said.

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