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MAN SOUGHT IN RESERVATION TRAFFIC DEATH ARRESTED IN MIAMI

A man wanted for murder in the Oct. 31 death of an 8-year-old girl on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation will be extradited to Niagara County from Florida within the next 30 days, sheriff's officials said.

David P. Rickard, 30, of Upper Mountain Road, was arrested Wednesday in Miami. He was stopped by a Miami-Dade County police officer, who learned he was wanted here on a second-degree murder charge, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Rickard apparently fled after he rammed a pickup from behind several times on Blacknose Spring Road shortly after 10:30 p.m. Halloween night. During one impact, Raquel Jacobs of Walmore Road fell through the open tailgate of the pickup and onto the road. She died instantly of massive head trauma, Sheriff's Investigator Daniel Brown said.

The incident was the continuation of a domestic dispute with Rickard's wife, Ida, 27, a passenger in the pickup, police said.

Brown and Lewiston Police Chief Ronald Winkley said they were contacted by Miami-Dade police late Wednesday. Miami police Thursday said Rickard waived his right to fight extradition during a court appearance. He is being held in Miami until police officers are sent to return him to Lockport.

Besides second-degree murder, Rickard also is wanted on warrants for the following charges: first-degree reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of a fatality crash, third-degree assault, aggravated criminal contempt, harassment and two counts of first-degree criminal contempt.

He also is wanted by the FBI on a charge of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and for a state parole violation, authorities said.

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