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Two crashes leave three people hurt

LOCKPORT -- Three people were injured in two traffic accidents late Friday and early Saturday, sheriff's deputies said.

Erik R. Bewley, 21, of Tonawanda Creek Road, East Amherst, was injured when he lost control of his car at 3:28 a.m. Saturday on wet pavement in the 6400 block of Tonawanda Creek Road and struck two mailboxes and a pillar, Deputy Joseph Shanley said. Bewley was released after treatment in Lockport Memorial Hospital, a hospital officials said.

Jean S. Stuart, 86, of Corinthia Street, and her passenger, Dorris Schultz, 84, suffered chest and leg injuries, respectively, when their car collided with a car driven by Sean J. Vincton, 18, of Royal Parkway, at 6:37 p.m. Friday on South Transit Road, 200 feet north of Shimer Drive, Deputy Frank A. DiMatteo said. The women were released after treatment in Lockport Memorial, a hospital official said.

No charges were lodged in either accident, deputies said.

Two injured in beer-bottle attack

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men were injured early Saturday when they were assaulted with beer bottles outside Club Venus, 1902 Main St., Officer Christopher Calvano said.

Tommie L. Mitchell, 23, of Ontario Avenue, and Brandon E. Rafter, 17, of Willow Avenue, said they were attacked by 11 men. Mitchell was hit over the head and Rafter above the left eye with beer bottles, Calvano said. They were treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, then released, Calvano said.

Disturbances in Falls yield six arrests

NIAGARA FALLS -- Six people were arrested early Saturday and charged with disorderly conduct following disturbances in the 1700 and 1900 blocks of Main Street, police said.

Arrested in several incidents that occurred between 3:04 and 3:16 a.m. were: Angela Medina, 26, of Ashland Avenue; James A. Moody, 21, of Ridge Road, Cambria; Jeremy S. Scholz, 23, and Thomas R. Lefevre, 24, both from Highgate Avenue, Buffalo; Anthony Q. Rodgers, 20, of South Military Road; and Benjamin J. Smith, 18, of Linwood Avenue, police said.

Police said those arrested were either involved in fights, blocked traffic or were making noise and refused to leave the area.

Sentencing in rape case set for Oct. 25

LOCKPORT -- County Court Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza set sentencing for Oct. 25 for a Niagara Falls man convicted after a nine-day trial of raping a woman after both smoked crack cocaine.

A County Court jury of seven women and five men deliberated for two days before finding William C. Bones, 47, of Willow Avenue, guilty of first-degree rape and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The jury acquitted Bones on a charge of second-degree menacing.

Bones and the woman smoked crack in a Niagara Falls home during the period Nov. 4 through 6 before Bones raped her.

Deadline for hepatitis B shots announced

LOCKPORT -- Seventh-grade students who have not received their hepatitis B shots will be barred from school beginning Tuesday, the Lockport City School District announced Friday.

The state Health Department has set Monday as the deadline for students in seventh grade to show proof they have begun the series of shots.

As of Friday, 20 students at Lockport's Emmet Belknap and North Park middle schools were still not in compliance, according to a news release from the district.

The county Health Department is offering the shots free in its North Tonawanda clinic. Appointments are available by calling 743-4444.

Authorities probe two suspicious fires

NIAGARA FALLS -- Authorities are investigating the cause of two suspicious fires that did an estimated $13,000 damage early Friday to the former Moose Lodge on Niagara Falls Boulevard and a garage and two houses on 21st Street.

The first fire occurred at 2:35 a.m. at the vacant Moose Lodge, 10175 Niagara Falls Blvd., when flames originating at the building's outside entrance extended inside the one-story structure, Fire Prevention Chief Nicholas Vilardo said.

Firefighters knocked down the flames and cleared the scene in about an hour, but not before $5,000 damage was done to the building, which is owned by Benderson Development Corp., Vilardo said.

The second fire, in a garage at 2902 21st St., was called in at 3:32 a.m. Vilardo said the fire started on the outside of the one-car garage, and the intense heat caused exterior damage to two adjacent houses.

Damage was $5,000 to the garage, about $2,000 to the house at 2902 21st St. and about $1,000 to the house at 2906 21st St., Vilardo said.

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