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WOMAN PASSENGER, 84, HURT IN CRASH OF THREE VEHICLES

LOCKPORT -- An 84-year-old woman was injured Wednesday afternoon in a three-car accident at South Transit and Willow streets, Lt. Brian LeBere said.

Cecelia Perry, no address available, was still being treated and evaluated for head injuries late Wednesday in Lockport Memorial Hospital's emergency room, a hospital official said.

The accident occurred when Helen Jaeger of Tudor Lane attempted to make a left turn off South Transit Street onto Willow Street and drove into the path of a car driven by Jolene Enzinna-Palmer, 42, of Spalding Street. Perry was a passenger in Jaeger's vehicle, LeBere said.

The collision pushed Jaeger's car into the van of Robert F. Hibbard of Woodcrest Drive, West Seneca, which was stopped at a red light on Willow Street, LeBere said. Jaeger was charged with failure to yield the right of way at a left turn, he said.

2 workers OK plea-bargains in theft of Delphi property

LOCKPORT -- Two Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems mechanics accepted plea-bargains Wednesday in connection with the theft of company property.

Thomas A. Ulrich, 48, of Chestnut Ridge Road in Royalton, pleaded guilty to third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Floyd C. Poole, 40, of Meyer Road in Pendleton, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Both are to be sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on March 28.

Ulrich and a former Delphi worker, Howard Robertson, 56, formerly of Getzville, were accused of taking a company pickup truck and loading it with $10,000 worth of air-conditioning equipment. Robertson, who has since moved to Florida, is to be sentenced May 23 for third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Poole was arrested after equipment for recapturing refrigerant from radiators was found in his garage.

4 Wilson students indicted in sexual abuse of teen girl

LOCKPORT -- Four Wilson teenagers have been indicted in connection with the sexual abuse of a teenage girl in Wilson in June, and two were arraigned Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

However, a fifth youth originally arrested in the case has been cleared of all charges.

Pleading not guilty to first-degree sexual abuse Wednesday were William J. Van Den Bosch, 17, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, and Kenneth J.S. Martin, 18, of Bay Street.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said arraignments will be scheduled for two others: Erik P. Sherman, 17, of Wilcox Street, and Talon J. Pomeroy, 18, of Fitch Road.

However, the grand jury did not indict Christopher A. Burek, 17, of East Lake Road.

"He testified at the grand jury and was totally exonerated," said Burek's attorney, Joseph F. Townsend. "All charges against him have been dismissed."

The incident occurred in the backyard of a Maple Road home. The victim, like the suspects, was a Wilson High School student.

Falls man, 37, pleads guilty to fighting with police officer

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who fought a police officer in that city after his Sept. 3 arrest pleaded guilty Wednesday to attempted second-degree assault.

Samuel J. Harris, 37, of Ontario Avenue, was scheduled for sentencing March 14 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Assistant District Attorney Mary Jo Lattimore-Young said Harris was arrested at 10th Street and South Avenue for blocking the intersection with a shopping cart, from which he was throwing clothing around the street.

In the elevator at police headquarters, Harris battled Officer Joseph Casale, who suffered an arm injury, Lattimore-Young said.

In other court action Wednesday, Michael P. Phillips, 31, whose address was not available, pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment stemming from the July 10 theft of a pickup truck.

Phillips denied two counts of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count each of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and third-degree criminal mischief.

Splice into telephone line steals service from business

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating the theft of $1,016 worth of telephone service from the Fielder's Choice Store, 1402 18th St.

Barbara Tierney, business owner, said she got the bill for calls she did not make between Dec. 22 and Jan. 5 from the Verizon telephone company, police said.

Tierney said a Verizon technician said the large bill resulted after someone spliced into her telephone line from an apartment above her business and made extensive calls. She named two possible suspects who moved from that residence about two weeks ago, police said.

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