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CAR ROLLS OVER, AS DRIVER SWERVES TO AVOID A DEER

NEWFANE -- An Olcott man was injured Sunday when he swerved to avoid a deer crossing icy Lockport-Olcott Road and in the process rolled his car over.

Deputies said that James Tothill of Park Lane was injured shortly before 7 a.m. He was released after treatment in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital. No charges were filed.

Man struck over the head with beer bottle in nightclub

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man suffered substantial cuts after being attacked by another patron inside Bedrocks nightclub early Sunday, police said.

Ricky Williams, 24, reported that he had argued with a man inside the Third Street establishment at about 1:30 a.m. but turned away thinking the incident was over. He was then struck over the head with a beer bottle, causing various cuts.

He was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. No arrests have been made.

Two arrested, three sought in illegal use of credit card

WHEATFIELD -- Two people were arrested and police are seeking three others in connection with the attempted theft Saturday night of nearly $1,200 worth of merchandise from the Summit Park Mall Sears store.

Deputies said a canceled credit card was used to purchase numerous items of shoes and clothing. When store officials realized the card was not good, they notified police, who captured two of the suspects in the vicinity.

Charged with attempted fourth-degree grand larceny and unlawful use of a credit card were Darnella L. Williams, 22, and Alphonso A. Moody, 30, both of Niagara Falls.

Police have applied for arrest warrants for two other suspects and are investigating the involvement of a fifth person.

Man injured in assault in Kingsmen Clubhouse

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man required hospital treatment Sunday after being assaulted by two men inside the Kingsmen Clubhouse on Cudaback Avenue, police said.

Franklin Casper, 24, told police that he was inside the clubhouse with his girlfriend when a bartender began to insult the woman. When Casper objected, the bartender allegedly produced a sawed-off shotgun from beneath the bar and repeatedly struck Casper with the butt end on the head and shoulders.

While Casper was engaged with the bartender, another patron reportedly struck him twice from behind with a large board, police said.

Casper was thrown out of the clubhouse after the 4 a.m. incident, but when police attempted to enter the establishment no one would respond to their knocks, officers said.

Casper's injuries were being assessed Sunday afternoon.

3 teens accused of trying to steal store merchandise

LOCKPORT -- Three teens were arrested Saturday evening and accused of conspiring to steal merchandise from the South Transit Road Kmart store in the Town of Lockport.

Deputies said Rochelle L. Clark, 16, of Newfane was concealing the stolen merchandise when the three were apprehended outside the store. She was charged with sixth-degree conspiracy, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Facing the larceny and conspiracy counts are Colleen E. Barrett and Benika M. Casselman, both 18 and both of Lockport. All three face Tuesday night appearances in Lockport Town Court.

Man struck crossing road after crashing his car

NEWFANE -- A Lockport man was doubly lucky in escaping serious injury Saturday night at Wrights Corners, police reported.

Dwayne J. Dier, 38, suffered only minor injuries when his car left Ridge Road shortly after 9 p.m., striking a parked car and then a utility pole.

Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy J.W. Flagler said that Dier attempted to walk away from the scene, ignoring a neighbor's request to stay until help arrived. But when Dier attempted to cross Lake Avenue he was hit by an oncoming vehicle operated by Lockport resident Jonathan McKnight, Flagler said.

Dier, of Ridge Road, was the only person cited in connection with the incident. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to use a designated lane. He was released after treatment in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital and faces a March 27 appearance in Newfane Town Court.

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