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MAN ACCUSED OF TRYING TO KILL EX-WIFE

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A man has been accused of attempting to kill his former wife Friday when he came to pick up their children for a visit, Niagara Regional Police said.

Officers were dispatched to a Stanton Avenue apartment shortly after 5 p.m. Police said Tracy Maynard, 26, had been home when her ex-husband, William Eisnor, arrived from Burlington to pick up the children, a 5-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl.

Eisnor is accused of stabbing Maynard several times in the upper body and face, then fleeing with the children.

Maynard made her way to a neighbor's apartment to seek help. She is in Hamilton General Hospital in serious condition, police said.

Police said Eisnor, 31, went to a relative's house in the city's south end and called police. He was taken into custody without incident about 6:30 p.m.

Eisnor will be charged with attempted murder, police said. He remained in custody pending a bail hearing scheduled for this morning.

Police said the children weren't harmed.

Free rabies shots offered for pets

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Health Department has scheduled free rabies immunization for pets from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the Cornell Cooperative Extension, 4487 Lake Ave.

The immunizations are for cats and dogs only and are free only for pets owned by Niagara County residents. Animals brought in for immunization must be at least 4 months old. Their owners will receive certificates that are valid for only one year if they cannot prove that their pet has previously been immunized. Those with proof that pets were previously immunized will receive certificates that are valid for three years.

All pets who are brought in for immunization must be properly restrained. Cats must be boxed or in a carrier, and dogs must be leashed. By law, all cats and dogs in Niagara County must be currently vaccinated.

Contractor faces another larceny count

LOCKPORT -- Another larceny charge has been leveled against Wheatfield contractor Mark J. Robillard for allegedly ripping off his customers, police said Friday.

The 39-year-old owner of the M.J. Robillard Construction Co. on Niagara Falls Boulevard was arrested this week for allegedly taking a $1,000 downpayment last year to remodel the bathroom of a Lock Street man, keeping the money and not doing the work, Lt. Charles A. Neumann said.

Since Aug. 8, Robillard, of Lindhurst Drive, has been charged with four counts of grand larceny and four counts of petit larceny for allegedly taking about $10,000 in advance payments from seven customers for home improvement work and keeping the cash without starting the jobs.

Promoter cancels animal show in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- The Wonderful World of Animals show scheduled for Friday through Sunday in the Convention & Civic Center has been canceled.

The promoter notified the center that "the show is ending its tour earlier than originally scheduled," according to center officials.

Wildlife festival set at Power Project

LEWISTON -- A bald eagle, monkeys and dogs will be among the guests during the annual New York Power Authority Wildlife Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Niagara Power Project on Lewiston Road.

Admission is free.

"Liberty" the bald eagle and other birds of prey will be shown by the Institute for Environmental Learning at four different times during the day. Primates from Monkey Business will have three shows, and Tiranno Kennels will present retriever dog demonstrations.

The Buffalo Zoo's Zoomobile will offer a live animal display, and there will be opportunities to learn about reptiles, hawks, owls and marine life.

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