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Death of man run over by truck probed

PENDLETON -- A Fisk Road man was found dead at about 3:48 a.m. Saturday after he was run over by a pickup truck on Fiegle Road, an eighth-mile east of Campbell Boulevard, a Niagara County sheriff's deputy said.

Andrew J. Dore, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene by Niagara County Coroner Joseph Mantione. An autopsy was scheduled today.

The truck driver, Kevin J. Feeley, 22, of Creekview Drive, Town of Lockport, told police he thought he had hit something, "possibly a body," lying in the middle of the road, said Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Michael J. Filicetti.

Feeley kept driving to a friend's, then returned to the scene, where he found sheriff's deputies who had been summoned there by three passers-by, Filicetti said.

The accident remained under investigation. No charges had been filed as of late Saturday afternoon, Filicetti said.

Driver suffers head injuries in crash

ROYALTON -- A Middleport man suffered head injuries Saturday when he lost control of his car, which overturned and slammed into a utility pole on Royalton Center Road, police said.

Jason G. Robinson, 22, of South Main Street, was being treated in Erie County Medical Center's emergency room Saturday evening. Information on his condition was unavailable.

The accident occurred at 3:10 a.m. when Robinson lost control of his northbound car 600 feet north of Dale Road. The vehicle slid sideways for 120 feet, left the road, rolled over several times and hit a utility pole, said Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Dennis J. Meier.

Sanborn man hurt as car hits mailbox

CAMBRIA -- A Sanborn man was being treated in Erie County Medical Center's emergency room Saturday for neck injuries he suffered in a one-car accident on Saunders Settlement Road, a hospital official said.

Edwin J. Pfeiffer III, 20, of Joanne Drive, was injured at 5:52 a.m. when he swerved to avoid a deer about 200 feet west of Northway Drive.

The car struck a mailbox, traveled 250 feet and flipped over, said Niagara County Sheriff's Deputy Duane A. Jacobs.

Ceremony marks roadwork completion

LOCKPORT -- An opening ceremony Friday marked the completion of the $1.76 million reconstruction of Bear Ridge and Hinman roads in the city.

Mayor Thomas C. Sullivan said Milherst Construction of Getzville finished the six-month job "right on schedule. That's one of our six main entrances to the city."

The reconstruction also allowed the city to install a new 8-inch water line under the pavement. The project was paid for primarily with federal aid.

On another street reconstruction matter, Sullivan said that Richfield Street has reopened and that a ceremony will be held next week.

Master's Edge of Buffalo received the $275,000 contract for that project, which began in July. "The businesses there were desperate to get that street reopened," Sullivan said.

New chief for Wheatfield Conservatives

WHEATFIELD -- Wesley E. Norman, a former town budget director, has been elected chairman of the town's Conservative Party committee.

Norman said his goal is "not to be the biggest party in Wheatfield, just the best." He said he plans to form a Conservative Club to get the word out and reach out to new voters.

Norman was a member of the former Love Canal Area Revitalization Agency and the town budget committee.

Extended hours for absentee voters

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections will begin a schedule of evening hours Monday to accommodate absentee voting for the Nov. 6 general election.

The board office is on the Hawley Street side of the Philo J. Brooks County Office Building at Park Avenue and Hawley.

Its normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, but the office will stay open until 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1, and also will offer Saturday hours from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

Absentee voters must certify that they will be out of the county on Election Day.

Breast cancer group plans bridge event

NIAGARA FALLS -- Members of the International Breast Cancer Alliance, a new group dedicated to spreading the word about how women can protect themselves from the disease, will hold an event called "Bridging the Gap -- Breast Cancer Knows No Borders," at 10 a.m. today on the Rainbow Bridge.

The event is being touted as a wellness walk with U.S. and Canadian participants meeting at midpoint to exchange flags and forming a human chain.

After the walk, a health forum will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Skylon Tower Plaza in Niagara Falls, Ont., with local and national presenters discussing the prevention and early detection of breast cancer.

The activities are free, and free parking will be available at the Skylon Tower in Parking Lot B. For information or to register, call 278-4553 in the United States or (905) 374-6302 in Ontario.

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