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Fire company to hold Halloween party

SANBORN -- The members of the Sanborn Fire Company and Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Halloween party at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the fire hall, 5811 Buffalo St. The party is for all town residents, who are invited to dress up and enjoy a safe night of fun and refreshments.

Man charged in domestic dispute

LOCKPORT -- A Chapel Street man who punched a woman in the face in front of her 4-year-old son late Friday night was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal mischief, police said.

Jeremy T. Timian, 30, also is accused of throwing things around the house, damaging household possessions and ripping a telephone out of the wall, Officers Todd A. Chenez and Rodney J. Peters said.

Man hurt in crash faces DWI charge

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane man injured in a head-on crash on Gooding Street late Friday was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to keep right, Officer Steven D. Ritchie said Saturday.

Paul J. Beiter, 47, of Shadigee Road, was being treated for head injuries and fractured ribs in Lockport Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

The crash occurred at 9:30 p.m. Police said the Beiter car crossed into the opposite lane, crashing into a car driven by Nicholas B. Cafora, of Lock Street. Cafora suffered minor injuries.

3 armed men rob convenience store

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three armed men robbed the 7-Eleven food store, 6802 Buffalo Ave., of $40 at gunpoint early Saturday, Detective Patrick Corsaro said.

The three, the hoods of their coats wrapped about their faces, entered the store at 3:28 a.m., one brandishing a shotgun. The gunman demanded cash from a lone clerk while a second robber went behind the counter and took the money from the store's cash register. The group then fled the area, Corsaro said.

Corsaro said the robbers' faces were so well covered, the clerk had no way to determine what they looked like.

Walnut Ave. man accused of assault

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Walnut Avenue man was charged with felony assault at 9 p.m. Friday after police accused him of injuring his girlfriend during a domestic dispute last week, Officer Joseph Dunn said.

Richard Muldoon, 22, was charged when he surrendered to Officers Michael Trane and Richard Bailey at police headquarters. Details were not available, Dunn said.

Man faces felony in damage to car

LOCKPORT -- Police charged a Chestnut Street man with felony criminal mischief early Saturday after a Newfane woman's car was extensively damaged while parked outside a Lincoln Avenue bar, Officer Dennis C. Sobieraski said.

Jeremy M. Erle, 25, was arrested at 1:21 a.m. after police said a witness saw him kicking and punching a car registered to Deborah Barron of Meadowbrook Lane. "There was substantial damage done to the entire driver's-side door and quarter panels," Sobieraski said. No dollar estimate on the damage was available, Sobieraski said.

Funding Starpoint sports to be topic

PENDLETON -- The Starpoint School Board will meet with members of the Starpoint Sports Boosters beginning at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss how to fund winter sports.

Board President William D. Patterson said the Sports Boosters are expected to urge the district to free up some of the $100,000 in pouring rights funding the district is expected to receive from the Pepsi-Cola Co. Patterson called the proposal "premature" because trustees don't have the money yet.

The Boosters, however, reportedly need to have funding in place by Nov. 1. Organization officials project it will cost $82,542 to provide varsity, junior varsity and modified sports.

The district is operating under a contingency budget of $25.3 million. Voters twice defeated proposed budgets.

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