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Car plunges down ravine in crash, injuring driver

SALAMANCA -- A car landed on its top Wednesday afternoon, plunging down a 12-foot ravine and narrowly missing Little Valley Creek.

City Police Lt. Ron Shadden said the crash occurred on West State Street, where a westbound car driven by Merrill Green Sr. of Kill Buck caught the top of a bridge railing over the creek, sending it over the top and down the ravine.

Green was treated for chest pains in Olean General Hospital.

Bartender accused of hitting patron in head with bottle

NIAGARA FALLS -- Detectives arrested a bartender Wednesday for allegedly hitting a patron of a Main Street bar over the head with a beer bottle.

Carl E. Turner Jr., 30, of Wurlitzer Drive, North Tonawanda, was charged with felony assault, Detective Frank Coney said.

Turner is accused of hitting Kevin M. Kranarz, 18, of 69th Street, in Sharky's Bar, 2109 Main St., last Thursday.

Kranarz was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's emergency room, where a large piece of glass was removed from his head, Coney said.

Man accused of bilking homeowner out of $1,800

NIAGARA FALLS -- Andre Lampkin, 39, of Ely Avenue, was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of bilking a Weston Avenue resident out of about $1,800, Detective William Thomson said.

Lampkin was charged with grand larceny after an investigation by Thomson and Detective William Smith.

Lampkin is accused of accepting $1,792 from a man to paint his home and then never performing the work or returning the money, Thomson said.

He added that Lampkin also was charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief for conning the same man out of another $60 in the summer.

Lockport man denies guilt in alleged DWI crash

LOCKPORT -- A High Street man accused of being drunk when his vehicle struck a utility pole Aug. 29 denied all charges in a Niagara County Court arraignment Wednesday.

Eugene E. Paibomsai, 44, was indicted on a felony count of driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle.

Sheriff's deputies measured Paibomsai's blood alcohol content at 0.27 percent after the accident on Lockport-Olcott Road near Hatter Road, Newfane.

N.T. man pleads guilty to lesser charge in attack

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man originally accused of assaulting two women in an apartment May 27 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in Niagara County Court on Wednesday.

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. immediately gave Raymond R. Irizarry a one-year conditional discharge.

Irizarry, 36, of Wheatfield Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass. The original eight-count indictment was dismissed.

Irizarry had been accused of entering an apartment on Main Street in North Tonawanda and roughing up the two women. One allegedly was thrown into a glass coffee table, causing hip and arm injuries.