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Search resumes for swimmer near Whirlpool Bridge

Emergency crews resumed their search at about 8:30 a.m. today for a missing 18-year-old Niagara Falls man who disappeared Wednesday while swimming with three friends near Butterfly Rock in the Niagara River.

The four friends were swimming just upriver from the Whirlpool Bridge at about 7:30 p.m., when one got into some trouble trying to reach Last Chance Rock, New York State Park Police said.

"The main current caught him and pulled him into the main channel," Lt. Patrick Moriarty said. "The last time his friends saw him, he was struggling to get back to quiet water."

Emergency crews searched for the man from the time of the report until about 1 a.m. today before resuming the search later this morning.

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Buffalo man gets 15 years for shooting, drug sales

Daniel Donmore, 25, was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in prison for shooting a Buffalo cabbie and selling crack cocaine to an undercover state trooper.

Jailed since his arrest a day after the shooting of cabbie Russell Bland, 51, on Feb. 11, Donmore, of St. James Place, told State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscagli he is sorry for the shooting.

The judge told Donmore it was only the hard negotiating of his attorney, Robert M. Goldstein, that spared him a longer prison term.

On June 22, Donmore pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted murder, assault and weapons possession in the shooting of Bland and drug charges for crack sales to the undercover state trooper.

The prosecutor said Donmore, who was intoxicated, shot Bland as they argued in the front seat of the victim's cab.

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