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>Falls man, 27, convicted of assaulting prison guard

A Niagara Falls man was found guilty Monday of attacking a state corrections officer during a prison scuffle last year.

Christian A. Tabb, 27, currently serving time in prison for a stabbing on Portage Road two years ago, was convicted of felony assault on a peace officer and second-degree assault before State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang.

Tabb, who testified he had been assaulted by his victim and other corrections officers during the scuffle at Collins Correctional Facility, was handcuffed and quickly removed from the courtroom after the verdict. Deputy District Attorney Lawrence M. Schwegler said he would seek the maximum penalty, 15 years in prison, when Tabb is sentenced March 22.

His victim, Officer Michael E. Isula, 41, suffered permanent injuries during the fracas at 8 a.m. Feb. 3, 2004. Isula, an 18-year veteran of prison duty, lost five months of work because of a broken jaw and severe shoulder injuries. Tabb attacked him as he was patting him down on orders of a superior, Schwegler said.

Isula, considered 40 percent disabled, with limited use of his right arm, has chosen to remain at work instead of a a disability retirement, the prosecutor said.

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>3-year-old girl dies of injuries from crash

WHEATFIELD -- Niagara County Sheriff Thomas Beilein on Monday announced the death of a 3-year-old girl who was injured in an accident on Lockport Road at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Zsh-ne Moppins, of Lockport, died Friday in Women and Children's Hospital, Buffalo, said Beilein, who did not release the girl's name until Monday.

The girl was a passenger in a westbound car that collided head-on with a FedEx delivery truck. Deputies blamed the crash on bad road conditions.

A 38-year-old woman, the driver, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, for treatment of severe head, foot and hip injuries, and a 17-year-old girl, also a passenger, was taken to Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, with a severe leg injury. Their names ands contions were unavailable.

Zsh-ne was in the center rear seat, restrained by only a lap belt, and not in a child safety seat, deputies said.

The driver of the FedEx truck, a 30-year-old woman, was taken to DeGraff Memorial Hospital, North Tonawanda. for evaluation of apparent minor injuries, said police.

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>Domestic violence case against justice moved

LOCKPORT -- The domestic violence case against Somerset Town Justice Jeffery P. Wick has been transferred to Lockport City Court, court officials said Monday.

No date has been set for Wick's first appearance before Judge William J. Watson.

Wick, 31, was arrested Dec. 9 and charged with second-degree menacing and second-degree harassment for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, Andrea, 31, during an argument. The couple have four children under age 9.

Wick was arrested again Dec. 12 on a charge of second-degree criminal contempt of court for allegedly visiting his wife in violation of an order of protection issued by Newfane Town Justice Bruce M. Barnes, who had arraigned Wick after his first arrest.

Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark will supply a prosecutor to handle Wick's case, after Niagara County District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy III decided prosecuting Wick, before whom his attorneys have to appear, would constitute a potential conflict of interest.

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>Broadway store robbed by two men with rifle

Two men, armed with a rifle, robbed a Broadway store Sunday night, police reported.

Ferry-Fillmore District police said a store employee at Cathay Express, 890 Broadway, was confronted by two men just before 8 p.m.

The men stole $100 from the cash register and $300 from the clerk.

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