>Juror's illness disrupts trial in beating case
LOCKPORT -- The trial of David F. Kennerknecht, charged with taking part in the fatal beating of a Lancaster man, was briefly disrupted Friday when a juror became ill.
The woman, who fell from her chair during graphic testimony from a medical examiner about the autopsy of Nicholas A. Kwasniewski, was examined at Lockport Memorial Hospital. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza replaced her with an alternate.
The prosecution rested its case, and the jury may begin deliberations Monday after defense attorney Joel L. Daniels offers his case.
It will include playing the recording of a 911 call reporting the June 4 beating.
The caller reports that three men beat up Kwasniewski in the 600 block of 19th Street, Niagara Falls. Three men pleaded guilty to the beating and a fourth was convicted by a jury of orchestrating the attack. Daniels asserts that Kennerknecht, 23, of the Town of Niagara, was at the scene but did nothing, although co-defendants testified he took part.
>Damage to parked cars results in DWI charge
LOCKPORT -- A Pendleton man was arrested after three parked cars were damaged on Main Street on Thursday.
Daniel E. Beiter, 55, of Mapleton Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated and improper lane use at 3:40 p.m.
His blood alcohol level was .19 percent, more than twice the legally intoxicated level of .08.
>Level 3 sex offender accused in abuse of girl, 5
LOCKPORT -- A Hawley Street man with a history of sexual abuse was arrested Thursday on two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Dale L. Goff, 44, is considered a level three sex offender, classified by the state as the highest risk level for committing another offense. He was convicted in 1992 of molesting two boys, both younger than 10. He pleaded guilty to reduced charges of two counts of first-degree sexual abuse after being indicted on 18 counts of sexual abuse and 14 sodomy charges involving the two boys.
The judge said at his sentencing then that Goff should have no unsupervised contact with children younger than 18 and there should be no children in his home or yard, regardless of an adult's presence.
Goff was charged after a monthlong investigation by Lockport police and the district attorney's office, regarding an incident Jan. 7 in a Walnut Street home.
A woman said Goff was visiting and had used her phone. After he left, the woman said her 5-year-old daughter said Goff had put his hands inside her clothing.