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>Injured Falls officer to be tested for hepatitis

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city police officer will undergo testing for hepatitis after cutting his hand on a broken crack pipe while arresting a LaSalle Avenue man Saturday morning.

Officer Todd Faddoul was hurt shortly after 10 a.m. while making an arrest in the 1100 block of Linwood Avenue, police reported.

Faddoul was searching Alfonzo M. Hicks, 34, after arresting him for loitering. Hicks told Faddoul he had nothing sharp with him, but Faddoul reported that he was cut by a piece of glass attached to a prescription pill bottle in Hicks' pocket.

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>Two men face traffic, drunk driving charges

WHEATFIELD -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies arrested a Lockport man for driving while intoxicated early Saturday.

Ramon Morales Jr., 37, of John Street, was stopped at 3:59 a.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard. Deputies said he registered a .13 blood-alcohol reading and also was charged with speeding.
A couple of hours earlier, deputies stopped a Newfane man on Ridge Road, not far from his home. Joseph H. Williams, 50, of Nelson Road, was charged with driving while intoxicated, speeding, failure to keep right and making an illegal signal.

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>Falls teen accused of hitting car with stick

NIAGARA FALLS -- A teenager is accused of hitting a passing car with a hockey stick about 5 p.m. Saturday on LaSalle Avenue, police said.

Nickolas R. Mattoon, 18, of LaSalle Avenue, is charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief, obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.
Police said Mattoon was playing street hockey near his home when a man driving a car said his car was hit with a hockey stick. When he stopped his car, police said, Mattoon raised his hockey stick in a threatening manner, slammed it on the trunk and struck the side of the vehicle.

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>Falls man injured in Third Street brawl

NIAGARA FALLS -- A verbal confrontation escalated into violence early Saturday, leaving a city man with injuries to his head and body.

Police said the victim, 26, of Pierce Avenue, was punched from behind as he turned to walk away from the argument in the 400 block of Third Street about 1:30 a.m.
Three others pushed the victim to the ground and kicked him repeatedly, said police, who described the injuries as not serious.

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