>Charges against two dismissed in Niagara
LOCKPORT -- Charges have been dismissed against a Cambria woman accused of taking part in the June 1 baseball bat assault on a Lockport man outside a Pendleton bar.
Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said Tuesday that Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. threw out the indictment last week against Kristin Pattison, 19, of Carter Drive. She had been charged with assault, weapons possession and criminal facilitation for driving four men to Jimmy B's on South Transit Road, where the attack occurred.
Pitarresi said further investigation showed Pattison didn't know an attack was planned and never got out of her car.
Previously, Matthew J. Vanderhider, 21, of Creek Road, Porter, pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault, while Derek S. Kast, 21, of Crosby Road, Lockport, and James R. Carroll, 20, of Human Road, Cambria, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. Broderick previously dismissed charges against Zachery K. Barrand, 22, of Upper Mountain Road, Pekin, after the others agreed Barrand wasn't at the scene.
In another case, Broderick dismissed drug charges against Kenneth D. Longmire, 39, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls. He had been charged with selling crack cocaine May 21 in Niagara Falls. Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Longmire agreed to plead guilty to an unrelated misdemeanor in Niagara Falls City Court, and Broderick's dismissal was part of a package deal.
>Two men plead guilty to drunken driving
LOCKPORT -- A Royal Parkway man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to a felony count of driving while intoxicated.
Frederic H. Blackwell, 61, was scheduled for sentencing May 23. He was arrested Oct. 13 after his car went into a ditch on Dysinger Road.
In another case, Scott K. Campbell, 34, of Vanderbilt Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Sentencing was scheduled for May 19. Campbell was charged with leading Niagara Falls and Town of Niagara police on a high-speed chase Aug. 27.
>Police seek 2 suspects in forced entry, assault
LOCKPORT -- City police are searching for two men who forced their way into a Washburn Street apartment on Sunday and assaulted a man and woman.
Police said a 22-year-old Beattie Avenue man answered the door about 6 a.m. and two masked armed men stormed in, struck the man in the head with a firearm and then choked him until he passed out.
The woman said the men demanded money and drugs and struck her face with a sawed off shotgun.
>Falls man beaten; suspect is charged
NIAGARA FALLS -- A 46-year-old man was listed in serious condition Tuesday after being beaten in the head on Monday night by a 24th Street man armed with an aluminum bat, according to police.
Jose Baez Rios, 31, was charged in City Court on Tuesday with felony first-degree assault. Police say he struck a man several times in the head and arm at 11:55 p.m. The victim is in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
Rios is being held in Niagara County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 property.
The suspect's girlfriend told police she called a cousin, the man who was attacked with a bat, for help after Rios threatened her with a knife.
Rios also was charged with second-degree harassment and third-degree assault for slapping and biting his girlfriend in September, police said.