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>Car stuck on tracks nets drunken-driving charge

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Lockport man was charged with driving while intoxicated after his car was discovered just before 2:30 p.m. Thursday stuck on railroad tracks at 14th and Falls streets, city police said.

Charged was James F. Benton, 48, of South Transit Road, Town of Lockport. City police said they believe Benton drove along the tracks until his vehicle became stuck. Police said an open bottle of vodka was found at his feet and that his blood-alcohol level was 0.15.

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>Falls man accused of beating 74-year-old

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls man was charged Friday with beating a 74-year-old man with the victim's walking stick.

Tracy L. Carter, 24, of Ninth Street faces charges of second-degree assault and second-degree harassment, according to detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division.

Carter attacked the man after being ordered to leave the victim's Niagara Avenue home Thursday morning, police said.

The victim's son found the man lying on the floor several hours later. He was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was treated for arm, leg and head injuries, police said. Carter was arrested later in Buffalo.

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>Wilson, Newfane fires under investigation

Authorities in Niagara County were investigating two fires Friday, one that destroyed a home in Wilson and another in Newfane that sheriff's deputies called suspicious.

The fire Friday morning in Dorwood Trailer Park in Wilson killed a pug named Peaches, firefighters said. No family members were home when the blaze hit at 10:15 a.m. at 315 Maple St. The South Wilson, Wilson, Ransomville and Miller Hose Volunteer fire companies responded. The Red Cross is helping the family.

Deputies still were seeking a cause Friday night for that blaze, as well as an unrelated fire they say was the work of an arsonist.

That fire destroyed a garage in Newfane just before 10 p.m. Thursday. Miller Hose firefighters responded to 6064 Ketchum Ave. and were helped by Wrights Corners volunteers.

A neighboring garage at 6068 Ketchum Ave. also was damaged.

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