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Two-car crash injures four people in Newfane

NEWFANE -- Four people were injured in a collision Saturday afternoon on Chestnut Road, the Niagara County Sheriff's Department said.

The driver of a 1997 Chevy Lumina, headed east, ran a stop sign and collided with a 2004 Saturn headed south on Coomer Road, deputies said.

The driver of the Saturn and his passenger were taken to Erie County Medical Center. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening, deputies added.

The driver of the Lumina and her passenger were treated in Newfane Inter-Community Memorial Hospital for minor injuries.

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Police checking report arrest 2 on drug charges

LOCKPORT -- State Police arrested two people on drug charges early Saturday after investigating reports of a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Robinson Road apartment complex.

Steven W. Pinkert of Woodhaven Drive, and Timothy J. Paolini of Nicholls Street were charged wach with third-, fourth-, fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance in a non-original container, and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Both were jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail, pending appearances in Lockport Town Court.

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Mace, Taser gun used to quell bar brawl

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police used Mace and fired a Taser gun to halt a closing-time brawl in the Third Street bar district early Saturday. Five people were arrested.

Lt. William Szczykutowicz said that just after 3 a.m., a fight involving 10 people erupted in front of the Tap Room bar, as more than 100 watched. The combatants threw punches and hit each other with pieces of wood taken from a park bench.

New York State Parks Police aided city police.

Christopher W. Kisloski, 22, of Lockport Road, who tried to flee after being arrested, was shot with a Taser gun, police said. He suffered facial injuries in the fight and after being Tasered, police said, and was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

Kisloski and Richard J. Lesniewski, 22, of Blossom Lane, North Tonawanda, were charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police said.

The following were charged with disorderly conduct: Seann T. Carmack, 19, of Virginia, identified as a Buffalo State College student; Jason R. Hill, 22, of Troy Avenue; and Kevin M. Agius, 24, of Las Vegas.

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Armed suspect sought in store robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are searching for a man who displayed a shotgun while robbing the Wilson Farms store on 18th Street at 8:25 a.m. Saturday.
An employee told police he was making breakfast sandwiches when the man went behind the counter and demanded money.

Police said the bandit was wearing a black hoodie and a ski mask and the shotgun was covered in black tape. He emptied the cash register and cash box of an undisclosed amount before fleeing north toward Weston Avenue, police said.

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7-year-old boy beaten; man charged in assault

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police charged a man with felony assault and endangering the welfare of a child after he beat a 7-year-old boy at about 7:15 p.m. Friday, police said.

John E. Allen, 38, was taken into custody shortly after the attack in his Ashland Avenue home, police said. He is accused of kicking the boy in the face and back, causing a swollen eye, welts and other injuries not believed to be serious.

The boy was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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Head injury suffered in knife attack

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 24-year-old South Avenue man suffered a cut to the top of his head when he was attacked by a man with a knife inside a Ferry Avenue convenience store just after 4 a.m. Saturday.

The victim told police he had just finished paying for a gasoline purchase when a man standing in line behind him made a comment, then reached inside his jacket for the weapon. The victim said the man lunged at him with a knife, and in the ensuing scuffle, a coffee machine and other store equipment were knocked over.

Another customer came to the assistance of the victim, who was not seriously injured, and the attacker fled, police said.

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Two teens with knives rob Scibilia Haircutters

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two teenage males armed with knives held up Scibilia Haircutters at about 4:30 p.m. Friday, escaping from the 19th Street business with an undetermined amount of cash.

Police said the bandits obtained $20 in cash from an employee as well as money from the cash register.

The two also made off with a cellular telephone and golf club, police added.

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