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Arrest made in Falls after attack on man

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 22-year-old man was charged with felony assault by city police Monday night after another man said he was hit in the head several times with a stick.

Randy M. Dullen II, of 19th Street, was charged just after 9 p.m. in the 1700 block of Walnut Avenue.

A 43-year-old man said Dullen came to his house with two other men and struck him in the head with a wooden stick, causing cuts to his eye and forehead. He said the two other men punched and kicked him while he was on the ground.

The victim said the three men are friends of his ex-girlfriend.

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Stolen ATV crashes after chase; arrest made

LEWISTON -- A Youngstown man was charged with leading police, sheriff's deputies and state troopers on a chase with a stolen all-terrain vehicle early Tuesday.

Brian E. Schmiege, 20, was stopped only after being thrown from the ATV on Ward Road in Wheatfield just after 1:39 a.m., law enforcement officials said.

Schmiege was in fair condition Tuesday night in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

Deputies said Schmiege is schizophrenic and said he was off his medication when he led police on what was described as a "low-speed chase" from Walmore Road in Lewiston through the Tuscarora Indian Reservation and onto Ward Road, passing red lights at Saunders Settlement and Lockport roads and avoiding spikes set up by officers.

Niagara County sheriff's and Lewiston police patrol cars were damaged when officers tried to get in front of Schmiege and he swerved and struck two cars, both of which sustained minor damage, according to reports. Schmiege then struck a mailbox in the 7100 block of Ward Road, rolled the ATV and was ejected, deputies said.

He was charged by sheriff's deputies with criminal mischief, failure to keep right, lights not meeting standards, operating a motor vehicle by an unlicensed driver, reckless driving, passing red lights and unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle. He also faces a criminal mischief charge lodged by Lewiston police. Burglary charges were also pending for the ATV theft, which was reported on Balmer Road in Lewiston, deputies said.

Town of Niagara and North Tonawanda police also responded to the chase.

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Special prosecutor named to handle Fricano case

LOCKPORT -- A prosecutor with background in high-profile drunken driving cases has been appointed special district attorney to prosecute the case involving State Supreme Court Justice Amy J. Fricano.

Fricano was charged April 9 with leaving the scene of an accident on High Street in Lockport and driving while under the influence of hydrocodone. She is currently on administrative leave, with pay, from her position on the bench.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. has appointed Leonard E. Krawczyk Jr., a Buffalo criminal-law attorney and former Erie County assistant district attorney to prosecute the case because of conflicts in the Niagara County district attorney's office, where Fricano once worked.

Krawczyk was chief of the Erie County district attorney's DWI Bureau from 1992 to 2000 and said he once before served in Niagara County as a special prosecutor, in 1992, when Niagara County District Attorney Matthew J. Murphy Jr. had a conflict of interest with a case he had represented before he was appointed district attorney.

Krawczyk said he knows nothing about the Fricano case, except what he has read in the paper and does not know her personally.

Fricano is scheduled to appear in court May 1.

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Falls woman reports rape on football field

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 43-year-old city woman told police she was raped and robbed Monday night on the LaSalle Middle School football field.

The woman said she had gone to the school at 8 p.m. to drop off tickets at the concession stand and a man in his 20s, wearing a ski mask, struck her from behind in the head with a glass bottle, raped her, punched her in the head and arms, and took her jewelry.

She said the attack happened in front of the bleachers on the field. She told an officer and detectives the man told her he had a gun, but never showed it. She also said he used a cloth to gag her.

Detectives said Tuesday that the investigation was continuing.

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3 charged after pellet breaks pickup window

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three young men were charged by city police after an Olcott man said his rear window was shattered Monday afternoon by a BB gun pellet as he drove in the 1700 block of Walnut Avenue.

Adam J. Lanzo, 20, of Woodmore Court, was charged with criminal mischief and is accused of shooting the BB gun, police said. Steven P. Buterbaugh and Carl J. Ehrenberg, both 18 and both of Walnut Avenue, were charged with obstructing governmental administration.

Lanzo told police the three were taking turns shooting at various targets from a window. He said he hit the Olcott man's pickup truck by accident, police said.

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