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>Niagara-on-the-Lake man killed in one-vehicle crash

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- A Niagara-on-the-Lake man was killed early Monday in a one-vehicle crash on Lakeshore Road near Garrison Village Drive, Niagara Regional Police said.

Authorities said the 29-year-old victim, whose name was not released, was traveling in a van sometime before 1 a.m. when he apparently lost control and struck a tree. The van was found resting on its driver's side in a ditch. The victim was trapped inside without vital signs.

Police believe speed was a factor in the crash. Any witnesses are asked to contact police at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5500.

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>Falls man pleads guilty to child porn possession

A Niagara Falls man faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine after pleading guilty Monday to possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn reported.

Michael Weaver, 31, admitted possessing more than 600 images of child pornography on his home computer. Assistant U.S. Attorney John E. Rogowski said federal agents learned Weaver had obtained child pornography over the Internet in January 2006.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents executed a search warrant at his house last August and seized a computer and CDs found to contain the images and movies depicting minors engaged in sexual conduct.

Weaver consented to forfeit his computer equipment as part of the plea. He is scheduled to be sentenced before Chief U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Sept. 24.

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>Grand Island resident admits Falls assault

LOCKPORT -- A Grand Island man accepted a plea offer in an assault case Monday, the day his trial was to have begun in Niagara County Court.

Carl R. Adams Jr., 37, of Laurie Lane, admitted to attempted second-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 14 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said Adams punched Steven Deyo, of Niagara Falls, in the head, opening a 20-stitch cut, and kicked him in the ribs July 29 in an apartment on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. Pitarresi said Deyo was trying to protect a woman Adams was assaulting.

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