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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Man says racial slur was scratched into truck

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Rivershore Drive man told a city officer Wednesday night that someone scratched a racial obscenity deep into the paint of the door of his truck.

The man told police the defamatory language was scratched into the door overnight Tuesday.

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Marijuana dealer gets six-month jail term

LOCKPORT -- A marijuana dealer was sentenced to six months in jail Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Eric C. Shimmel, 22, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child.

Shimmel sold two bags of marijuana to a 14-year-old boy for $10 on May 6, 2006. The boy's father witnessed the deal and called police.

Co-defendant Katherine M. Bond, 21, of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, awaits sentencing on the sale charge.

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Newly licensed driver faces charges in crash

SANBORN -- A 17-year-old boy who had his license for just 22 days faces a long list of charges after a crash that injured him and three friends and heavily damaged a Mount Hope Road home on Wednesday night.

Martin W. Roman of Niagara Road in Bergholz was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana, unreasonable speed, failure to keep right and reckless driving. Police said they also are investigating whether alcohol may have been involved in the crash.

Lewiston Police Sgt. Frank Previte said Roman's car was traveling at about 70 mph about 8 p.m., swerved to avoid another car and hit a house at 2267 Mount Hope Road. It remained lodged in the home overnight, due to concerns about structural safety.

Police Chief Ronald Winkley said the car was removed Thursday morning.

"It was a beautiful double-wide trailer, a very nice place, and the car went right under it," Winkley said.

Winkley said Roman was treated in Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston and two passengers were treated in Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. A third passenger remained in ECMC Thursday with head injuries that are not believed to be life threatening, police said. Names of the passengers were not released, but Winkley said they ranged in age from 14 to 17.

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Plea deal cuts short trial jury selection

LOCKPORT -- A former Lockport man cut short jury selection in his trial Tuesday by deciding to plead guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny in exchange for a promise he would be sent to the state prison system's secure drug treatment facility.

Clayton E. Herring, 46, who was arrested in December in Houston, had been accused of entering a Chestnut Street woman's home Sept. 29, punching her and stealing her purse containing a credit card. He also was accused of violating an order of protection by phoning and writing letters to the woman subsequently.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baerhe said nine jurors had been selected when Herring decided to plead guilty. Acting County Judge Angelo J. Morinello will impose the sentence Aug. 10.

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