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>Appellate court rejects appeal in fatal shooting

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously rejected an appeal filed by Javon M. Ridgeway, 28, of Niagara Falls, who was convicted in 2007 of shooting his estranged girlfriend to death and leaving her cousin a paraplegic because of a bullet lodged in her spine.

Ridgeway argued that then-Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. made a mistake in allowing prosecutors to use statements he made to police, as well as statements the murdered woman, Lanerra M. Streeter, 25, had previously made to police about domestic violence incidents with Ridgeway. The five-judge appellate panel in Rochester ruled that Broderick made no errors.

Broderick sentenced Ridgeway to 50 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him, relying in large part on the eyewitness testimony from her wheelchair of the dead woman's cousin, Nichole Nabors. The shootings occurred in Streeter's apartment on Ninth Street in Niagara Falls on Sept. 9, 2006.

Ridgeway subsequently pleaded guilty to wounding a man in a separate shooting incident. Ridgeway is not eligible for parole until 2065, when he would be 85.

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>Police probe stabbing of Lafayette student

The Lafayette High School student stabbed near the West Side school Wednesday morning was treated in Erie County Medical Center and later released.

Lawrence Hairston, 18, of Locust Street, suffered six stab wounds in the attack at about 8:40 a. m. at West Delavan Avenue and Hoyt Street. Three men were involved in the attack, according to police.

Police are continuing an investigation into the assault.

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>DWI charged after car hits pole in Marilla

Erie County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 34-year-old man for driving while intoxicated, after his vehicle went off the road and struck a utility pole Wednesday in Marilla, sheriff's officials said.

Deputies Aaron Naegely and Thomas Was charged D. J. Biniaszewski, of Cowlesville, with DWI after the accident on Clinton Street. Biniaszewski was treated for minor injuries.

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