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2 St. Catharines men held in brutal attack on driver

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Two St. Catharines men face aggravated assault charges for their alleged involvement in a brutal January attack on a man in front of his 11-year-old daughter, Niagara Regional Police reported.

Andrew J. Sheldrick, 21, and Alex J. Caldwell, 19, were identified as two of the four men who apparently refused to allow passage to traffic on York Street on Jan. 16 and then attacked a 39-year-old man who drove around them but stopped at a stop sign nearby.

The four pulled the victim from his vehicle out onto the road and repeatedly punched and kicked him, police said. Several citizens who came to assist were held at bay by an attacker who pulled out a knife, police said. The group then fled.

The victim, whose daughter remained in the vehicle and wasn't harmed, suffered severe cuts and bruises and was hospitalized. His injuries were not life-threatening however.

Sheldrick and Caldwell were arrested Sunday and held in custody pending bail hearings, police said.

Authorities said the assault was "a random act of violence" and said alcohol was "an influential factor."

Police were continuing to search for the remaining two suspects.

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Lockport woman accused of driving stolen car

LOCKPORT -- City police arrested a Lock Street woman Sunday and charged her with driving a stolen car that was involved in a Saturday night crash at the Lockport Plaza on South Transit Street.

Jessica E. Booth, 28, was charged with third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

The owner, Charles Shellman of Tuscarora Road, Niagara Falls, told officers that he left the car parked in front of Booth's apartment house Saturday while attending a wedding. Booth allegedly drove the vehicle away without permission and was involved in the crash, which Shellman said did an estimated $5,000 worth of front-end damage to the car.

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