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>3 hurt in head-on crash blamed on icy conditions

LOCKPORT -- Three people were taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital's Lockport site with minor injuries after a two-car head-on crash about 9 p.m. Friday, fire officials said.

The crash occurred at Jackson Street and Plank Road. Officer Steven Abbott said police at the scene attributed the crash to icy conditions. Names of those involved were unavailable, but Assistant Fire Chief Michael Seeloff said two 17-year-old girls were taken to the hospital: one from Wilson complaining of neck pain, the other from Newfane, complaining of pain around her collarbone and chest.

The other car was driven by a Lockport man who had a foot injury, Seeloff said.

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>Aide accused of abuse enters not guilty plea

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County prosecutors haven't given up on their case against a former nursing home aide accused of sexually molesting an elderly female patient Aug. 29.

David M. Payne, 46, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty Friday to a fresh indictment accusing him of first-degree criminal sexual act and first-degree sexual abuse.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III had dismissed those same charges Jan. 30, saying the evidence presented to the grand jury was insufficient. This time, Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said, the grand jury was offered testimony from the 89-year-old alleged victim, a resident of Niagara Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 822 Cedar Ave., Niagara Falls.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict moved for another dismissal, asserting Payne didn't receive notice of the grand jury proceedings. Zucco said he noted in court on Jan. 30 that he would try to reindict Payne. Murphy set bail at $10,000.

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>Man, 40, pleads guilty to molesting three girls

LOCKPORT -- Antoine J. Landry, 40, of Ashland Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty Thursday to molesting three girls, ages 8, 10 and 12.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza agreed to attorneys' recommendation to sentence Landry to no more than 8 1/2 years in prison when he returns to court May 2. The legal maximum for the charges to which he admitted would be 11 years.

Landry pleaded guilty to second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, attempted first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sexual abuse. The incidents occurred between the fall of 2007 and September 2008, Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said.

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>Judge sends man to prison for shaking infant son

LOCKPORT -- A man who violently shook his infant son to stop his crying, leaving the child with permanent brain damage, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Rondell Levick Sr., 21, of Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, also beat his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter in a separate incident in April 2008. He had pleaded guilty to reckless assault on a child and third-degree assault. The sentence covers both cases.

Rondell Levick Jr. was 4 1/2 months old when he was shaken Dec. 1, 2007. Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said the child has permanent neurological damage, including irreparable vision impairment, numb lips and a tongue that doesn't function fully. Sperrazza said the baby has seizures and can't sleep without being medicated.

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>Felony hearing waived in shooting of 2 officers

NIAGARA FALLS -- While all three of his alleged victims are recovering, the man charged in a Feb. 7 domestic shootout that injured two police officers and his ex-girlfriend appeared in City Court Friday and waived his felony hearing.

Adam J. Hamilton's case will now be heard in Niagara County Court.

Hamilton, 34, of Niagara Falls, is charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and one count of second-degree attempted murder. He is accused of shooting city officers Walter Nichols Jr. and Michael D. Bird.

Both officers were responding to a domestic call at Stephanie Turk's South Avenue home. Police said Hamilton arrived armed with a shotgun, .22-caliber rifle, knife and handcuffs.

Turk, 27, the mother of Hamilton's two son, was critically injured after being stabbed and shot. She remains in Erie County Medical Center.

Nichols continues to recover from surgery to remove shotgun pellets near his heart and stomach, while Bird was treated for shotgun pellet wounds to his face. Hamilton remains jailed on the attempted murder counts in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1 million bond.

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>Man suspected of casing houses for a break-in

PENDLETON -- A man who told deputies he was going door-to-door looking for work may have been casing homes for a break-in, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

A resident of the 4800 block of Beach Ridge Road called sheriff's deputies when she heard her dogs bark and noticed a man on her porch prying at her side door just after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Robert E. Thompson II, 26, of Beach Ridge Road, was charged with second-degree burglary and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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