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Motorcyclist, 50, dies of injuries from crash

HANOVER -- James A. Simmons, the motorcyclist who was injured in a crash Sept. 6 on Allegany Road, died Wednesday from his injuries.

Chautauqua County Sheriff's Lt. James Quattrone blamed the crash on an animal darting into the pathway of the motorcycle or another distraction.

Simmons, 50, of South Dayton, died in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

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Falls, Ont., driver clocked at 122 mph, police say

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A Niagara Falls man faces several charges after he was caught driving 122 mph in a 50-mph zone in the city early Thursday, Niagara Regional Police said.

Jason Miller, 23, was charged with five traffic counts, including stunt driving, speeding, careless driving, failure to identify himself and driving with a suspended license.

Police said they began following Miller just before 2 a.m. in the Thorold area and clocked his speed while in pursuit. Miller was released at the scene. However, his vehicle was seized and towed for a mandatory seven-day suspension, police said.

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Falls murder suspect consents to DNA sampling

LOCKPORT -- One of two defendants in a Niagara Falls homicide consented to give a DNA sample Thursday in Niagara County Court, while a hearing on the admissibility of his statements to police was set for Oct. 13.

Darrius S. Molson, 26, of Oschawa Avenue, West Seneca, is due for trial Feb. 1 on charges of killing Deion J. Wood, 27, who was shot to death June 13 on the front porch of a house on Ferry Avenue in Niagara Falls.

His co-defendant, Philip A. Holloway, 21, of Ferry Avenue, who was captured in Texas on July 13 and confessed to shooting Wood, continues to fight extradition. Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Caldwell said she believes Holloway will be here for arraignment by the first week of October.

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Falls man pleads guilty to scam and DWI charges

LOCKPORT -- James R. Felts will be going to state prison for up to four years, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said Thursday as Felts pleaded guilty to a felony, a misdemeanor and a probation violation.

Sperrazza will impose the sentence Dec. 4 on Felts, 57, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, who pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated for an arrest June 21 in the Town of Niagara, and to petit larceny for collecting unemployment benefits to which he wasn't entitled.

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