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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Suit challenges tie in primary contest

LOCKPORT -- A lawsuit was filed late Thursday in State Supreme Court on behalf of Lewiston supervisor candidate Steven L. Reiter, challenging a Niagara County Board of Elections decision that left the Working Families Party primary for the office a tie.

Reiter, the Republican nominee, is in a 6-6 tie with incumbent Democrat Fred M. Newlin II for the minor line. However, the board refused to count two write-in votes for Reiter on the grounds that they couldn't tell from the paper roll on which party line they were cast.

That may have been because the voting machine malfunctioned. It's supposed to punch a pinhole in the paper when the slide for a write-in is lifted, but that didn't happen in the case of those two votes.

If the election remains tied, it's up to party leaders to choose the winner, and they would presumably choose Newlin, whom they previously endorsed. Reiter's suit is scheduled to be heard by Justice Frank Caruso Thursday in Niagara Falls, court officials said.

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Falls man accused of statutory rape

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old girl seven times between Jan. 18 and Feb. 23.

Rocky J. Cox, 19, of Willow Avenue, pleaded not guilty to four counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and three counts of third-degree rape, popularly known as statutory rape.

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