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Errick Road student suspended for BB gun

WHEATFIELD -- An Errick Road Elementary School student was suspended for bringing a BB gun to school in his backpack.

A teacher found the plastic gun contained BBs, according to Principal Nora O'Bryan.

She said the gun was never used in a threatening manner. It was in his backpack to be transported from his mother's house to his father's house.

The student was suspended, according to the Niagara County Sheriff's Office and the Niagara Wheatfield School District.

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Seven jurors seated in Carter murder trial

LOCKPORT -- Seven jurors were seated Monday for the trial of Darnell D. Carter, 23, of 12th Street, Niagara Falls, who is charged with murder in the March 20, 2009, shooting death of Robert R. Biggs, 39, in an alleged robbery on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Defense attorney Christopher A. Privateer said Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza ruled that sneakers police found in a bag in Carter's home are admissible as evidence, even though the rest of the clothes in the bag were ruled inadmissible.

They included the clothes that Carter seemed to have been wearing, according to a surveillance video from a nearby store that recorded part of the robbery.

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2 accused of firing shotguns too close to a house

GASPORT -- Two men were charged with illegal discharge of a firearm after Niagara County sheriff's deputies said they fired shotguns too close to a house on South Quaker Road.

Brian D. Hillman, 32, of View Pointe Drive, Macedon, and Sean Hillman, 25, of Catherine Street, Medina, were charged after a South Quaker Road man called deputies to his home just before 4 p.m. Saturday, saying bird shot was hitting the trees around his house.

The Hillmans were taken into custody by patrol at gunpoint, told to place their hands behind their backs, and their guns were secured, deputies said. Deputies said the men were issued an an appearance ticket.

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Burglary tools found after Nabisco break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police investigators found burglary tools in an abandoned backpack on the roof in the former Nabisco Building on Rainbow Boulevard after a burglar alarm was set off just before 3 a.m. Monday.

An off-duty officer investigating found that a rooftop door had been pried open at the building owned by Niagara Falls Redevelopment, wires had been cut, and insulation had been torn off copper pipes in a locker room area.

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Niagara County residents warned of census scam

HARTLAND -- The Niagara County Sheriff's Office wants residents to be aware of a census scam that may be happening in their local mail.

A 70-year-old Quaker Road woman said she filled out her forms at the end of February and was asked for information regarding her Social Security number, name, date of birth, nationality, health insurance and her monthly income. She said she filled out the form and mailed to the return address.

She said she became suspicious after she later learned that the U.S. Census does not ask for such personal information. Police advised her to contact her financial institutions.

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Run-in with police sparks six-count indictment

LOCKPORT -- A North Transit Road man who allegedly had a run-in with a city police officer Sept. 28 pleaded not guilty Monday to a six-count indictment in Niagara County Court.

Charles T. Williams, 31, is charged with second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault and single counts of obstructing governmental administration, tampering with physical evidence and second-degree criminal contempt of court.

According to a police report, Williams was taken into custody for driving with a suspended license, and at booking was seen allegedly swallowing a "small rocklike substance" he took out of his sock. He is accused of head-butting Lt. Terry L. Gill under the right eye as the latter was trying to intervene. Gill suffered a cut and swelling, the report said.

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