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Order of protection hampers birthday trip

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Grand Island woman who took a North Tonawanda woman to Canada for her birthday was unable to avoid legal scrutiny at the border.

Michele D. Jones, 38, of Stoney Point Road, was charged with second-degree criminal contempt just before 2 a.m. Wednesday at the Rainbow Bridge. She is accused of violating an order of protection issued on behalf of the birthday celebrant.

The North Tonawanda woman told U.S. Customs and Border Patrol authorities the two were in the process of trying to get the order dropped in North Tonawanda court.

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Woman arraigned in attack on nurse

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls woman was arraigned in Niagara County Court Wednesday on charges that she assaulted a nurse in the psychiatric emergency room of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Oct. 10.

Janice K. Bugay, 25, of Hyde Park Boulevard, pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and obstructing emergency medical services.

She allegedly attacked nurse Joan Dugan, injuring her badly enough that she had to be treated as a patient herself. Further details were unavailable, as Medical Center spokesman Patrick J. Bradley cited health privacy laws in declining comment.

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Lockport man charged in bar parking lot crash

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport man charged on a warrant is accused of damaging two vehicles in the parking lot of Attitudes Bar on West Avenue Saturday.

Robert G. Holmes, 29, of Garden Street, surrendered Monday and was charged by Lockport police with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with property damage, unreasonable speed and two counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Police said a witness saw Holmes driving erratically in the parking lot just before 5 a.m., hit a parked SUV, pushing it into a parked truck.

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Attack with guitar results in arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Whitney Avenue man is accused of hitting a woman in the back with a guitar following an argument early Wednesday in their home.

Michael B. Duncan, 38, was charged with second-degree assault and harassment. Police said the attack occurred just before 3:30 a.m. The victim fled to a friend's house on 17th Street and called 911, police said.

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