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Hockey coach accused of sexual exploitation

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A St. Catharines hockey coach arrested Friday on sexual exploitation charges is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl, a team member, Niagara Regional Police said.

Jason Rozborowskyj, 27, was taken into custody pending a bail hearing today in St. Catharines. Police said Rozborowskyj was a conditioning coach for a team in the Niagara Ball Hockey League.

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Judge reins in dog that mauled 6-year-old

DUNKIRK -- The dog is dangerous.

That was the decision issued Friday by Dunkirk City Judge Walter Drag, ending a civil case waged by the family of a 6-year-old boy mauled by a pit bull June 2.

The dog, owned by Terrance R. Wickham, broke its leash, attacked the boy and bit him in the left side and back. The boy was treated in the hospital for his wounds.

In case the pit bull attacks again, Drag ordered that a microchip be surgically implanted as proof of identity. Drag also ordered Wickham to surrender the dog to an animal-control officer before Tuesday to ensure the animal is in compliance with shots and has no diseases.

Wickham also was ordered to install a fenced-in enclosure for the dog, which, when walked, must be muzzled and attached to a metal leash. He also was fined $25.

The decision was rendered after a June 15 hearing in City Court.

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Threat with a gun results in arrest

Erie County sheriff's deputies early Friday arrested a 44-year-old man accused of threatening family members with a gun during a domestic dispute at his home on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation.

Sheriff's officials reported that Derrick Stevens, of Seneca Road, arrived home early Friday morning, became enraged and threatened several members of his family. Responding deputies found him passed out and took him into custody without further incident.

Deputies charged Stevens with six counts of felony menacing, along with criminal weapons possession and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Judge gives green light to discrimination lawsuit

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara has ruled that a former Erie County Water Authority employee can go ahead with his discrimination lawsuit claiming he was fired because his superiors learned he was involved in an interracial relationship.

Following a recommendation by Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, Arcara refused to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Scott Matusick, a dispatcher fired by the Water Authority in 2006.

Matusick, 44, of Hamburg, worked for the Water Authority for 14 years. He claims that some of his superiors and co-workers began harassing him in 2004 after learning that he was dating an African-American woman, whom he has since married.

His firing, he maintains, was retaliation for his involvement in an interracial romance.

The Water Authority vehemently denies the allegation, saying Matusick was fired for sleeping on the job and failing to properly handle two emergency calls.

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Ex-Riverside High student faces shock incarceration

D'Andre Smith, a former Riverside High School student, was taken into custody Friday as he was sentenced to a state shock incarceration camp for slugging a teacher seven months ago.

Smith, 17, of East Amherst Street, also will be on probation for three years.

He previously pleaded to third third-degree assault for the incident at the school at about 3 p.m. Dec. 18.

City Judge Craig D. Hannah also granted him youthful offender status for the school assault.

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Two arrested in Amherst linked to car break-ins

Two people were arrested in Amherst early Friday morning in connection with the latest series of car break-ins in the Harlem-Saratoga area, police said.

Mark Lee, 22, of Harlem Road, Snyder, and Ashley Lackie, 21, of Lemans Drive, Depew, were charged with criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

Amherst Officers Patrick Mayer and Kari McFayden made the arrests at about 5:30 a.m., after a Harlem Road resident called police. Officers said they found some stolen items on one of the two and in a backpack that also was recovered.

The arrests followed a rash of break-ins on Hamilton Drive, Saratoga Road and Mount Vernon Road.

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Judge spares lecture in sentencing for DWI

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III didn't bother lecturing an East Amherst man about the dangers of his drunken driving Friday -- he just sent the man to jail for a year.

Murphy told Curtis Stumm, 58, of Tonawanda Creek Road, that he was sure other judges had lectured him in the past, without apparent effect, about driving while intoxicated. Stumm had pleaded guilty to felony DWI in the wake of a Dec. 23 arrest on East Canal Road in Pendleton.

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