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Body recovered from river is Brantford, Ont., woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- The body recovered from the lower Niagara River June 13 was that of an 18-year-old Canadian woman, Rebekah Verschoor, of Brantford, Ont., Niagara County Coroner Cindy-Lou Joyce reported Monday.

A tourist on the Canadian side of the river reported seeing the floating body about half a mile from the whirlpool. The U.S. Border Patrol used a helicopter to remove the body from the gorge after it was recovered by that agency and by parks police from both sides of the border.

No foul play is suspected.


Condition of motorcyclist who hit deer is upgraded

A Gasport motorcyclist who struck a deer early Sunday morning and was thrown from his vehicle was upgraded to serious condition Monday in Erie County Medical Center.

James F. Boyer Jr., 51, was thrown from his motorcycle about 1:21 a.m. while traveling south on Quaker Road in Hartland. Niagara County sheriff's deputies said Boyer apparently struck a deer near Becker Farms.

Boyer was taken by Mercy Flight to ECMC where he was initially listed in critical condition.

Meanwhile, another motorcyclist, Daniel Gallaway, 43, of Eden, was listed in fair condition late Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Gallaway collided with a pickup truck about 4:40 a.m. Saturday on Boston State Road in North Collins, Erie County sheriff's deputies said.


Akron Road man accused in break-in, assault

LOCKPORT -- A man who allegedly broke into an East High Street home Saturday was charged by city police Monday with felony burglary and three other counts.

Jessie G. Scheeler, 18, of Akron Road, was arrested by detectives Monday morning and charged with second-degree burglary, attempted third-degree assault, second-degree coercion and third-degree menacing.

A woman told police that she was with a male friend when she left him briefly and found Scheeler and another man in the living room. The woman tried to call police but Scheeler allegedly grabbed the phone, threw it across the room, and demanded to know where the woman's friend was before knocking the woman, who said she is one month pregnant, to the floor.

Scheeler then allegedly stormed upstairs and confronted the man, who said Scheeler told him to get dressed and meet him outside. In the meantime, the woman retrieved the phone and called police, and the two intruders fled.


2 Georgia men arrested in North Carolina assault

Two Georgia men wanted in North Carolina on a violent assault case were arrested at the Canadian border Saturday, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Field Operations.

Anthony Bell, 22, and Elias Martin, 23, told Canadian border officials they were trying to see Niagara Falls and made a wrong turn into Canada, Canadian border officials said.

They were accompanied by two female juveniles. Record checks by officials revealed that the men had active arrest warrants against them and the females were listed as missing persons.

The group is believed to have participated in a violent assault in Mooresville, N.C. Martin and Bell had felony warrants issued against them on June 25, according to Chief Kevin Corsaro. The warrants charge both men with assault, breaking and/or entering, robbery, larceny and property damage.


Judge tells Falls man, 36, to 'stay away from guns'

LOCKPORT -- Damien P. Powell, 36, of Niagara Falls, needs to make some changes, Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said Monday as he sentenced to the Forest Avenue man to 3 1/2 years in state prison for gun possession.

"You're getting kind of old to be getting guns and shooting up downtown Niagara Falls," Murphy told Powell. "Stay away from guns."

Powell admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon in the wake of an indictment charging him with firing a revolver through the front window at Club Ultra on Third Street in Niagara Falls on May 31, 2009.


Falls man gets two years in rape of 15-year-old girl

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man will be sentenced to two years in state prison for statutory rape, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said Monday as she accepted a guilty plea.

Shawn M. Blount, 21, of Willow Avenue, admitted to third-degree rape for having sex with a 15-year-old girl.


Welland man gets caught in strong undertow, drowns

A late-night swim in Lake Erie turned tragic after a Welland man was swept away by strong waves and drowned early Monday morning.

Niagara Regional Police said Andrew Mooney, 21, was found dead on the shores of Augustine Beach at about 5:30 a.m. Mooney was swimming with five friends before all six were swept into deep water by rough waves caused by strong winds, and a strong undertow. Mooney was unable to swim back to shore, police said.

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