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>Resident suffers burns in $35,000 Falls house fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- A fire that broke out about midafternoon Saturday caused about $35,000 damage to a single-story frame home at 2820 Aaron Griffin Way, sending one resident to the hospital for treatment of a foot burn. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


>Man, 48, pleads guilty in July 3 assault on woman

LOCKPORT -- A man who had been accused of assaulting a woman July 3, despite the restraining order she had against him, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said she offered the second-degree criminal contempt plea to Phillip Cone because she was never able to get in touch with the victim to discuss her testimony despite four months of trying since Cone was arraigned on a felony indictment.

Cone, 48, of Elmhurst Drive, Lockport, was sentenced by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to time served. Cone had been in jail for 60 days before being bailed out. Sperrazza also imposed another order of protection and said if Cone violates it, he could end up serving seven years in prison.


>$3,000 order of food too tempting to be true

CAMBRIA -- Police said a woman ordering $3,000 worth of food from a Campbell Boulevard restaurant about noon Friday tried to use two stolen credit cards.

The woman placed an order for 255 grilled chicken sandwiches with the Hearth & Vine Restaurant. However, restaurant employees became suspicious and contacted the credit card companies. An investigation is under way.


>Man gets heel in the face during attack by woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 29-year-old man was assaulted and robbed outside a Third Street nightclub early Saturday by an ex-girlfriend, police said.

The victim was talking to several other women outside the Ultra Club about 3:30 a.m. when the attacker removed a stiletto-heeled shoe and struck him in the face, cutting him above and below his right eye. Police said the woman grabbed a gold necklace valued at $1,000 from the victim and fled, police added.


>Guilty plea entered in pair of shotgun blasts

LOCKPORT -- A City of Tonawanda man pleaded guilty Wednesday to firing two shotgun blasts through the floor of his former North Tonawanda apartment into the apartment below.

David J. Searight, 40, of Adam Street, admitted to two counts of second-degree reckless endangerment in connection with the April 25 Oliver Street incident. He is to be sentenced March 29.


>Flaming sneaker yields clue in Ely Avenue fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- An arsonist may have been responsible for a fire early Saturday that damaged a vacant Ely Avenue bar.

Police said a man driving to work about 6:30 a.m. spotted an object burning in the street outside the former Red Spot Bar & Grill, 3367 Ely, then noticed the entrance of the building engulfed in flames.

Fire investigators said a burning sneaker was found in the street outside the building, which received heavy damage. An investigation is continuing.


>Computer parts worth $1,400 take in break-in

NIAGARA FALLS -- The loss was placed at $1,400 in a break-in at a Porter Road home Friday police said.

Taken were computer parts and accessories, including mother boards, video cards and DVD burners. An inventory is being conducted; the home was entered through a bedroom window, police said.


>Family feud results in a severe thumb cut

NIAGARA FALLS -- A highly intoxicated 18th Street man is accused of slashing the thumb of the mother of his 30-year-old son early Saturday.

Timothy D. Wooten, 50, of 18th Street, was charged with two counts of second-degree assault.

The victim, a Pine Avenue woman, told police she went to Wooten's home to talk about their son, but a fight broke out as the two argued.

The cut required 13 stitches to close, police said.


>Damage put at $30,000 in auto repair shop fire

NIAGARA FALLS -- Fire of undetermined origin caused $30,000 to an auto repair shop Saturday at 1720 Pierce Ave.

Fire officials said the fire started in a work bay at the Righteous Auto shop about 5 p.m. No one was injured in the blaze, which tied up all the city's firefighting equipment. An investigation is under way.


>Middleport man faces prison for choking wife

LOCKPORT -- Paul S. Smith, 33, of Middleport could be sentenced to as long as five years in prison after admitting Wednesday that he choked his wife on Aug. 27. Smith, who pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court to assault, will be sentenced March 8.