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Middleport man injured in tractor-trailer crash

SHELBY -- A Middleport man remains in critical condition in Erie County Medical Center after his sport utility vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer at 8:24 a.m. Wednesday on an icy Route 31.

Lynn Brady, 50, of Telegraph Road, was traveling east near Hoffman Road and lost control, with his SUV sliding into the westbound lane, catching the rear tire of the tractor-trailer. The driver of the rig, Charles Ellington, 42, of Rochester, was not injured. Emergency crews worked for about 40 minutes to free Brady after the crash.


Fit-of-jealousy attack lands ex-suitor in prison

LOCKPORT -- A Wheatfield man who stabbed his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend in the upper torso was sentenced to one to three years in prison Thursday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Anthony E. Parmer Jr., 28, of Oppenheim Court, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault in the Dec. 16, 2009, confrontation with Leaorn Burch on the front porch of a home on LaSalle Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Parmer had a child with the woman who dropped him in favor of Burch. After an argument, Parmer went back to his car, returned with a knife and stabbed Burch.


DWI suspect clobbers hydrant in traffic stop

NIAGARA FALLS -- State police charged a Mackenna Drive woman with driving while intoxicated after she hit a fire hydrant Wednesday night.

The collision occurred as Ashlee N. Clause, 23, was being pulled over at 10:53 p.m. in the 8400 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, police said.


Man, 28, forced into car, attacked and run over

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 98th Street man was forced into a car and beaten, then dragged and run over at 11 p.m. Wednesday in the 9800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls police said.

The 28-year-old victim, in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, suffered abrasions and a deep cut to the back of his head, police said. The victim said the attack occurred as he walked down the street.


Suspect in copper theft arraigned on four charges

LOCKPORT -- A man allegedly caught by police Sept. 10 in the former St. Mary's Manor nursing home in Niagara Falls was arraigned on a four-count indictment Thursday in State Supreme Court.

Kevin L. Randall, 49, of Seventh Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, petit larceny and possession of burglary tools.

Police said they found Randall on the third floor of the Sixth Street building with a hacksaw and a pile of cut-up copper pipe.

Assistant District Attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said Randall has six aliases, 32 arrests and 14 convictions.

Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. released him on his own recognizance after Randall promised not to miss any future court dates.


Plea talks under way in twin riddle murder case

LOCKPORT -- Attorneys have begun discussing whether the case against Edward E. Nickens, the defendant in Niagara Falls' "identical twin" murder, can be settled with a plea.

"We have had some preliminary discussions about a potential plea. We do not have a resolution," Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on Thursday.

Defense attorney Frank LoTempio III said he has not received a formal plea offer. He said he is prepared to take the case to trial April 18.

"[The killer] was not him, and he wasn't there, and we intend to offer alibi witnesses," LoTempio said.

Nickens, 32, of Michigan Avenue, is charged with the May 16 shooting death of Joshua Hayes, 23, of Whitney Avenue, in front of Nickens' house.

For months, police and prosecutors were unsure whether to charge Edward Nickens or his twin brother, Raymond C. Nickens. Edward was arrested Oct. 19, with police concluding Raymond wasn't present for the shooting.

Last month, Sperrazza openly questioned the strength of the prosecution's case, but she eventually ruled the grand jury testimony was sufficient to support the charges against Edward Nickens.


Falls residents arraigned on charges in DWI arrests

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls driver who was arrested in a Jan. 30 Town of Niagara traffic stop pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Marcus P. London, 39, of 71st Street, is charged with driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, violating the terms of a conditional license and having a suspended registration and inadequate lights.

In another DWI arraignment Thursday, Yeghia E. Meymarian, 42, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, denied charges of felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, false personation and two counts of running red lights. He was arrested Feb. 2 in Niagara Falls.