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>Stabbing during card game is first homicide in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man stabbed during a confrontation at a card game late Tuesday died early Wednesday from his injuries, and the 25-year-old city man charged in the slaying claims he acted in self-defense.

The homicide is the first of the year in Niagara Falls, as well as the first in Niagara County.

Donald Tyree Nix, 26, of 1922 Falls St., was stabbed several times in the chest about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, after a fight broke out in a third-floor apartment at 1310 Ashland Ave., police said.

The suspect, Wilbert Hayes III, of Pierce Avenue, said in court papers he was defending himself -- that Nix pulled out a pocket knife and he was able to grab it away from him.

Hayes told detectives he and Nix have been friends for 10 years and "never fought the entire time."

Nix was taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and later transferred to Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, where he died at about 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Hayes was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter. He is being held in Niagara County Jail without bail and is scheduled to reappear in City Court on Friday.


>Man, 31, pleads guilty to carjacking, holdups

A former North Tonawanda man who went on a crime spree last summer that included a carjacking and two bank robberies has pleaded guilty to felony charges in a federal court in Las Vegas.

Gregory A. Young, 31, admitted to bank robberies in Niagara Falls and Las Vegas, and a carjacking in the Town of Tonawanda. On Aug. 27, Young robbed the Citizens Bank on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls of $1,674, after handing a threatening note to a bank employee. On Sept. 1, he pointed a gun at a woman's face and stole her 2008 Ford Focus at a gas station on Sheridan Drive and Parker Boulevard.

Then, after driving the car to Las Vegas, Young robbed $1,010 from a Chase bank. Young was arrested Sept. 14.

Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to the three charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito Jr. said. He faces at least 57 months in prison when sentenced in Las Vegas on June 15.


>Marijuana seeds confiscated from first-grader in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police on Tuesday confiscated an unusual show-and-tell item from a first-grader -- a bag of marijuana seeds.

The boy, a student at Harry F. Abate Elementary, was seen showing the bag to several students in his class just before 1:30 p.m., Principal Rocco Merino told police. The bag, found by school staffers in the boy's coat pocket, was turned over to police.

Police indicated the boy's foster caregiver was unaware how the boy obtained the seeds by suspected an older brother.


>Buffalo State College probes alleged frat attack

Buffalo State College is investigating allegations that a student was beaten by a group of fraternity members.

The off-campus incident happened at about 3 a.m. Sunday in the neighborhood of Forest Avenue and Baynes Street.

The 19-year-old victim -- who required four stitches after suffering an injury to his left eye -- allegedly was chased and assaulted by 15 members of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, according to Buffalo police.

"My office, Greek Affairs and Student Judicial Affairs are investigating this incident," said Charles Kenyon, Buffalo State's dean of students. "Students involved have been asked to provide written statements that will serve as the basis for a disciplinary review by the appropriate hearing boards."


>Man arrested in attack on girlfriend, theft

A Buffalo man who allegedly attacked his girlfriend and stole her public benefits card was caught by transit police as he was trying to buy a bus ticket to Philadelphia earlier this week.

Bryheem K. Edwards, 20, of the first block of Countess Avenue, kicked down the door to enter the woman's home in the 800 block of Michigan Avenue at about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and began choking Tyheisha T. Simmons before stealing her card and fleeing, police said.

Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Officer Thomas Dewey said he spotted Edwards about 15 minutes later at the bus terminal downtown.

When Dewey approached Edwards at the bus station, he allegedly fled and was caught at Ellicott and North Division streets. Edwards was charged with assault, grand larceny, burglary, possession of stolen property, aggravated criminal contempt for violating a court order of protection, harassment, criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child.


>Fraud alert issued on paid research survey

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office has issued a fraud alert for a letter purported to be from -- inviting participation in a paid consumer research survey at a salary of $300 a week.

The Sheriff's Office said that in an elaborately designed ruse, victims send them cash via Western Union. Those receiving such letters should contact the Sheriff's Office.

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