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Operator of electric bike accused of being impaired

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A St. Catharines woman is facing driving while impaired charges after she fell off her electric bicycle at Linwell Road and Geneva Street about 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Niagara Regional Police report.

Police said Darlene Hill, 50, had taken prescription medication and had 2 1/2 times the legal limit of alcohol in her blood. She was treated for minor injuries by paramedics at the scene and was issued an appearance ticket.


Pavilion man, 57, killed when Jeep hits pole, rolls

PAVILION -- A Pavilion man died in a one-vehicle rollover accident on Linwood Road early Saturday evening.

Genesee County sheriff's deputies were called at 6:23 p.m. Upon arrival, they found Lavern L. Williams, 57, still in his Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Williams was extricated by emergency responders and transported by ambulance to United Memorial Medical Center, Batavia, where he was pronounced dead.

The initial investigation determined that Williams was driving south on Linwood when he left the west shoulder of the highway and struck a utility pole, police said.

He then struck a pile of brush, causing the Jeep to roll over, according to investigators.


Man drowns in lake at Ontario trailer park

PORT COLBORNE, Ont. -- A Mississauga man drowned Saturday night at a trailer park here, Niagara Regional Police report.

The 21-year-old was with a group of friends when he jumped into an inland lake about 9 p.m. from a height of at least 15 feet, police reported.

After entering the water, the man surfaced and was in communication with his friends. He then dove underneath the surface of the water and did not reappear, police said.

Companions at the resort could not locate the man. His body was recovered at 12:40 a.m. Sunday by the police Underwater Search and Recovery Unit.

The man was not identified by police and the investigation is ongoing.

Alcohol was not immediately believed to be a factor in the drowning, authorities said.


Driver who hit street sign arrested after driving to bar

FORESTVILLE -- An alleged drunken driver struck a street sign, then continued to drive his damaged vehicle to a bar in Forestville where he was later arrested, authorities said.

Justin A. Matthies, 25, of Forestville, drove off the road into the sign on Dennison Road, Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies said.

Witnesses relayed a description of the vehicle and its damage to deputies, who later saw a vehicle matching the description pulling into the Tavern on the Mall.

A deputy followed Matthies and his passenger, Derek B. Smith, 25, of Forestville, into the bar and asked them to step outside to be interviewed.

While arresting Matthies, a struggle ensued and the deputy suffered minor injuries, authorities said. Smith, who allegedly aided Matthies in the struggle, also was arrested.

Following the arrests, Matthies refused a chemical test to determine his blood-alcohol content and was charged with DWI, second-degree obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and other traffic infractions.

Smith was charged with second-degree obstructing governmental administration.


Swimmer who broke away from group found to be safe

PORTER -- Police launched a land, sea and air search for a missing swimmer Sunday morning before she was spotted, safely negotiating the waters of Lake Ontario. She was able to return to shore safely and without assistance.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies were called to the lake shore at the foot of Dietz Road around 9:50 a.m. by members of the Buffalo Triathlon Club, who were conducting a group training in the area.

A dozen members had gone into the water for a swim, but choppy conditions prevented them from keeping visual track of each other, deputies said.

A 58-year-old Fredonia woman was participating in the swim and hadn't been seen for nearly an hour, prompting emergency crews to begin a widespread search.

She was finally spotted around 11 a.m., safe and still swimming, and the emergency responders returned to service.


5-pound bag of sugar used as weapon against bicyclist

An unidentified man was assaulted with a 5-pound bag of sugar while riding his bike home early Sunday morning.

The victim, who was riding south about 1 a.m. on West Avenue toward Carolina Street, told police he was approached by two unknown black males in a white Cadillac.

Buffalo police said the men then got out of the car and began assaulting the victim with the bag of Price Rite sugar by throwing it at his back. The victim suffered minor injuries.

The suspects' vehicle had a New York license plate, FGM 5604, police said.

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