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Fire damages business on boardwalk in Olcott

OLCOTT -- A fire damaged a waterfront business in the 5900 block of Ontario Street shortly after 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Police said Theresa A. Schmitt, of Just Lookin' Antiques, was closing the shop when she saw flames, which spread quickly across the ceiling. Mark Dudkowski, of the nearby Boardwalk Grill & Seafood Bar, attempted to extinguish the blaze with a fire extinguisher and garden hose until the Olcott Volunteer Fire Deparment arrived. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


Man trying to force entry falls from roof, flees police

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane man who fell from a roof while trying to force his way into a woman's Jackson Street house Tuesday, then fled from police custody at the hospital

Anthony G. Workman Jr., 29, of Transit Road, was arraigned in City Court on Wednesday on felony charges of aggravated criminal contempt, second-degree assault and second-degree burglary, and also was charged with third-degree escape and endangering the welfare of a child. He was remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Police said the victim had an order of protection, and Workman showed up at her door just after noon Tuesday. Police said after the victim closed the door, she spotted him on her roof, trying to force his way in through a window. Police said the woman fought to keep Workman from entering the house, and he slid off the roof. Meanwhile, A 1-year-old child was near the open window.

Workman, who was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital, appeared to have self-inflicted stab wounds, police said.


Sex offender, 51, faces 5 years of probation

LOCKPORT -- A sex offender who failed to report his home address to police last summer was placed on five years' probation Wednesday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Kenneth W. Scott, 51, was arrested Aug. 23 by a sheriff's deputy who found him on Main Street in Newfane, although his registered address was on Hess Road in that town.

Scott said he intends to live in Lockport when he is released from his current one-year sentence on a misdemeanor drug charge.


Father, son arraigned in apartment robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport father and son were arraigned in State Supreme Court on Wednesday on charges that they robbed two men at the Tudor Lane apartments in Lockport on May 2.

Jesus M. Ubiles, 41, of Washburn Street, and Rahsaan D. Ubiles, 20, of Genesee Street, pleaded not guilty to an indictment charging them with first-degree robbery, three counts of second-degree robbery and single counts of second-degree assault and fourth-degree grand larceny. Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. set bail at $20,000 for Jesus Ubiles and $10,000 for his son.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said the victims, 26 and 23 years old, were robbed of their pants and personal belongings. The robbers were armed with a knife and a BB gun, and the older victim was struck over the eye with the gun, opening a four-stitch cut.

A woman police also charged in the case, Amber R. Solotes, 18, of Elmhurst Drive, Lockport, is facing charges in City Court and is not named in the indictment.


Investigation expanded in attempted abduction

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police said they are investigating the attempted abduction of a 15-year-old LaSalle-area girl by someone who who attempted to pull her into a car as she walked in the 200 block of 76th Street at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

City police Detective Patricia McCune said Wednesday that the teenager was rattled by the incident but not injured. A elderly couple in a powder-blue car witnessed the attempted abduction and police hope they will come forward.

Police said an older-model black car pulled up to the girl and two young men, ages 18 to 20, asked her to get in the car. She said she refused and kept walking, but then the driver opened the door and tried to force her into his car. She said that when the powder-blue car drove up behind them, the attackers got scared and she was able to escape.

The driver was described as a white male, 18 to 20, very thin, 6 feet tall, black mustache, short hair and wearing a black baseball cap, muscle shirt and jeans shorts. His passenger was described as the same age, 5-foot-10, 250 to 300 pounds, blond hair in a buzz cut, and wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact police detectives at 286-4557.


Cause of fatal fire still under investigation

The fire that killed a 47-year-old Buffalo man early Wednesday remains under investigation.

Calvin Lamont Richardson was pronounced dead in Erie County Medical Center shortly after firefighters pulled him from his burning apartment at 144 Northland Ave., Buffalo fire officials said. The fire broke out at 12:28 a.m. on the second floor of a rear garage apartment, officials said.

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