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Woman driving with son faces felony DWI charge

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- A Lewiston woman was charged with felony driving while intoxicated under Leandra's Law and endangering the welfare of a child when she was stopped with her 14-year-old son in the passenger seat of her vehicle on Lockport Road on Sunday night.

Pamela Ormsby, 45, of Elm Street, was stopped for failing to have a front license plate just before 7 p.m., Niagara County sheriff's deputies reported. Ormsby said the plate had been missing since February.

Deputies said Ormsby had a positive reading on an alcohol-sensor test and failed several field sobriety tests. She refused a breath test.

Ormsby said she and her son had been returning from a birthday party.


Shooting at Falls bar sends three to hospital

NIAGARA FALLS -- Several people were shot inside a Main Street bar on Sunday, and a number of reports of gunfire were reported throughout the weekend.

City police and Niagara County sheriff's deputies said they responded and dispersed a number of aggressive and combative groups in the area around the Whiskey River Bar just before 3 a.m.; inside the bar, police found blood and shell casings in a men's bathroom stall.

One man with unknown injuries was taken by a private vehicle to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, and another with injuries to his left shoulder and arm, which were not considered life-threatening, was taken by ambulance. A woman at the scene told police she was at the front of the bar when she heard 10 to 15 shots. She said she was shot in the foot and was taken by a private vehicle to the emergency room.

A witness said he saw a tall, thin white man, wearing a red Philadelphia Phillies' hat and carrying a handgun, get out of a green 2000 Buick Regal.

Another shooting was reported Friday at Sixth Street and Walnut Avenue. Police are looking for two vehicles and at least three men who may have been involved in the shooting. Neighbors reported seeing a passenger lean from a gray Buick and fire several shots at another car, then drive off.


Falls man pleads guilty in weapon-possession case

LOCKPORT -- Robert L. Sanders, 26, of Weston Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to a weapons felony Monday in Niagara County Court.

Sanders admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon: a switchblade that police found on him in Niagara Falls on April 28, 2010.

The plea bargain also covers Sanders' arrest on crack cocaine possession charges March 11, 2010, which were included in the indictment.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza will sentence Sanders on Oct. 31. In the meantime, she reduced his bail from $10,000 to $2,000.


Suspect denies guilt in $400 Falls robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to an indictment charging him with a gunpoint robbery on a Niagara Falls street corner June 9.

Jacob E. Ware III, 40, of 24th Street, is charged with first- and second-degree robbery, fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree menacing. A co-defendant, James J. Arroyo, 22, of 16th Street, is to be arraigned on the same charges later this week, Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said.

The holdup at 17th Street and Niagara Avenue cost the victim $400. Scalzo said Ware was allegedly armed with a handgun.

Ware, who has four prior felony convictions, two of them robbery-related, was held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Scalzo said he is waiting for DNA-testing results that might tie Ware to a burglary last October in a home on 20th Street. A cigarette butt was found in the toilet by the homeowner, a nonsmoker.


Homeowner says two men attacked him with hammer

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man said he was awakened in his Falls Street home Sunday by two masked men who broke in and began punching him, then struck him in the face several times with a hammer.

The attack happened at 5 p.m. in the 2500 block of Falls Street, police said, and they interviewed the man in the emergency room.

The 31-year-old victim told police that both men were wearing black bandannas over their face and black gloves. He said he was awakened when one of the men punched him. He told officers the other man hit him several times with a hammer that had been in his room.

Nothing was reportedly stolen. A front door was damaged. Both men fled after the attack, police said.


Ex-security guard accused of stealing from employer

LEROY -- The former security guard at a LeRoy business faces a grand larceny charge after he allegedly stole materials valued at more than $3,000, Genesee County sheriff's officials reported.

Tony R. Smith, 52, of Rochester, was arraigned on the charge Monday afternoon in Town Court.

Deputies said Smith allegedly stole materials from PCORE Electric at 135 Gilbert St. sometime between May and July while he worked there as a security guard.