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Albion teen killed, two hurt in early morning 1-car crash

ALBION -- An Albion teenager was killed and two others were injured in a one-car crash early Sunday on Culvert Road in the Town of Ridgeway, the Orleans County Sheriff's Office reported.

Terry James Moyer Jr., 17, was ejected from the rear seat of the 2004 Saturn sedan and later pronounced dead in Medina Memorial Hospital.

Deputies say alcohol and excessive speed appeared to be factors in the crash, and they plan to file charges against the driver, Joseph C. Pearl, 18.

The three young men, all from Albion, were traveling north on Culvert Road, where the road tunnels under the Erie Canal, at about 1 a.m. Deputies say Pearl apparently lost control of the car as they came out of the north side of the tunnel.

The car left the road and traveled a good distance before slamming driver's-side first into a tree and spinning around.

Pearl was taken to Medina Memorial and transferred by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester. The front-seat passenger, Randall P. Vanhouten, 18, was taken to the Medina hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.

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Jail officer's injury may be 'career-ending'

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County sheriff's correctional officer who broke a vertebra in a tussle with an inmate Friday was given a bad prognosis Saturday afternoon, Sheriff James Voutour said Sunday.

The officer, whose name won't be released until later today, was injured while trying to retrieve contraband tobacco from the inmate. The inmate pushed the officer over a desk and he broke his back on a chair.

Voutour said doctors "were talking months in terms of length" for treatment when the officer first arrived at Erie County Medical Center, but after an X-ray Saturday, they discovered the injury "could be career-ending."

"He's not paralyzed or anything, mentally he's 100 percent; he's just in a lot of pain," said Voutour, who has been friends with the officer since high school. "At this point they're just not sure how to treat it, hopefully they can figure it out [today]."

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Falls police seek man suspected in two assaults

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are investigating a pair of assaults attributed to the same man early Sunday.

A 45-year-old Calumet Avenue man told police he was slashed with a razor just after midnight at a house party on 22nd Street. Police said his fiancee also was assaulted by the same man later in the evening, although no details of that incident were available.

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Man accused of groping women at party is assaulted

HARTLAND -- Partygoers told police that a Depew man was beaten Saturday night after allegedly groping two women and assaulting a third at a house party on Ridge Road.

The homeowner told police he charged $10 admission for the party, attended by between 70 and 100 people, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies. No one at the scene knew the men who reportedly jumped the 38-year-old victim in retaliation for the incidents with the women.

The victim, whom police said was highly intoxicated, was taken to Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport for treatment of injuries.

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Felony DWI among charges faced by Lewiston man

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Lewiston man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated early Sunday and his passenger with disorderly conduct after police say he refused to stop drinking a beer and cooperate with their investigation of an accident.

According to reports, Steven A. Brayley, 46, of Chew Road, had run one red light before blowing through another at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Packard Road shortly before 3 a.m. As he passed the second red light, his car was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

A records check revealed that Brayley was driving without a license due to numerous revocations for various offenses, including a pair of DWI convictions, police said. That prompted the felony DWI charge, as well as a felony count of aggravated unlicensed operation.

Brayley also was charged with speeding, passing a red light and consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle on a highway. Kevin D. Sandy, 27, of Pierce Avenue, was arrested after police said he refused to cooperate with their investigation.

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Two stabbing victims say suspect broke into car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men were stabbed in the abdomen early Sunday by a man they had accused of breaking into vehicles outside a bar.

The two victims told police they saw the man break into a car just before 4 a.m. near the 1900 block of Welch Avenue and followed him to a nearby home. He came out with another man armed with a baton, as well as a large pit bull dog. An argument followed, during which a 33-year-old Falls Street man and a 27-year-old Niagara Street man each claimed to have been stabbed by the suspect.

Police charged Derrick L. Hall, 43, of Welch Avenue, with two counts of felony second-degree assault. Neither victim appeared to be seriously injured.