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Lawman seriously injured by inmate is identified

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County sheriff's correctional officer who was seriously injured by an inmate was identified Monday.

Corrections Officer Mark A. Crawley, 45, was injured in a struggle trying to take away contraband tobacco from an inmate Friday. Crawley was pushed over a desk, causing him to break his back on a chair. Crawley was diagnosed with a broken vertebra following X-rays Saturday in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo.

Sheriff James Voutour told The Buffalo News on Sunday that the injury would not result in paralysis, but in months of recovery and what he described as injuries that could be "career-ending."

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Plea of not guilty made to burglary charges

LOCKPORT -- Dashun Barnes, 31, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Monday to charges that he burglarized a 20th Street home in that city June 9.

Barnes was held on $20,000 bail on charges of second-degree burglary, petit larceny and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said the victim's relatives and neighborhood children on bicycles chased Barnes back to his apartment after seeing him emerge from the residence. Stolen were a jar of change, a carton of cigarettes and jewelry.

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Man held on $20,000 bail in screwdriver stabbing

LOCKPORT -- A Cottage Street man is held on $20,000 bail after he was charged with using a screwdriver to stab his neighbor seven times last week.

Roger W. Gardner, 26, turned himself in to Lockport police Wednesday. A felony hearing on charges of second-degree assault and second-degree burglary will be held in City Court on Wednesday.

The victim told police that Gardner and another man came into his house while he was sleeping Aug. 21 and demanded "his stuff." The victim said they argued and he was stabbed seven times. He was treated in Eastern Niagara Hospital and released.

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Youth hiding in car robs woman at gunpoint

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 35-year-old woman said she was robbed at gunpoint by a youth hiding in the front seat of her car at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of LaSalle Avenue.

She said the youth told her to drive, then made her drive around the city, continuously pointing the gun at her. She said he stopped her at Whirlpool Street and demanded her purse, which contained a wallet and cellphone.

He then got into a black car and fled, she told police. He was described as a black male, 16 to 17 years old, wearing a dark hooded sweat shirt and sneakers with no laces. She said he also had a black doo-rag covering his face.

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Guns, jewelry, electronics taken in home burglary

NIAGARA FALLS -- More than $6,800 worth of guns, jewelry and electronics were reported stolen Sunday night from an apartment in the 1000 block of 19th Street.

The victim told police he returned from a camping trip at 6 p.m. Sunday and found that the air conditioner had been pushed out of the window and was left lying in the living room.

He said stolen items included 12 long guns in cases that were under a blanket on a bed in the back bedroom, two long guns in master bedroom, a blanket, a jewelry box with his daughter's jewelry, DVDs and a DVD player.

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Man, woman surrender in shooting of dog

PENDLETON -- A Bear Ridge Road man and woman surrendered to police Monday following a report that the man shot a neighbor's dog and threatened to shoot people.

The unidentified pair surrendered peacefully just after 4 p.m. Charges are pending.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office reported that a "hysterical" woman called at 3:30 p.m. because her next-door neighbor shot her dog. She accused her neighbor of firing 20 to 30 shots. She told deputies that the man also tried to shoot her.

Several police units were called to the scene, and the dog was taken by its owners to an emergency animal hospital with unknown injuries.

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Golf cart operator charged with DWI

BATAVIA -- A man who left Terry Hills Golf Course dressed as a brightly colored duffer Sunday evening was initially mistaken for a clown on a stolen golf cart when authorities caught up with him, Genesee County sheriff's officials reported Monday.

James R. Straub, 37, of Stoneham, Mass., was allegedly drunk behind the wheel of the motorized cart. Charged with driving while intoxicated and refusing to take a breath test, he was arraigned and taken to Genesee County Jail.

Deputies reported that they received a report of a stolen golf cart being driven by a person dressed as a clown at about 8:40 p.m. Sunday after the cart was seen heading west on Clinton Street Road from Terry Hills Golf Course. The cart and brightly attired driver were spotted by police a short time later.

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