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Attica ends lockdown, warning inmates to behave

ATTICA -- The nearly weeklong lockdown at the Attica Correctional Facility was lifted Wednesday.

The maximum security prison's 2,150 inmates were let out of their cells for the breakfast mess hall run, said Peter Cutler, a state Department of Corrections spokesman.

The lockdown began Friday morning because of fights between inmates Wednesday and Thursday. Two fights broke out in the same prison yard Wednesday night, and the apparent causes were gang-related. A fight between black and Hispanic inmates Thursday night in the prison's A yard may have been racially motivated.

A search of one of the prison blocks afterward yielded some 70 handmade weapons.

"The inmates who assault others can be assured that they will face swift and appropriate disciplinary sanctions and, where applicable, criminal charges as well," said Cutler, a former top aide to Buffalo Mayor Byron W. Brown.

An investigation into the incidents is continuing.


Man charged after chase, gunfire and standoff

WELLSVILLE -- A 38-year-old Steuben County man was charged with attempted murder and accused of shooting at two state troopers during a chase on a rural upstate road.

Richard Vangorden, of Addison, and a woman who was with him during Tuesday's early morning chase in Steuben County were found about noon in a mobile home in Wellsville in neighboring Allegany County.

Vangorden fired a long gun at the troopers who tried to pull over the pickup truck he was driving in the town of Hornellsville about 3 a.m. Tuesday, authorities said. The troopers weren't hurt.

After a three-hour standoff at the mobile home, troopers filled the trailer with tear gas, state police said. Addison and the woman then jumped out a back window of the home and were apprehended.

Vangorden is being held in Steuben County Jail. The woman, whom troopers did not name, was being held for observation at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville.


Woman dies after minivan rolls over on highway

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- A Welland woman was killed Tuesday when her vehicle rolled over and crashed on northbound Highway 406 at St. David's Road, Ont., Provincial Police said Wednesday.

Dubravka Habjan, 58, was ejected from her Dodge Caravan about 2 p.m. Tuesday when she lost control of the vehicle and rolled over several times into the center median.


Woman is rescued after jumping into Niagara River

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A 19-year-old Scarborough, Ont., woman who authorities say was trying to commit suicide by way of the Horseshoe Falls was rescued Wednesday afternoon, Niagara Parks Police reported.

The woman, whose name was withheld, was being treated for back injuries after a nearly 20-foot fall into the Niagara River at the Canadian Niagara Power Plant, 7005 Niagara River Parkway.

Authorities responded to a 4:25 p.m. call for a woman who had fallen into the river and found her sitting in just over 2 feet of water near the power plant's tailrace, about a fifth of a mile upriver from the brink of the Horseshoe Falls.

She was found resting near a large stone retaining wall, police said.

Firefighters descended to water level and pulled her to safety.

A mental health evaluation was to be performed.


Teen charged with sale of drugs near Pioneer High

YORKSHIRE A 15-year-old was arrested last week at Pioneer High School on charges of selling illegal drugs near the school grounds, according to Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies.

Officers said the teen was charged last Thursday with fifth-degree criminal possession and sale of a controlled substance after he gave clonazapem, an anti-anxiety medication, to four other students at the school. He had eight more pills in his possession.

The teen, who was not identified because of his age, will answer the charges in Family Court.

A 17-year-old Machias youth also was charged at the school with illegal possession of three of the pills.

That teen is scheduled to appear in Town Court on Oct. 14.


Indiana man pleads guilty to robbery, burglary charges

LITTLE VALLEY -- An Indiana man being held in the Cattaraugus County Jail will be sentenced Dec. 5 for his role in the holdup of a pizza deliveryman March 8 in the Town of Allegany.

Travis M. Satterfield, 19, pleaded guilty Monday in County Court to charges of first-degree attempted robbery. He and others displayed a gun as they robbed the deliveryman of $28 after luring him to a home on Smith Hollow Road.

Satterfield also pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary involving a break-in March 2 at a house on McDuffey Road in Olean.

Items valued at more than $1,000 were stolen.