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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Numerous charges follow domestic violence case

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Falls Street man faces a number of charges in connection with a domestic violence assault at his home Monday.

Daniel S. Brinson, 22, was arrested on a warrant Tuesday and charged with third-degree assault, obstructing breathing, third-degree menacing, unlawful imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a child and harassment.

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Vendor at City Hall killed in Jeep crash

NIAGARA FALLS -- The man who sold hot dogs in front of City Hall died after a crash in the 1500 block of Walnut Avenue on Monday night.

But police say Melvin Johnson, 48, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, may have had a heart attack before he crashed.

Johnson was an asthmatic and had left for the hospital because he was not feeling well just after 11 p.m. Monday, said Traffic Capt. Salvatore Pino.

Johnson was not believed to be speeding when his Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into a parked pickup truck, but he hit with enough force to send the pickup into a parked van, Pino said. He said Johnson never tried to stop and may have been unconscious before the crash.

Johnson's 13-year-old daughter was in the Jeep with him and was released after treatment for minor injuries in Women & Children's Hospital.

Fire and rescue personnel attempted to revive Johnson at the scene but were unsuccessful.

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Wilson man arraigned in stabbing, standoff

WILSON -- A Dorwood Park man accused of stabbing his neighbor in the stomach with a kitchen knife and holding Niagara County sheriff's deputies at bay in a standoff for nearly seven hours Monday night was arraigned Tuesday in Wilson Town Court.

Gerald J. Stauder, 67, of Maple Street, was sent to Niagara County Jail without entering a plea to charges of second-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $100,000 by Town Justice Robert Botzer. A felony hearing will be held Monday.

Stauder allegedly stabbed Dwayne S. Klumpp, 49, also of Maple Street, once in the stomach with a kitchen knife when Klumpp stepped in to break up an argument between Stauder and another neighbor over barking dogs. Klumpp was taken to Erie County Medical Center for surgery Monday night and was discharged Wednesday. Stauder, who was injured when police forced their way into his trailer, was treated at ECMC.

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Couple robbed at gunpoint outside Falls apartment

NIAGARA FALLS -- A couple was robbed at gunpoint just before midnight Wednesday outside an apartment in the 3300 block of Ninth Street.

The man said they came outside of the woman's apartment and were confronted by three unknown men wearing black bandannas over their faces. He said one man pointed a black handgun at him. He said when he tried to slap the gun away, the man pistol-whipped him behind his ear. The woman also tried to force the gun away from her and was pistol-whipped as well. The man with the gun then removed a cellphone from the man's pocket and the three fled.

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Gang assaults man outside gas station

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 47-year-old man was a victim of a gang assault just after 1:30 a.m Tuesday in the 1900 block of Ferry Avenue.

The victim told police that four to eight unknown men jumped him outside of the Valero gas station, punching and kicking him several times before fleeing on their bicycles. He said he had no idea what prompted the attack. Nothing was reported stolen.

Police said the victim had a cut on his chin and puncture wound in his lower left back which may have been caused by a knife.

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Two sentenced to jail in separate cases

LOCKPORT -- Two Niagara Falls residents were sentenced to stints in the Niagara County Jail in separate Niagara County Court cases Wednesday.

Willie J. Maye, 35, of LaSalle Avenue, was sentenced by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to a year behind bars for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Maye had more than four ounces of cocaine when he was arrested by Falls police following a traffic stop Aug. 4, 2010.

Tweilie M. Tabb, 32, of LaSalle Avenue, drew nine months in jail from Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Tabb violated the terms of her probation on a 2009 conviction for felony DWI.

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Stopped school bus struck from behind

CAMBRIA -- A Starpoint Central School District bus that was stopped to let a student off was rear-ended just before 2:45 p.m. Wednesday on Junction Road near Upper Mountain Road.

None of the 14 high school and middle school students on board was hurt. The driver of the other vehicle, Seth Black, 21, of Pennsylvania, suffered minor injuries and was ticketed for following too closely.

Jonathan Andrews, Starpoint's director of administrative services, said that he and the high school and middle school principals were on the scene to make sure all the students were assessed and said no one complained of any injuries. He said the students were put on another bus and taken home.