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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Falls man arraigned in October stabbing

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was arraigned in Niagara County Court on Friday on two counts of second-degree assault stemming from an Oct. 22 stabbing.

Leonard F. Janis III, 44, of 72nd Street, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held on $2,500 bail.

Janis allegedly knifed another man in the neck in an argument over cat food, police reported at the time. The incident occurred in the 600 block of 72nd Street.

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2 Grand Island men accused of robbery, assault with ax

Two 22-year-old Grand Island men have been apprehended for a violent robbery involving an ax attack earlier this week in Black Rock, according to Northwest District police.

Justin D. McClendon of the 2000 block of Whitehaven Road and Fred C. Korhummel of the 1600 block of Whitehaven allegedly entered Neft Connor's upstairs apartment on the 100 block of Eckhert Street at about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

During the robbery, the men beat Connor with the ax, causing bruises and cuts that required stitches, while a second individual, Sonael Connor, was beaten with a flashlight, according to Officers Eric Hofschneider and Christopher Mordino.

McClendon and Korhummel have been charged with assault, robbery, burglary and petit larceny. Two other accomplices, police said, have not yet been caught. Taken in the robbery were electronic game equipment and a cellphone.

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Falls, Ont., driver critical after colliding with Jeep

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, Ont. -- A 60-year-old Niagara Falls, Ont., woman was in critical condition Friday after her car collided with a Jeep Thursday evening, Niagara Regional Police Service officials said.

The Niagara Falls woman, whose name was not released, was driving a 2009 Toyota westbound on Niagara Stone Road shortly before 7:30 p.m. when her car was struck by a 2009 Jeep northbound on Airport Road.

She was taken to St. Catharines General Hospital and then transfered to Hamilton General Hospital.

The driver of the Jeep, identified as Ann Saccary, 42, of Hamilton, sustained minor injuries and was treated at St. Catharines General Hospital. She was charged with impaired driving and speeding leading to injuries.

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Man who sold cocaine gets 5 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A Rochester man who sold cocaine in the City of Lockport last year was placed on five years' probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Laquan R. Ball, 21, had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for the Hawley Street drug deal with a police informant July 6, 2010.

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Body of male found in Sears Street lot

The body of a male in his late teens was discovered in a vacant lot on the first block of Sears Street on Friday afternoon in the Ferry-Fillmore District, but it is unknown if foul play was involved, police said.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene after a passerby spotted the remains, according to police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge. An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Police have asked that anyone with information call the confidential tip line at 847-2255 or text a tip at 847-2255.

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Toddler hurt during fight between two juvenile boys

A bizarre dispute between a pair of juvenile relatives ended up injuring a 14-month-old girl Wednesday night on Fillmore Avenue, according to Buffalo Police reports.

The incident occurred at about 9 p.m. in the 1200 block of Fillmore, when one of the boys was fighting with another boy and punched him in the head and body before pouring hot sauce and fingernail polish on his shirt, according to police reports.

That boy then heated a nickel on the stove in the residence and threw it on the leg of his relative, police reports said. The victim's leg was burned and his reaction from the hot coin forced it up in the air.

The coin came to rest on the back of the young girl who suffered a welt.

Ferry-Fillmore District police were investigating.

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Girl struck by car undergoes third surgery

A 15-year-old Bennett High School student was scheduled to undergo a third surgery Monday at Women & Children's Hospital for injuries she suffered Thursday when hit by a car on her way to school, her mother said.

Adaeze Walker, a Bennett freshman, was crossing Bailey Avenue at the intersection of Andover Avenue to catch a bus at 7:10 a.m. when a vehicle driven by Charles Butera, 28, of Lancaster, hit the teenager, Northeast District police said.

"My daughter's pelvis, right leg and left hand were broken and her orbit bone under her right eye was broken," said Nedra Mattox, her mother. "The driver said he didn't see her and police are investigating."

Adaeze, the mother added, already underwent surgery to place a rod in her right leg and a plate in her left hand. The teenager's condition was listed as stable.