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Falls man charged in rape of girl, 14

Niagara Falls detectives have charged a 21-year-old city resident with first-degree rape, accusing him of raping a 14-year-old girl last November while she was under the influence of synthetic marijuana.

Zachary Lowman, of 87th Street, also was charged with endangering the welfare of a child when he was arrested by Detectives Patricia McCune and Daniel Dobrasz.

The victim told detectives that Lowman invited her back to his house, where they smoked a K2 synthetic marijuana cigarette. That left her numb, shaking, unable to speak and with no control over her body, she said. After passing out, she woke up and realized she was being sexually assaulted, she told police.

When he was arrested Thursday, Lowman admitted that he smoked K2 with the victim, but claimed the two had consensual sex and said he believed she was 18, according to police reports.

Lowman was sent to the Niagara County Jail without bail, following his arraignment in Niagara Falls City Court on Friday.


Accusation of crack pipe in bra leads to new charge

LITTLE VALLEY -- Cattaraugus County sheriff's deputies have arrested a County Jail inmate on a new charge after accusing her of having a crack pipe in her bra during her stay in the jail.

Jennifer L. Heitzinger, 30, of West State Street, Olean, was charged with promoting prison contraband.

Heitzinger, already jailed on a parole violation, was sent back to jail following her arraignment in Town Court.


Traffic stops result in arrest of two

Erie County sheriff's deputies, in two unrelated traffic stops overnight Saturday, arrested one driver who has had nine learner's-permit suspensions and another driver accused of driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent.

The first traffic stop occurred at about 11:10 p.m. Friday, when Deputies Dan Harris and Mike Okal charged Harrison T. Davis, 33, of Buffalo, with aggravated unlicensed operation and marijuana possession after stopping his vehicle on the Kensington Expressway.

Deputies said Davis had no driver's license, only a learner's permit with nine suspensions on seven different dates.

At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday in Springville, Deputy Don Hoelscher pulled over a vehicle that had failed to stop at the stop sign at Park Street and Cochran Avenue. Christopher L. Thompson, 27, of East Otto, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, for the 0.21 percent BAC level, and felony DWI because of a previous conviction in 2008, sheriff's officials said.


Man admits breaking into officer's home

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man has pleaded guilty in connection with two burglaries at the home of a Cataract City police officer whose guns were stolen.

Rahseen T. Ubiles, 19, of Jordan Gardens, Friday admitted to second-degree burglary. State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. promised to give Ubiles no more than five years in prison and five years of post-release supervision when he returns to court June 8.

The sentence also will include restitution of $3,625, less whatever insurance payments were made to the victims, Assistant District Attorney Joseph A. Scalzo said. Besides the break-ins at the officer's house on Sept. 26 and sometime in August, Ubiles was charged with entering two Jordan Gardens apartments between Aug. 3 and 5.

Co-defendant Daryl L. Ford, 20, of 34th Street, who reportedly acted as a lookout at the Sept. 26 burglary, rejected a plea offer last month even after Kloch offered to place him on probation if he revealed what became of the officer's stolen guns.


Cabbie asks for fare, gets punched in the face

A taxi driver stiffed for a $30.80 fare was punched in the face, before he chased the fleeing suspects down the street and had a knife pulled on him early Saturday, Northwest District police reported.

The driver, whose company was not identified on police reports, picked up two customers on Ora Wrighter Drive, in the city's Michigan-Swan area, and dropped them off at Grant and Bradley streets at about 5:30 a.m. When he asked for the fare, one of the young men punched him before the pair ran west on Bradley Street.