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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.


Driver with revoked license faces felony DWI charge

West Seneca police charged a Cheektowaga man with felony driving while intoxicated and another felony following a traffic stop late Friday.

A vehicle driven by Jason D. Marcucci, 36, was stopped after police said he went through a red light at Orchard Park and Potters roads at about 10:30 p.m.

Officer Matthew Kriegbaum charged Marcucci with felony DWI, because of previous convictions in 2008 and 2009, and felony aggravated unlicensed operation, because of a license revocation for an alcohol-related offense, police said. Marcucci also was ticketed for passing a red light and having an open container of alcohol.

He was sent to the Erie County Holding Center on $5,000 bail following his arraignment in West Seneca 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.

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, deputies said.


Woman is assaulted twice with vehicle, punches

A 26-year-old West Side woman was struck twice by the same vehicle, then punched and kicked after each incident on Friday night, Northwest District police reported Saturday.

The woman told police she left a Parkdale Avenue home at about 8:15 p.m. and was confronted by a woman whose name she knows. Minutes later, a silver Pontiac driven by a man went up onto the sidewalk on nearby Hoyt Street, striking her before he got out and punched and kicked her in the head, the woman said.

As she kept walking on Hoyt Street, between Grant Street and Richmond Avenue, she was assaulted two more times, once with the vehicle and again with punches and kicks.

The woman was treated at Sisters Hospital for possible facial fractures and other injuries, before being transferred to Erie County Medical Center. She was released from ECMC Saturday.


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.