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Search warrant leads to arrest of 5 in Medina

MEDINA -- Five West Avenue residents were ordered held in the Orleans County Jail after Medina police and the Orleans County Multi-Agency Task Force raided a West Avenue address Tuesday. The arrests followed a two-month investigation.

Shawn R. Wisniewski, 22, was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail on three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawfully dealing with a child. He also is wanted on three outstanding warrants, officials said.

Kayleen S. Wisniewski, 18, was being held on $5,000 bail on charges of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. Carol S. Wisniewski, 48, was being held on $5,000 bail on a charge of fourth-degree conspiracy.

Richard H. Wisniewski, 66, was being held on $2,000 bail on two counts of conspiracy. Rebecca L. Bischoff, 24, was being held on $1,000 bail on three counts of unlawfully dealing with a child.

All are scheduled to return Thursday to Shelby Town Court. Police said further charges are pending.

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Felony rape charged in assault of woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man is facing felony rape charges after a woman was assaulted on Ninth Street Sunday, police report.

Terrell L. Hubert, 21, of Wyoming Avenue, was charged Monday with first-degree rape, third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sex act, all felonies. He was arraigned in City Court Tuesday and ordered held in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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One man shot, one grazed by gunfire in the Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man was shot in the arm, and another man was grazed by a bullet in an attack involving several youths just after midnight Tuesday in the 1500 block of Pierce Avenue, city police reported.

A 43-year-old victim complained of an injury to the upper wrist and right forearm. A witness said two youths came out of houses on Pierce Avenue and started shooting at the two men as they walked by.

A second victim, 29, was grazed by a bullet and told police the shooting involved three "kids" who were harassing him over something that happened a long time ago. They were taken by ambulance to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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DNA sample ordered from homicide suspect

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man accused of killing a Niagara University student Dec. 8 was ordered Tuesday to give a DNA sample to see if he can be tied to two unsolved crimes.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas granted the prosecution's request for a swab from the inside of the cheek of Gordon N. Jackson, 17.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said it will be compared to DNA taken from the gun allegedly used in the homicide and compared to evidence from two other crimes, which neither she nor defense attorney E. Earl Key would discuss.

Key said the DNA match from the state database on the unsolved crimes is "one of the weakest you can have," and asked Farkas to bar the prosecution from using the new sample for "a fishing expedition." However, the judge sided with Hoffmann.

Jackson, the alleged shooter, and accused accomplice Cordero R. Gibson, 23, are awaiting trial June 11 in the slaying of Brandon Johnson, 20, of Rochester, in the victim's University Court apartment.

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Baseball bat attack, pepper spray injure three

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three women were injured in an attack with baseball bats and pepper spray Monday evening in a Wilson Farms parking lot in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue, police reported.

One of the women told police that they were assaulted by a number of girls who got out of a green minivan that pulled up just before 6:30 p.m. as they were walking into the store.

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Probation violator sent to drug treatment facility

LOCKPORT -- A Stone Road woman was sentenced to the state prison system's secure drug treatment facility Tuesday for violating probation.

Duriel L. Logan, 34, had pleaded guilty last year to selling morphine and oxycodone to a police informant in the parking lot of the Lockport Walmart store Dec. 2, 2010. Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III placed her on probation, but she was unable to stay clean.

Logan will serve a year behind bars if she flops in the Willard Correctional Facility treatment program, which lasts about 90 days.

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Fire at Lockport business causes $170,000 damage

LOCKPORT -- City firefighters fought a blaze on Liberty Tire property on Ohio Street late Monday night, where flames also broke out in September and January.

Several city fire crews were called in just after 11 p.m. to fight the fire at Willow Creek Farms, a business on the Liberty Tire property that grinds wooden pallets to make horse bedding and wood fill for playgrounds. Damage was listed at $150,000 to machinery, including two front loaders which were destroyed, with additional damage listed at $20,000.