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Lockport man arraigned on double assault indictment

LOCKPORT – A Lockport man, charged with hitting a man with a baseball bat Feb. 7 and with stabbing a man Feb. 23, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Jason T. Clark, 39, of New York Street, is charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts each of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas ordered Clark held without bail in part because of his past criminal record, which included 15 years in prison for a 1993 shooting and attempted robbery of a man in the Lockport Mall parking lot, interspersed with several parole violations.

The bat assault allegedly occurred on Juniper Street in the City of Lockport and the stabbing in the parking lot of the Big Lots store on South Transit Road in the town of Lockport on the afternoon of Feb. 23, after an argument that started inside the store.

Clark was apprehended Feb. 25 at a house on Orleans Avenue in Niagara Falls. Brittany Blenker, 23, of Main Street in the Falls, allegedly charged the arresting officers and grabbed a detective’s gun, which fired. The bullet grazed the thigh of another woman nearby. Blenker was charged with first-degree assault and other counts.