Red Cross aiding seven routed by West Side fire
The Red Cross was called to assist two adults and five children with emergency shelter following a fire late Sunday in a home on Pennsylvania Street.
Firefighters were summoned to 47 Pennsylvania St. at 9:24 p.m. following a report of smoke coming from the second floor. The fire caused an estimated $45,000 in damage to the 2½-story building and its contents. Firefighters were able to prevent the spread of flames to an attached duplex. The fire started in a second-floor bedroom and was declared under control by 9:43 p.m. The cause remains under investigation.
One shot, two injured in melee outside bar
NIAGARA FALLS – One man was shot and two people were hit by a car early this morning after a dispute outside a Pine Avenue bar, city police said.
The argument began about 3 a.m., when about 100 people were leaving Mujun’z American Pub, between 15th and 16th streets. A fight broke out outside the bar, police said, and Antonio Porter, 36, of the Falls, was shot in the hip.
Porter was taken by ambulance to Erie County Medical Center with what were described as non-life-threatening injuries.
In the ensuing rush to flee the area where the shot was fired, two people were hit by a passing car, then taken to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, police said, one with a broken femur. Police declined to identify the victims but said they did not suffer life-threatening injuries. One was treated and released.
Mercy Flight summoned to Thruway crash scene
Mercy Flight was called to the scene of a motorcycle crash Sunday afternoon on an exit ramp of the Thruway in Hamburg.
The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. on the off-ramp of the eastbound Thruway at Exit 57, near Camp Road. The operator was unconscious when rescue crews from Newtown Abbott Fire Company and Scranton Volunteer Fire Company arrived, authorities said.
Further information was unavailable.
Jamestown man linked to child sex abuse case
JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown man was arrested and jailed last week on child sex abuse charges, Jamestown police said.
Jason R. Alexander, 30, had sexual relations with three children younger than 13 over the past year, police said. Alexander was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with three counts of sexual conduct against a child.
Falls man stabbed on Highland Avenue
NIAGARA FALLS – A city man was stabbed Saturday night at the Elks Lodge on Highland Avenue, police said.
The 27-year-old man, who is expected to survive, was taken to Erie County Medical Center, Police Superintendent John R. Chella said.
Woman, 20, charged after slapping incident
TOWN OF LOCKPORT – A Lincoln Place resident was arrested early Sunday after she slapped a neighbor in the face while the woman was holding her two young children, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said.
An argument at about 12:30 a.m. led to the attack. The victim was not seriously injured, deputies said.
Patricia A. Daugherty, 20, was charged with harassment and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
Sept. 5 hearing ahead for three Falls swimmers
NIAGARA FALLS – A Sept. 5 hearing awaits three Frankfort, Ky., men who had to be rescued after being caught trying to swim near the base of the Horseshoe Falls on Aug. 5.
Edward F. Goins, Michael A. Samples and Adam K. Jones, each 20, are charged each with disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment. Jones also was charged with possession of a controlled substance – amphetamines, police said.
The three were arraigned in Niagara Falls City Court recently. Goins and Samples were released after posting $300 bail. Jones was released after posting $500 bail.
The three were spotted shortly after 10 a.m. by Cave of the Winds staffers.
A rope rescue team from the State Parks Police rappelled about 50 feet into the Niagara River gorge below the Cave of the Winds to lead them to safety.
More than just towels taken from Falls motel
NIAGARA FALLS – A couple who rented a room at a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel apparently left with more than just their bags on Friday, police said.
When employees of the Pelican Motel went to clean the room after the couple had left, they found that a television and a microwave oven, valued at $150, were stolen.