Niagara Gazette

Local News

December 4, 2013

Lockport athletic director assaulted at high school

LOCKPORT — Police made two arrests Wednesday night after Patrick Burke, the athletic director for the Lockport City School District, was bloodied during a basketball scrimmage.

Burke suffered cuts on his face and wore a blood-spattered white shirt while being interviewed by police in the boys' locker room. He refused to talk about the incident that occurred near the back exit.

"Right now, I'm just giving a statement (to police)," he said.

Burke, who said he was OK as he talked to administrators after the police interview, appeared shaken.

Spectators in the gym were at a loss to explain what happened. Greg Wilson, football and track coach said, "I'm dumbfounded. I can't believe it. He's a great guy."

Lockport police and paramedics arrived at the scene and two suspects were taken away in two patrol cars. Police were booking the suspects after 8 p.m. and did not identify the two men arrested. According to the police radio, the suspects were asked to leave the school several times.

"They don't go here," said one of the Lockport students who rushed out the door.

The boys played a scrimmage prior to the junior varsity girls scrimmage between Williamsville North and Lockport. Early in the girls' game, a group of spectators rushed toward the exit.

One student said, "I was watching the scrimmage when it all started. Everybody was exiting the gym, so I followed. Then I heard Mr. Burke ask some kid to help. So I went to help, too. I held the kid back like 30 seconds. He was still trying to do something. I'm not sure. Then he left."

The sophomore did not know what started the assault. "I came out late just to hold him back because there were kids already holding them back by the time I got out there," the student added. "There were a lot of kids helping and about four holding him back."

 

 

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Broken Water Main Floods UCLA Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue
Opinion
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page
Poll

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results