LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man drew a one-year jail sentence for drug possession Tuesday.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza imposed the term on Mario R. Taylor, 21, of 20th Street, who had pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and disorderly conduct.
Taylor's car was pulled over by Niagara Falls police on 23rd Street on Aug. 22. Police said they found .17 of an ounce of cocaine in Taylor's possession. Taylor was also accused of fighting with an officer.
In other court action Tuesday, Dean E. Fix, 31, of High Street in Lockport, was indicted on a charge of second-degree burglary Tuesday by a county grand jury.
Fix is accused of breaking into the home of Erin Bower on Oliver Street in Lockport on Dec. 5 and stealing a purse containing $300, seven credit cards and checks.
Red light violation charged
in four-vehicle crash
WHEATFIELD -- A Niagara Falls woman was injured Tuesday in a four-car accident at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Nash Road.
Melanie Jo Masich, 29, of 74th Street, was released after treatment in Erie County Medical Center, a hospital official said.
Niagara County sheriff's Deputy Scott D. Milleville said the accident was triggered at 9:17 a.m. when Janet M. Tober, 58, of Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn, ran a red light at Nash Road, tried to turn left onto the boulevard and struck a southbound car driven by Masich.
The impact caused Masich to lose control of her vehicle, which collided with a car driven by Diane K. Holm, 44, of Admirals Walk, Amherst. The fourth vehicle struck was driven by E. Richard Britton, 60, of Norman Drive.
Tober was charged with a red light violation, Milleville said.
No other injuries were reported.
Auto accident settlement
for woman nearly $295,000
NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman injured in a 1996 auto accident will collect nearly $295,000 in a settlement disclosed Tuesday.
Her attorney said Angelina McGovern, 57, had to undergo a spinal fusion in her neck after a car landed atop hers as she sat at a red light at Cayuga Drive and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield about 5:30 a.m. on Oct. 23, 1996.
The attorney, Eric B. Grossman, said a State Supreme Court jury found Feb. 9 that all the fault in the accident was attributed to Frank DeAngelo, 60, of Niagara Falls.
After the three-day trial before Justice Ralph A. Boniello III, the sides worked out a damage agreement, with McGovern settling for the liability limit in DeAngelo's policy with New York Central Mutual Insurance Co. Counting a previous payment for property damage, McGovern is receiving $300,000.
According to Grossman, DeAngelo, driving a 1992 Chrysler, made a left turn from Niagara Falls Boulevard onto Niagara Road and stopped abruptly to talk to someone in another car.
He then turned right through a pizzeria parking lot, made a right back onto the boulevard, and was attempting a left turn onto Cayuga Road when he was struck by a 1989 Mazda driven by Michael Leone, 31, of Niagara Falls.
DeAngelo's car became airborne and landed atop McGovern's 1992 Ford Taurus as she sat at the red light. DeAngelo suffered a minor injury, and Leone was unhurt, Grossman said.
According to Grossman, DeAngelo contended that Leone did not have his headlights on, but DeAngelo did not say this until after he was sued. It was not mentioned in the police accident report.
The jury found that Leone was not at fault, and placed all the blame on DeAngelo.
David R. Adams, Leone's attorney, said his client will not pursue action against DeAngelo. DeAngelo's attorney, Olney H. Clowe, declined to comment.
Theft of leather backpack,
laptop computer reported
CAMBRIA -- The black leather backpack and laptop computer of a Niagara County Community College employee was stolen from her office at the school's physical education department, sheriff's deputies said Tuesday.
Deputies said they were told the backpack, containing about $200 in property, including a $70 compact disc player, was taken from the worker's office and was last seen Friday.
Car brought for repair
is trashed, equipment stolen
CAMBRIA -- Thieves trashed a 1988 Chevrolet convertible and stole $1,040 worth of tires and stereo equipment from it in the Board of Cooperative Educational Services parking lot at 3181 Saunders Settlement Road, sheriff's deputies said.
Deputy Ronald E. Sessman said the incident occurred sometime between Friday and Tuesday morning after a Grand Island teenager brought the car to the school so students there could repair it, Sessman said.
The thieves broke all the car's windows, put dents on much of its frame, ripped up its interior and destroyed the convertible top, causing at least $1,500 damage, Sessman said.
Man charged with DWI
and speeding in collision
LOCKPORT -- Sheriff's deputies charged a Niagara Street man with driving while intoxicated Monday night after his car crashed head-on into another vehicle on South Transit Road near Robinson Road in the Town of Lockport.
No injuries were reported.
James E. Siffringer, 45, also was charged with speeding and failure to keep right, Deputy James Voutour said.
Voutour said the accident occurred at 10:13 p.m. when Siffringer, clocked traveling at 70 mph in a 45 mph zone, lost control of his vehicle and ran into an oncoming car driven by Alejandro H. Bergara, 24, of Amawak.
Two men faces charges
in December armed robbery
LOCKPORT -- Two Lockport men have been charged with a December armed robbery at a Pendleton business, Niagara County Sheriff Thomas A. Beilein announced Tuesday.
Edward F. Lamica, 19, and Jason I. Jones, 18, were charged with robbery, grand larceny and unlawful imprisonment.
The two are accused of the Dec. 5 robbery at Goldsmiths Auction Gallery, 6221 Fisk Road. Three masked men, armed with handguns, stole handguns and a small amount of cash during a midafternoon robbery.