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TWIN BROTHERS AVOID TRIAL, ACCEPT PLEA DEAL IN SHOOTING

LOCKPORT -- Twin brothers from New York City accepted plea bargains Wednesday, the day their nonjury trial was to begin on charges of shooting at a Niagara Falls man on March 31, 1999.

Alonzo Lebron, 25, pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted assault. His brother, Andre Lebron, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon. County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. will sentence them May 31.

The Lebrons were accused of shooting at Kevin Taylor of Niagara Falls in the Jordan Gardens housing complex. Taylor was unhurt.

Man gets 1 1/3 -to-4-year term in rape of 13-year-old girl

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man who admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl Oct. 9 was sentenced Wednesday to 1 1/3 to four years in prison.

Michael J. Dzialoski, 20, of Lincoln Avenue, had pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. He was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

In another case, Broderick set sentencing April 19 for Charles G. Hill, 51, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls.

Hill pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance to satisfy a batch of 11 drug charges.

Hill was accused of selling cocaine to Niagara Falls police agents on May 6, May 24 and June 22, 1999, and of having hydromorphone pills and cocaine with the intention of selling them on Aug. 22, 2000.

Two Falls residents arrested in theft of cigarettes

LEWISTON -- Two Niagara Falls residents were arrested Wednesday in the Feb. 6 theft of a carton of cigarettes from Smokin Joe's Trading Post on Saunders Settlement Road, said Niagara County Sheriff's Investigator Louis Faery.

Priscilla L. Brown, 49, of Packard Court, and Leonard Ingram, 42, of Ninth Street, were charged with petit larceny. They will face the charges March 13 in Town Court, Faery said.

Sanborn boy, 15, accused in theft of cash and SUV

LEWISTON -- A 15-year-old boy has been arrested and accused of stealing $2,169 cash, a 1984 sport utility vehicle and having a small quantity of LSD, Niagara County sheriff's Investigator Ernest Lavigueur said Wednesday.

Charged with two counts of grand larceny and one count each of felony criminal mischief and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substances, the Sanborn resident is accused of stealing $2,169 from his employer, the Tuscarora Trading Post, 2390 Upper Mountain Road, on Feb. 1.

He also is accused of stealing the sport utility vehicle from 2021 Saunders Settlement Road on Dec. 29. The vehicle was found that same day, destroyed by fire off Green Road, Lavigueur said.

The boy also is accused of having nine sugar cubes laced with LSD in his possession Feb. 2 on Garlow Road, Lavigueur said.

A 14-year-old Niagara Falls boy also was charged in the vehicle theft, he said.

SUV overturns and burns; driver climbs to safety

LOCKPORT -- A Church Street man escaped injury when his sport utility vehicle overturned late Tuesday on the icy surface of West Jackson Street and caught fire, Officer Brian W. Wentland said.

Walter J. Hillman, 30, was able to climb out the passenger window as flames were starting up in the cab. The vehicle was destroyed, Wentland said.

Hillman said the accident occurred at 9:30 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle.

Three men held in robbery of bartender at Ontario hotel

RIDGEWAY, Ont. -- Three men were charged in a robbery of a hotel bartender, Niagara Regional Police announced Wednesday.

The robbery occurred Tuesday at McLeod Hotel, 282 Ridge Road. Police said the bartender was assaulted and chased from the building. Cash, beer and liquor were stolen.

The bartender suffered minor injuries that did not require medical attention, police said.

Local residents helped identify three suspects, police said. Richard Smith, 29, of no permanent address, was charged with robbery, breaking and entering, extortion and breach of recognizance. Adam Farago, 21, and Shawn Bland, 22, both of Fort Erie, each were charged with robbery and breach of probation.

All three were in custody, pending further court action.

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