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Abduction, assault alleged by ex-girlfriend

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 23rd Street man was charged with felony kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment and assault Wednesday after forcing an ex-girlfriend into his car, police reported.

Henry Hudson Jr., 25, was arrested at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday after allegedly grabbing the 22-year-old woman and forcing her into his car in a parking lot at 29th Street and Pine Avenue on Sunday.

The woman told police that Hudson dragged her into his house and struck her several times. She said she was held for one hour before she was able to escape.

Hudson's bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 property.

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Sex-crime defendant jailed in alleged threat

LOCKPORT -- Niagara county Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza threw sex-crime defendant Roger L. Hueber into jail Wednesday after he was accused during a pretrial hearing of threatening one of his alleged victims.

Hueber, 42, of Corinthia Street had his bail revoked pending a hearing today on whether he should stay in jail until his trial. Assistant District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek said the alleged contact with one of the three teenage girls Hueber is accused of molesting occurred in December.

The defendant is under a court order to stay away from the girls. Hueber, a suspended Niagara County Jail guard, faces a 20-count indictment accusing him of crimes from 1999 to 2004.

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Falls man charged in knifepoint robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man has been charged in the robbery of a woman at knifepoint in the Seneca Niagara Casino parking lot early Wednesday.

A North Tonawanda woman told police the man stopped her at 2 a.m. as she was leaving the casino and threatened to kill her if she didn't give him her purse.

As she struggled with the man, she was cut on the wrist when he tried to cut the strap on her purse, police said. The suspect fled without the purse when a car pulled up.

Police said they charged Scott J. Read, 39, of Seventh Street, with felony assault and felony robbery. The circumstances of his arrest were not available.

The victim was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and released.

Read pleaded not guilty in City Court and was ordered held in the Niagara County Jail in lieu of bail of $7,500 cash or $15,000 property.

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Burglary, DWI pleas result in prison term

LOCKPORT -- Larry F. Craft Jr., 29, of Lockport Road, Town of Niagara, was sentenced to two to six years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated to settle a batch of charges filed against him.

The sentenced was imposed by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

On June 12, Craft was arrested on DWI charges in the parking lot of Prime Outlets Mall in the Town of Niagara, and police found bacon, cheese and sausage that had been shoplifted from a Tops Market in Niagara Falls. The same day, Craft allegedly used a flatbed truck to steal an all-terrain vehicle from Bob Weaver Motorsports in Wheatfield.

On July 29, Craft broke into Community Medical Pharmacy, 918 Michigan Ave., Niagara Falls, and stole a large quantity of prescription drugs. Broderick ordered him to pay $1,553 in restitution to the pharmacy.

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Motel fire causes $115,000 in damage

A Clarence motel sustained an estimated $115,000 in damage from a fire Wednesday morning, Amherst Fire Control reported.

The blaze broke out at the Tree Haven Motel, 8755 Main St., about 10:30 a.m.

Harris Hill firefighters battled the fire in the attic of the main office building, which is also the residence of owner Awara Hossain.

The fire was extinguished by 11:10 a.m., fire officials said. The cause is under investigation. There were no injuries.

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Felony assault charge filed against Falls man

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man was charged with felony assault after a fight last month in which the victim suffered a fractured cheek bone and a cut above his eye, police said.

Charles J. Albright, 24, of Hyde Park Boulevard, arrested Tuesday, pleaded not guilty in City Court on Wednesday.

A 20-year-old 31st Street man told police Albright assaulted him during a fight on Chapin Avenue at 12:30 a.m. Jan. 21.

Albright remained in the Niagara County Jail Wednesday in lieu of bail of $5,000 cash or $10,000 property.

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