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Woman gets probation in endangerment

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda woman was sentenced to probation and an order of protection Wednesday in Niagara County Court for giving her 5-year-old daughter someone else's prescription medicine and almost killing her, prosecutors said.

Barbara Kramer, 37, was found guilty of felony first-degree reckless endangerment Nov. 14. She was sentenced to five years' probation, an order of protection for her daughter, 200 hours of community service and a mental health evaluation.

She gave her daughter an unspecified prescription drug on Dec. 3, 9, and 10, 2004, which resulted in the child being hospitalized.

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Locust Street store clerk robbed by armed man

LOCKPORT -- A clerk at a Lockport store was robbed by a man with a knife late Wednesday evening, Lockport police said.

The robber approached the clerk at Body Gems & More at 56 Locust St. in Lockport at about 8:45 p.m. and demanded money, police officials said.

Lockport detectives were still at the scene late Wednesday investigating the robbery.

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Man held in slaying is charged in robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who is charged in the murder of a Lewiston couple in August was indicted by the Niagara County grand jury on Wednesday in connection with the robbery of his brother.

Mark J. Pelfrey, 26, of LaSalle Avenue, is charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of Gordon Sandstrom, 72, and his wife, Margaret, 64, in their North Hewitt Road home Aug. 30.

He is being held without bail and faces a possible sentence of life in jail without parole.

He was indicted on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree robbery and criminal possession of a weapon and entered a plea of not guilty Wednesday. Lawrence Humphrey, 30, of Goulding Street, Buffalo, allegedly Pelfrey's accomplice in the robbery, is expected to be indicted next week, authorities said.

Pelfrey's brother, Daniel, was threatened with a box cutter in his Ontario Avenue home on Aug. 29 before he was robbed of $174 and a PlayStation game system.

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