>Newfane man convicted of sexually abusing girl
LOCKPORT -- Anthony G. Workman Sr., described by the prosecutor as "a violent, horrible person," faces up to 50 years in prison after being convicted Monday of sexually abusing a girl over a period of three years.
Workman, 44, of Transit Road, Newfane, is to be sentenced April 27 by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on two counts each of first- and second-degree rape and single counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, first-degree sexual abuse and second-degree sodomy.
The jury of eight men and four women took two hours to find Workman guilty on all counts after a six-day trial. Assistant District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek told the jurors in her summation that although the indictment accused Workman of crimes against the girl when she was between ages 10 and 12, she had been molested regularly since age 5.
Wojtaszek said the victim, now 17, didn't report the incidents until confiding in her boyfriend last year, while her brother blurted out the girl's secret to his aunt last summer.
>Wheatfield home burns in residents' absence
WHEATFIELD -- A River Road home was extensively damaged by fire Sunday night, Niagara County sheriff's officials said.
Firefighters responding to a 9:45 p.m. alarm at 2520 River Road found heavy flames and smoke coming from the entire house. The residents were out of town at the time.
Fire investigators still are looking for the cause of the fire. No damage estimate was available.