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>Suspect being sought in home-invasion theft

LOCKPORT -- City police were searching Wednesday for a man wanted in a home invasion in the 300 block of West Avenue on Tuesday evening.

The homeowners told police that an acquaintance entered their home through an unlocked door at 8:50 p.m., pepper-sprayed them and demanded drugs.

Detective Capt. Lawrence Eggert said the couple was sprayed several times, "whacked over the head" with a wrench and punched in the head and face.

He said the bandit fled with a 100 pills and $100.


>Plea deals lands man in prison for 25 years

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man charged with striking his wife and daughter in the heads with a sledgehammer agreed to serve a 25-year prison sentence as part of a plea bargain entered Wednesday in Niagara County Integrated Domestic Violence Court.

James L. Wilson Sr., 44, of Centre Avenue, pleaded guilty to first- and third-degree assault and second-degree rape. The latter charge stems from having sex with an underage girl. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled the official sentencing for March 14.

Wilson attacked his 37-year-old wife and his 17-year-old daughter with the sledgehammer in their home June 22. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baerhe said Wilson's wife lost an eye as a result of the attack, and the daughter suffered lacerations on her head.


>Lockport man accused of aiding firebombing

A Lockport man was charged Wednesday with criminal facilitation for allegedly making four Molotov cocktails that were used in a firebombing on West Lane in late November, according to Buffalo fire investigators and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents.

Anthony R. Bass, 29, of South Transit Road, is accused of assisting in the firebombing of 21 West Lane just after 4 a.m. on Nov. 28. Three others also allegedly were involved in the incident, including Anthony Hammonds, 18, of Hartman Avenue, who was arrested last month for allegedly throwing the device through the front window of the Shaffer Village apartment.

The firebombing resulted in a fierce blaze inside the apartment and took place while several occupants were inside. One woman and four children -- including a 10-month-old baby girl -- were injured.


>Knifing that wounded 3 is probed in Lockport

LOCKPORT -- City police continued their investigation Wednesday into a Tuesday night knife attack that resulted in wounds to three people.

Detective Capt. Lawrence Eggert said the stabbings were prompted by a fight over a boyfriend. An 18-year-old woman has been questioned in the attack and is considered a suspect, he said. Charges have not yet been filed.

Eggert said that at about 9 p.m., police responded to the attack in a William Street apartment, where the three victims and the suspect live.

Two sisters, ages 28 and 24, were treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital and released. Their 19-year-old brother suffered minor puncture wounds to his elbow. Eggert said a small knife was used in the attack.

The fight was witnessed by several people, Eggert said, and police conducted about a dozen interviews.


>Two drivers plead guilty to felony DWI charges

LOCKPORT -- Two defendants pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated in separate appearances Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Phyllis R. Jaffe, 41, of Tuscarora Road, Lewiston, is to be sentenced March 9 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. Jaffe was arrested June 10 in Wheatfield.

Daniel L. Stovall, 40, of Stewart Avenue, Buffalo, was pulled over Oct. 7 in Lewiston.

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for April 17.


>Falls man arraigned in 2005 bank robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was arraigned in Niagara County Court on Tuesday after being indicted on charges of robbing a bank in the Falls in 2005.

Tamar Wynn, 30, of Ontario Avenue pleaded not guilty to third-degree robbery. Second Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said Wynn stole about $2,000 from the Bank of America branch at 418 Third St. on May 2, 2005.


>Two plead guilty in theft of copper

LOCKPORT -- A boyfriend-girlfriend theft team took pleas Tuesday in a copper caper in Niagara County Court.

Anthony W. Roundtree, also known as Jarvis Elder, 39, of 23rd Street, Niagara Falls, admitted third-degree burglary and attempted third-degree burglary in connection with the thefts of copper pipe from the former St. Mary's Manor nursing home, 2600 Main St., Niagara Falls, April 7 and 23.

Susan K. Ferris, 36, also of 23rd Street, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass and petit larceny for taking part in the April 7 theft.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing March 6 for both defendants.

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