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>Drug courier pleads guilty, faces 3 to 6 years

LOCKPORT -- A woman who acted as a cocaine courier for Niagara Falls drug kingpin Clayton "Iceberg" Green pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Channika Davis-Payne, 28, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Under terms of the plea bargain, Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. may send her to prison for no more than three to six years; the normal maximum for that crime is three to 10 years for a first offender such as Davis-Payne. Sentencing was set for March 9.

Assistant Attorney General Robert J. Lee of the Organized Crime Task Force said David-Payne admitted obtaining more than 4 ounces of cocaine in Buffalo on March 17 and bringing it back to Niagara Falls.

She is the 14th of 15 people indicted in the case to plead guilty, including Green, who is serving a nine-year prison term.

The only case still open is a conspiracy charge against Dante Shine, 24, whose last known address was on 12th Street in Niagara Falls. Lee said Shine is still at large.


>Brother, sister arrested in family confrontation

NIAGARA FALLS -- A brother and sister were charged with felony assault with a weapon Thursday after a domestic dispute.

Lillian A. Daniels, 50, and Willie E. McCall, 36, were arrested at 4:10 a.m. at the Sixth Street building where both have apartments. McCall also was charged with second-degree harassment and menacing with a weapon.

Police said they recovered a wine bottle with blood on it and a broken cane that they believe were used in the fight.

McCall said Daniels started a fight with their sister and when he confronted her she struck him with the bottle. He said he then struck her in self-defense. Both refused medical treatment for cuts and lacerations, according to police.


>Drug arrests follow traffic stop in Falls

NIAGARA FALLS -- A driver and his passenger face charges after police reported finding marijuana and cocaine in a car that officers said had run a red light.

Police said they discovered four bags of marijuana and more than an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine after pulling the vehicle over after 9 p.m. Tuesday at Pine and Walnut streets.

The driver -- Antoine D. Hudson, 26, of Hyde Park Boulevard -- was charged with failing to stop for a red light, unlicensed operation and unlawful possession of marijuana. His passenger -- Takina D. Haslip, 27, of Ninth Street -- was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance after police said they found a bag of crack cocaine on her.


>Ejected club patron, 22, accused of firing shot

A 22-year-old Buffalo man has been charged with firing a single shot outside a Main Street nightclub in the Theater District early on New Year's Day. No injuries were reported.

Darien Laing of Leroy Avenue was ejected from the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., and began arguing with security guards at 3:48 a.m. Monday, according to Central District police.

As Laing was standing in the alley next to the nightclub, police said, he used a .22-caliber pistol to fire a single shot near the security guards and police officers.

When Laing refused to drop his weapon, a security guard fired a single warning shot.

Officer Joseph Gramaglia arrested Laing and recovered a .22-caliber pistol. Laing was charged with reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon.


>Man linked to drug ring admits sale of cocaine

LOCKPORT -- Artez Houston, 35, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Thursday to charges stemming from an investigation of a cocaine ring by the state attorney general's Organized Crime Task Force.

Houston admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and faces up to five years in prison under the terms of the plea bargain, Assistant Attorney General Patricia I. Carrington said.

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. is scheduled to sentence Houston on March 2.

Houston was one of seven people indicted in August after investigators used wiretaps to gather information on a cocaine operation headed by Brian C. Young, 31, of Grand Island.

Young has pleaded guilty and is awaiting sentencing, as are two others involved in the operation.

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