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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Niagara man indicted after '05 DWI arrest

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County grand jury handed up an indictment this week against a Town of Niagara man arrested in 2005 on drunken-driving charges.

Larry W. Jeffords Sr., 58, of Ziblut Court is charged with a felony count of driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and not wearing a seat belt.

Police said they measured his blood alcohol content at .20 percent when he was arrested May 3, 2005, on Niagara Street in Niagara Falls. Jeffords' license had been revoked because of alcohol-related convictions in 1997 and 2002, police said at the time.

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Drug dealer gets 18 months in prison

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls drug dealer was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Michael Harchula, 29, of Michigan Avenue had pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was arrested after investigators for the state attorney general's Organized Crime Task Force recorded 38 calls between him and Niagara Falls cocaine kingpin Clayton "Iceberg" Green, who is now serving a nine-year prison term.

Assistant Attorney General Robert J. Lee said investigators at first thought Harchula was selling cocaine, but it turned out he was dealing in the painkiller hydrocodone.

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Driver pleads guilty to felony DWI charge

LOCKPORT -- A Grand Island man pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

Matthew J. Lazzaro, 26, of Ferry Road was arrested by State Parks Police in Niagara Falls Dec. 1, 2005. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for March 30.

In another felony DWI case, Broderick placed Kathleen Hansen, 46, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, on interim probation for nine months, pending further sentencing. Hansen pleaded guilty in the wake of her Jan. 4, 2006, arrest in North Tonawanda.

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Jail term handed out in drug plea

LOCKPORT -- Danielle Boston, 32, of Ashley Place was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday on her guilty plea to a charge of cocaine possession.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. imposed the sentence on Boston, who was arrested in Lockport Aug. 18, 2005, and charged with intending to sell 850 milligrams of cocaine. She eventually admitted to fifth-degree possession.

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Man awaits sentencing on crack possession

LOCKPORT -- Kendric Q. Mitchell, 26, of Sixth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Friday to a charge of crack cocaine possession.

Mitchell is to be sentenced for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance March 8 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. He was arrested Nov. 11, 2005, at a supermarket on Portage Road in Niagara Falls, with 830 milligrams of the drug in his possession. Mitchell said he was picked up on a warrant and the crack was found when he was searched at Police Headquarters.

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Three indicted on cocaine charges

LOCKPORT -- Three men were indicted on cocaine charges by a Niagara County grand jury this week.

David L. Carter, 26, of Washburn Street is charged with fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly had 0.127 ounces of cocaine when he was picked up by Lockport police July 18 after a traffic stop on Outwater Drive.

Carlton E. Frida, 36, of Walnut Street is charged with third-degree possession and sale. He is accused of selling cocaine in Newfane July 26.

Sargent L. Palmer Jr., 18, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with third- and fifth-degree possession of cocaine and unlawful possession of marijuana. He allegedly had 740 milligrams of cocaine that he intended to sell in Niagara Falls on Oct. 19.

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