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>Wife of mayor charged in North Tonawanda

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The wife of Mayor Lawrence V. Soos was accused of harassment this week by another relative, a claim the mayor disputed Wednesday.

Linda Soos, 59, of Stanley Street was charged with second-degree harassment -- a violation -- Monday night in the family restaurant, Soos' Oliver Street Cafe.

Linda Soos, the owner, was charged with pushing her niece, during a dispute, city police reported. Police did not provide the name of the niece.

Linda Soos was arraigned Tuesday and released on her own recognizance.

The mayor said police had to file a report because of the accusation and denied that his wife was involved in any type of altercation.

"My wife's niece has some problems, and my wife didn't want her in the restaurant anymore," Lawrence Soos said. "My niece told the police that [Linda] had assaulted her, but she didn't lay a hand on [her]. . . . If anyone knows my wife, they know she's not the type to assault anyone."

The mayor said a conference with the city prosecutor has been scheduled for Jan. 30.


>Man charged as lookout in store break-in

LOCKPORT -- One of two men wanted in the break-in of a West Avenue convenience store was charged Wednesday morning.

Edwin Livingston, 21, of Dysinger Road, was charged with third-degree burglary.

Detective John Yotter said Livingston and an accomplice broke into Frank's Deli on Dec. 6 and made off with $31 from a cash register.

Livingston, Yotter said, served as a lookout. Charges are pending against a second man still being sought.


>Lockport man charged in check-cashing scheme

LOCKPORT -- A city man faces several charges in connection with a fraudulent check-cashing scheme.

Mark P. Robertson, 34, of Park Avenue, was charged Wednesday with four counts of issuing a bad check. He is accused of writing four checks, for $100 each, issued on his closed bank account, and cashing them at the Cornerstone Credit Union.

Robertson also was charged Tuesday with two counts of possession of a forged instrument and felony first-degree scheme to defraud.

He is accused of cashing two checks on Dec. 14 and 15 at Cornerstone Credit Unions locations on Steven Street and South Transit Road. Detective John Yotter said Robertson cashed 12 checks, worth a total of more than $1,000, that were forged by Anthony J. Henley, of Whitesburg, Tenn.

Henley, who was arrested last week, is accused of stealing his grandfather's checkbook and forging more than $7,000 in checks over three weeks. Yotter said the cash was being used to buy heroin.


>Man, 88, found in woods, treated for hypothermia

WHEATFIELD -- An 88-year-old man was taken to DeGraff Hospital and treated for hypothermia Tuesday night.

Niagara County sheriff's deputies received a call just after 7:30 p.m. from a resident in the area of River and Williams roads reporting that a person was yelling for help in a wooded area.

After a search of the woods, deputies and state troopers found the elderly man in his River Road backyard with very little clothing on, awake, but suffering from exposure.

The man was transported to DeGraff Memorial Hospital, where staff worked to raise his body temperature, deputies said.


>Falls man charged in rape of sedated patient

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 28-year-old city man was charged Tuesday night with raping a 17-year-old girl as she lay unconscious in a hospital bed on pain medication Saturday.

Jonathan D. Bradley, of Main Street, pleaded not guilty in City Court on Wednesday and told police that he knew the girl and said she was just pretending to be asleep.

Bradley also alleged that the two had consensual sex in the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center emergency room as the girl waited to be admitted. The girl had recently given birth to her second child and had come back to the hospital with abdominal pain, police said.

Bail was set in City Court at $1,000 on a felony charge of third-degree rape. A nurse told police she found Bradley on top of the girl having sex Saturday and yelled at him.

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