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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Husband, wife plead guilty in burglary

LOCKPORT -- A husband-and-wife burglary team pleaded guilty this week in Niagara County Court.

Edward A. Dunn, 21, of North Transit Street, admitted to two counts of third-degree burglary, and Amber J. Dunn, 22, pleaded guilty to one count of the same crime. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing for March 13.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the couple stole a video camera, a digital camera and some change from a home on Phillips Road in Newfane on July 17. Edward Dunn stole five guns and assorted jewelry from a home on Nelson Road in Wilson on May 19, Hoffmann said.

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Akron man gets jail for series of crimes

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. this week sent an Akron man to prison for 1 1/3 to four years for a series of crimes.

Timothy D. Kler, 25, of Cedar Street, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He stole a credit card from his ex-girlfriend's mother in her Porter home Feb. 28.

He also was charged with three burglaries in the City of Lockport, including the theft of more than $16,000 worth of property from a storage facility at Commerce Square on Sept. 1, 2005, and two break-ins at the Niagara Community Action Program office on Washburn Street on Jan. 26 and Feb. 21, in which appliances and food were taken.

In another case before Broderick, he granted youthful-offender status to Tristan J. Leuer, 18, of Lake Road, Somerset, sealing his sentence in a statutory rape case. The incident with an underage girl occurred April 4, 2005, in a home on Haight Road in Somerset.

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Jail sentence handed out in burglary try

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was sentenced to a year in jail this week by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

David J. Piro, 21, of Pear Avenue, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary for breaking into an apartment on Buffalo Avenue in Niagara Falls on July 21.

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Drug dealer gets three years in prison

LOCKPORT -- Albert A. Kreps Jr., 31, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls, will serve three years in prison for drug dealing, Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. ruled this week.

Kreps had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine at his home three times in October 2005.

In another case, Broderick scheduled sentencing March 13 for Shaun S. Jackson, 22, of Mary's Lane, Youngstown, who admitted to third-degree criminal mischief for pitching a crowbar through the window of a home on Bear Ridge Road in Pendleton on Oct. 8.

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Hunter is charged in fatal shooting of dog

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Lockport hunter wanted for shooting a dog on Tonawanda Creek Road on Dec. 6 was charged Friday by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office with reckless endangerment and animal cruelty.

Jeffrey D. Pirk of Raymond Road, who is accused of killing the German shorthaired pointer, was arraigned before Town of Lockport Judge Raymond E. Schilling and released on his own recognizance.

The dog's owner, Jeffrey Burg, told sheriff's deputies he was walking his dog, Riley, without a leash and saw a muzzle flash. He said he quickly took the dog to a veterinarian, but it was too late because the dog was shot in the spine.

Pirk told Burg he thought the dog was a coyote.

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Second man is held in deli break-in

LOCKPORT -- A second man was charged Friday in the Dec. 6 break-in of a West Avenue convenience store.

Raymond J. Schweitzer, 25, no permanent address, was charged by city police with third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree petit larceny.

Detective John Yotter said Schweitzer gained entry by kicking in the door of a coin laundry adjacent to the store to gain entry to Frank's Deli and took $31 from a cash register.

The alleged lookout, Edwin Livingston, 21, of Dysinger Road, was charged Wednesday.

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Guilty pleas end trial in Falls burglary case

LOCKPORT -- A burglary trial ended abruptly Thursday in Niagara County Court when the defendants decided to plead guilty.

Keith F. Englesson, 49, of Ontario Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to third-degree burglary and is to be sentenced Feb. 23. Joseph C. Hamilton, 54, of North Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to petit larceny and will be sentenced Feb. 9.

Police said the men stole a small amount of property July 18 after entering a building on South Avenue in Niagara Falls.

The trial before Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza was in its third day, but the prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Robert F. LaDuca, had not yet rested his case.

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