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Home burglary brings prison term of 5 1/2 years

LOCKPORT -- William P. Thiboult, 52, of A Street, Niagara Falls, was sentenced Thursday to 5 1/2 years in state prison for the June 13 burglary of a home on 92nd Street in Niagara Falls.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. imposed the sentence for Thiboult's previous guilty plea to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary. Television sets, jewelry, dishes and a computer monitor were stolen in the break-in.


Reward offered for man wanted in homicide

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Niagara Regional Police are offering a $22,500 (U.S.) reward for information leading to the arrest of a Niagara Falls man who is wanted in a murder last March.

A Canada-wide arrest warrant for murder has been issued for Lloyd "Butchie" Orman, 26, who formerly lived in North Preston, Nova Scotia.

On March 6, police said, Orman argued with several men at a Malibu Drive party, pulled out a handgun and fired,

Phillip James Simmons, 33, of Niagara Falls, was shot multiple times and died in the hospital.

Police believe Lloyd Orman may be traveling with Alexandra Zappavigna, 21, of Thorold, who is wanted as an accessory to murder after the fact for helping Orman escape the area.

Anyone with information should call police at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 4252, or Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


Arrests made in break-in at Ontario jewelry store

ST. CATHARINES, Ont. -- Niagara Regional Police caught three burglars trying to break into Kevo Jewellery on Fourth Avenue here early Tuesday, then connected them to other investigations and arrested two more people.

As part of the investigation, officers executed a search warrant at a home on Welland Avenue, where they said they found about $30,000 in stolen property along with illegal drugs with a street value of about $1,600. A stolen vehicle was recovered at the jewelry store.

Charged with possession of stolen property and drugs were Sith Khounborind, 29, and Tania Maier, 27, both of St. Catharines. Khounborind also was charged with breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools.

Charged with breaking and entering and possession of burglary tools were Mitchell Mao, 23, and Anthony Smith, 41, both of St. Catharines; and James Parsons, 20, of London. Mao also was charged with possession of stolen property. Parsons also was charged with breach of probation.


Area residents warned of 'jury duty' scam

LOCKPORT -- Someone is making bogus phone calls to Niagara County residents, trying to obtain their dates of birth and Social Security numbers on the pretext of gathering information for jury duty summonses.

State Supreme Court Justice Sharon S. Townsend, the administrative judge for Western New York, issued a news release this week in which she stated that courts do not call prospective jurors seeking such information.

Niagara County Commissioner of Jurors Christopher A. Pannozzo said anyone who wants to verify a call should call his office at 439-7239.

Pannozzo said, "We had a specific instance recently where this occurred. People should be vigilant and not give out personal information."


Pupil accused of having crack cocaine in locker

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 15-year-old pupil has been arrested and accused of having four rocks of crack cocaine in his hallway locker at LaSalle Middle School, city police said.

The eighth-grader was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, a felony, by Detective Lorrie Alvarez and Officer Robert DeMarco, police said.

The arrest was made at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 when Italo Baldassarre, the school's dean of students, discovered a clear plastic container in the boy's locker during a routine locker search, officers said.

Inside, Baldassarre found four items separately wrapped in plastic that tested positive for crack cocaine, police said. The four rocks weighed more than 500 milligrams, which made its possession a felony.

The case has been turned over to the Niagara County Probation Department for adjudication. The suspect's name was not disclosed because he's not yet 16 and has juvenile status under law, police said.


Knifepoint attempt to take purse brings guilty plea

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who tried to steal a woman's purse at knifepoint in the parking lot of Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls early last Feb. 1 pleaded guilty to two felonies Wednesday before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Scott J. Read, 40, of Seventh Street, is to be sentenced April 3 for attempted second-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He accosted a North Tonawanda woman and cut her wrist as he tried to slice the purse strap with a knife.

In another case before Broderick, William G. Penn, 38, of Falls Street, Niagara Falls, was placed on probation for 30 days pending further sentencing for attempted third-degree burglary. He entered a a 23rd Street home April 16 while his stepdaughter, Tajsha G. Maye, 16, acted as a lookout. She is also on interim probation after pleading guilty.

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