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>Sword-brandishing man given 5 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A man who brandished a sword at Niagara Falls police officers responding to a domestic dispute was placed on five years' probation Thursday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Christopher N. Seguin, 43, of Weston Avenue, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested at his home Aug. 19, 2005. Police used a Taser electronic stun gun to subdue Seguin.


>Grand jury indicts man in knifing of three people

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County grand jury indicted Lawrence J. Smith on Thursday on charges that he knifed three people in two separate incidents in Niagara Falls.
Smith, 19, of Center Court in the Falls, faces one count of first-degree assault and two counts each of second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Smith allegedly stabbed Angela Wilson in the right collarbone area and cut her right arm during what appeared to be an unprovoked attack on 20th Street on Sept. 23. Smith is also charged with stabbing John Schreiner and Ricky Cribbs in a mutual friend's home on 19th Street on Nov. 29. Schreinder was cut on the head, left shoulder and left arm, while Cribbs was stabbed in the left arm, Hoffmann said.


>Drug dealer sentenced to two years in prison

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. sent a Niagara Falls drug dealer to prison for two years Thursday.

Rodriguez R. Houston, 29, of Ninth Street, had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to a police agent in Niagara Falls on July 28.

Also Thursday, Broderick granted youthful-offender status to Robby W. Robinson, 20, of Elm Court, Lockport, who had successfully completed a year of interim probation. Robinson pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of cocaine in the wake of his arrest in Lockport on Oct. 29, 2004.

Terrill J. Cunningham, 31, of Meadville, Pa., drew five years of probation from Broderick for attempted fifth-degree possession of crack cocaine. Niagara Falls police found .13 of an ounce of the drug in his car April 12 after stopping him for not wearing a seat belt.


>Endangering the welfare of 4 children charged

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Cleveland Avenue woman, who had once pleaded guilty to child neglect, was again charged Thursday morning with endangering the welfare of her four children, police said.

A caseworker from the Hillside Children's Center arrived at the home of 31-year-old Harriet Penney on Wednesday afternoon for a court-ordered parenting session based on her recent conviction and found only a young child, who refused to open the door, police said.

Niagara County Social Services and police were called to the scene, and, after determining the children may be in danger, the Niagara Falls Fire Department helped police gain entry into the home.

Four children -- three boys ages 8, 9 and 12 and a 3-year-old girl -- were found hiding in the basement. Police said the children were left in the home unattended for more than two hours.


>Royalton man indicted in cocaine case

LOCKPORT -- A Royalton man was indicted by a Niagara County grand jury Thursday on drug-possession charges.

Brian J. Frank, 34, of Slayton Settlement Road, was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. Frank was arrested Aug. 4 in the City of Lockport, when police said they found four-tenths of an ounce of cocaine in his possession.

In another drug case, Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing March 27 for a boyfriend-girlfriend team of drug dealers.

Jermaine N. Atkins, 24, and Evelyn L. Fluellen, 27, of Glendale Drive, Lockport, each admitted to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, relating to cocaine sales made to police informants in the City and Town of Lockport on April 17 and 20 and July 26.


>Falls man arrested in doughnut shop

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police arrested a LaSalle Avenue man who reportedly jumped over the counter, screamed and refused to leave Frankie's Doughnuts on Portage Road on Thursday.

Robert J. Goslin, 49, was charged with obstructing governmental administration, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct just before 6 a.m. Goslin struggled with arresting officers, police said.


>Copper pipes stolen from damaged building

NIAGARA FALLS -- The owner of a Whitney Avenue apartment building told police Thursday that more than $1,000 worth of copper pipe was stolen.

The owner said the building was boarded up and the thefts occurred between Dec. 29 and Jan. 22.

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