Beating after robbery puts man in hospital
NIAGARA FALLS -- A 21st Street man was hospitalized at about 7:40 a.m. Saturday after being beaten on the head with a lead pipe, police said.
The 44-year-old victim told police a man accosted him at 18th Street and Linwood Avenue, and accused him of taking $27 from a woman. About a half-hour earlier, a 33-year-old Whitney Avenue woman told police she was knocked to the ground and robbed of that sum while walking home from a nearby convenience store.
Police said the beating victim denied robbing the woman. No one has been arrested.
2 charged in shooting to testify against 3rd man
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man Friday admitted his role in an Oct. 4 shooting in that city and agreed to testify against the accused triggerman.
Marquan D. Florence, 24, of Weston Avenue pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the shooting of Wilbert Hayes III, 21, of Linwood Avenue in the victim's home. Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for March 23.
Cordarise M. Houston, 17, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to two felonies in the case Dec. 1 and also agreed to cooperate against Christopher Miller, 24, of Cedar Avenue, Niagara Falls, also known as Christopher Washington. Houston said he acted as a lookout while the others entered the house.
Break-up escalated to knife attack, man says
NIAGARA FALLS -- A 49-year-old man told police an ex-girlfriend tried to stab him with a kitchen knife in his Spring Street home Thursday.
Police who showed up at the address at about 4 a.m. discovered the man had lacerations on his face from being scratched by the woman, police said. Police said the woman apparently was there to retrieve her belongings when she became belligerent.
The victim said that when he attempted to call police, the woman broke the phone cord and grabbed a knife, rushed at him and clawed his face. The woman fled, police said.
Credit card fraud nets term of 1 to 3 years
LOCKPORT -- Jason M. Payne, 27, of Ridge Road, Hartland, was sentenced Wednesday to one to three years in prison for using his father's personal information to apply for credit cards.
Payne had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to second-degree identity theft. Prosecutors said Payne received two credit cards after applying for four in May. By late August, he had charged $2,000 worth of purchases on one card and $500 on the other.
In another scam case, Bruce W. Roberts Jr., 31, of Parker Road, Ransomville, pleaded guilty to second-degree forgery. Sperrazza set sentencing for March 26.
Using a prescription form taken from a Niagara Falls doctor's office, Roberts obtained 3.23 ounces of the painkiller Lortab at Peterson's Drug Store in Newfane April 14, prosecutors said. He is accused of splitting up the drug with Brandon C. Walp, 22, of Mohawk Street, Lewiston, who has pleaded not guilty to related charges.
Raid on apartment results in drug arrest
NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police said the department's Emergency Response Team raided a Pine Avenue apartment at 9 p.m. Friday, arrested a man and seized crack cocaine.
Michael A. Howard, 20, was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a narcotic with intent to sell.
Four face drug charges after police stop car
NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested four people and seized marijuana, powder and crack cocaine, a counterfeit $100 bill and a possibly stolen credit card after stopping a car shortly after 11 p.m. Friday on the 1700 block of North Avenue.
Officers Mark Jaroszewski and Thomas Rodriguez said the vehicle's sound system was blaring when they pulled it over after spotting its occupants smoking marijuana.
Anthony Bones, 19, of Seventh Street and Caitlin A. Sturdivant, 17, of Pierce Avenue were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. Bones, the driver, also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and disorderly conduct.
Antonio D. Porter Jr., 20, of Eighth Street and Terrell D. Thomas, 16, of Lockport Street were charged with criminal possession and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Thomas also was charged with possession of cocaine.
Three robbers take $400 from Falls deli
NIAGARA FALLS -- Three masked robbers, two armed with sawed-off shotguns, made off with nearly $400 just before 8 p.m. Friday from the Rainbow Deli at 628 Niagara St.
Police said one of the robbers threatened a clerk with a shotgun while the other two acted as lookouts. After emptying the cash register, the three fled, police said.