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>Falls man sentenced for hurting infant son

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who injured his 3-month-old son because he wouldn't stop crying was sentenced to seven years in prison Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Michael Wilkins, 21, of Sixth Street, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. Wilkins shook and squeezed the baby Oct. 28 in his home.

Prosecutors said the child suffered three broken ribs, a lacerated liver, pooling of blood behind both eyes and a subdural hematoma, which is bleeding between the skull and skin. Wilkins reportedly told investigators that the head injury might have occurred when the baby was struck accidentally by a video game controller unit.


>Tapes scoured for clues in prescription forgery

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police were asked Tuesday to review security camera tapes after a Rite Aid pharmacist reported two cases of forgery and theft of painkillers.

The pharmacist told police that an unknown woman filled a $102 prescription for Lortab on Nov. 24 and a $420 prescription for Oxycodone on Dec. 12. The North Tonawanda woman in whose name the prescriptions were written said she never had been on pain medication, police said.

The site where the prescriptions originated recently had fired an employee for taking blank forms, police said.


>Teen charged, man sought in motel robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- One of two people accused of an armed robbery at a Niagara Falls Boulevard motel pleaded not guilty Tuesday in City Court.

Cordarise M. Houston, 17, of Whitney Avenue, was charged late Monday with felony robbery and felony burglary of a dwelling with a deadly weapon. Houston was held in Niagara County Jail on $5,000 bail, and a preliminary hearing was set for Friday.

Police were still searching for a 34-year-old man also accused in the theft.

A man and woman said Houston came to their room door with a shotgun Thursday, forced them to lie on the floor and demanded their money. They said Houston and an accomplice fled with a total of $1,200.

The man told police the two were robbed after he called the person still being sought, asking him to deliver marijuana.


>Falls man charged with felony DWI

NIAGARA FALLS -- A man who had his license suspended twice in the last three years for driving while intoxicated was charged Tuesday with DWI, city police said.

Due to the past charges, Frank J. Marino, 32, of Whitney Avenue, now faces felony charges of DWI and aggravated unlicensed operation. He also was charged with speeding and driving without a seat belt.

Police said they arrested Marino because he was driving 51 mph in a 30-mph zone just before 1:30 a.m. in the 2700 block of Pine Avenue.


>School suspends boy with hypodermic needles

NIAGARA FALLS -- A middle school pupil was suspended Tuesday after a principal found the boy had hidden 14 hypodermic needles under his coat, city police said.

Gaskill Middle School Principal Joseph Colburn called police to the Hyde Park Boulevard school at 11:30 a.m. after the sealed syringe needles were found in a Ziploc bag hidden in the boy's coat.

The boy, who was not identified because he is under 16, was charged as a juvenile with criminal possession of hypodermic needles.

Colburn said teachers had received information about possible drug deals on school grounds.

The boy was suspended and sent home.


>One-year jail term set for criminal contempt

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Niagara man drew a year in jail Tuesday from Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. for two counts of second-degree criminal contempt of court.

David J. Lake, 27, of Pomeroy Avenue, had pleaded guilty to violating a court order of protection in North Tonawanda on April 10, 2005, by slapping, punching and choking a woman. On April 30, 2005, Lake confronted the woman again and slammed her head into a brick wall, court papers said.

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