>Jail, fine and probation set for felony DWI
LOCKPORT -- A Jackson Street man who pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated will begin a five-year probation term by spending the first six months in jail, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza ordered Tuesday.
Jamie V. Williamson, 31, also must pay a $5,000 fine. He was arrested Sept. 3 in the City of Lockport.
In another case Tuesday, Paul R. Lowery, 42, of Eggert Road, Amherst, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and was scheduled for sentencing by Sperrazza Oct. 12. Lowery, a former Wheatfield resident, was arrested Jan. 2 after his vehicle allegedly forced another auto off the Robert Moses Parkway in Niagara Falls.
>Identity thief pleads to misdemeanor count
LOCKPORT -- A man who took part in an online identity theft pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in Niagara County Court on Tuesday and agreed to testify against his co-defendant.
Michael J. Minardi, 32, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, admitted to third-degree identity theft and was scheduled for sentencing Sept. 11 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
Charges are still pending against Jason S. Laufenberg, 33, formerly of Mead Street, North Tonawanda, who was arrested last month in Michigan.
Minardi and Laufenberg were charged with creating an account on the Web site PayPal in the name of an elderly woman and using it to take $7,746 from her between Sept. 14 and Oct. 2.
Laufenberg faces a separate burglary and grand larceny indictment accusing him of stealing more than $3,000 from Scalise's Deli in North Tonawanda in a series of break-ins in 2005.
>Falls man, 33, acquitted of rape charges by jury
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County Court jury acquitted a man of rape charges Wednesday after slightly more than an hour of deliberation.
Robert J. Jones, 33, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, was found not guilty of two counts of first-degree rape and one count of petit larceny. He had been accused of raping a 31-year-old woman, whom he knew, twice last fall in North Tonawanda.
>Falls fire destroys vacant apartment house
NIAGARA FALLS -- A vacant 2 1/2 -story apartment house on 24th Street was destroyed by fire early Wednesday. No injuries were reported.
The fire at 248 24th St. caused $10,000 damage, according to the city Fire Department. Firefighters arrived at the scene just after 4 a.m. to find the house engulfed.