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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Caught with 3 drugs, 18-year-old pleads guilty

LOCKPORT -- An Amherst woman who was attempting to sell hallucinogenic mushrooms in North Tonawanda pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Danielle M. Saraceno, 18, of Manor Oak Drive, pleaded guilty to attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing for Sept. 13.

Besides the mushrooms, Saraceno had LSD and marijuana when she was arrested following a Feb. 24 traffic stop, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said. Saraceno also must forfeit $240 she had with her at the time.

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Driver in fatal accident violated probation

LOCKPORT -- The driver in a fatal auto accident two years ago will be sentenced Aug. 30 by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., who ruled Thursday that the man had violated the terms of probation.

Shawn A. Lysaght, 28, of 72nd Street, Niagara Falls, was placed on probation in March 2006 after he pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide. Lysaght, who served six months in jail at the start of the probation term, now faces up to four years in state prison. He violated probation by failing to attend scheduled appointments for mental health counseling earlier this year.

He was at the wheel July 30, 2005, when his car left a curve on Saunders Settlement Road in Lewiston and struck a utility pole, a parked van and a house, killing his passenger, Leon LaRoche, 64, of Niagara Falls. Lysaght admitted at the time that he was drunk; police said he was driving about 75 mph in the rain.

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Woman said guitarist raped her in his home

A guitarist in a downtown lounge band is the suspect in a late night rape Monday, according to a police complaint filed by an East Tupper Street woman.

The victim told police she went to the tavern and met the man about 7:30 p.m. By about 10:30 p.m., after the man played a couple of sets in the band there, the two left together and went to the guitarist's house, she said.

There, the woman said, he choked her and forced her into various forms of sexual contact. He also bit her ear and the back of her neck, she reported.

The woman was treated in Buffalo General Hospital. Sex Offense Section detectives were investigating the report.

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Truck stuck on tracks results in charges

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Lockport man was charged with petit larceny and trespassing after his truck was found stuck on railroad tracks Tuesday night.
Niagara County sheriff's deputies said a call was placed to a train in time to stop it from hitting the truck.

The pickup driven by David K. Hoffman, 26, of Cottage Court, was found just after 11:30 p.m. stuck on the Falls Road Railroad tracks on Sandpit Road.

Hoffman told deputies he was looking for his dog, but further investigation found that Hoffman's truck bed was full of empty metal buckets and metal bands. The Falls Road Railroad superintendent said the scrap metal in Hoffman's truck belonged to the railroad.

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Man takes plea deal for breaking boy's hand

LOCKPORT -- A man who swung a metal fence post at a 15-year-old boy, breaking the boy's hand, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Darrow K. Hill, 49, of Woodlawn Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted second-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing Sept. 6 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

The incident occurred on Woodlawn Avenue Oct. 9, when Hill chased the boy down the street, prosecutors said.

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Underage drinking leads to charges

PENDLETON -- Five underage teens were charged with trespassing by Niagara County sheriff's deputies after they were found having a party with alcohol and a campfire at a Monroe Street construction site early Wednesday.

Charges were placed against Kelsea N. Hudson, 17, of Gasport Road, Gasport; Ryan F. Mack, 19, of Beach Ridge Road, Pendleton; Nathan C. Rosenburg, 19, of Honorine Drive, Depew; and Joseph A. Wilcox, 17, of East Canal Road, Pendleton. A 16-year-old Lockport girl also was charged.

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Collard thief strikes again at community garden

For the second year in a row, a vegetable bandit made off with a bunch of collard greens from an East Side community garden -- but left all the other vegetables untouched.

Sometime between 5 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, someone entered the fenced-in garden on Wohlers Avenue and stole the greens, said Rosa Gibson, executive director of the Community Action Information Center located across the street.

Gibson discovered the loss when she came to work Wednesday morning and called police, she said.

The vegetable garden is divided into smaller plots for individuals to grow their own garden free of charge.

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