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From the courts: / Niagara County Court cases, July 3 to 9

>July 3

Heather J. Miller, 31, of Goundry Street, North Tonawanda, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and attempted second-degree assault and was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 28 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. Miller, who said in court she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, admitted to stabbing her husband in the right hand April 3 and stealing her grandmother's credit card Feb. 5. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said Miller used it to run up $961 worth of purchases at stores, mostly in the Tonawandas, including Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Tops and Fashion Bug.

Franklin D. Mease Jr., 24, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to three counts of second-degree criminal contempt of court and single counts of first-degree criminal contempt, aggravated harassment and bribing a witness. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baerhe said Mease, who was facing a misdemeanor trial in Porter until that charge was merged into the indictment, allegedly offered to pay his former girlfriend for a radio he had either stolen or damaged if she decided not to follow through on the charges. Mease is accused of calling and writing letters to the woman from Jan. 18 to June 11 in violation of a court order of protection.


>July 5

Michael A. Howard, 20, of Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, who has an indictment pending against him on drug charges, was sentenced to a year in jail for violating his probation on a previous conviction. Howard had admitted to Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza that he violated the terms of a five-year probation stint he was assigned last October after pleading guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon -- two handguns Niagara Falls police found Jan. 28, 2006, in an alley near 18th Street and Ontario Avenue. His newest charges, to which he pleaded not guilty last month, are third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of having .29 ounces of cocaine with the intention of selling it when police raided his apartment Jan. 26.

Three men were indicted by the county grand jury on felony driving while intoxicated and other charges. Harold G. Printup, 35, of Walmore Road on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation, also is charged with first- degree aggravated unlicensed operation and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. He was pulled over March 25 in Lewiston. Darryl E. Brown, 35, of Dorwood Park, Wilson, also is charged with driving without headlights, violating a restricted license and imprudent speed. He was arrested April 16 in Wilson. And William D. Roche, 42, of Del Court West in the Woodlands mobile home park, Lockport, also is charged with unlicensed driving of an uninspected, uninsured and unregistered car with switched plates. He was arrested June 2 in the park.


>July 6

Anthony D. Brantley, 25, of Michigan Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and resisting arrest. He was picked up Jan. 17 in Niagara Falls with .22 ounce of cocaine allegedly in his possession.

Travis D. Davis, 22, of Adam Street, Lockport, admitted to attempted fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Sept. 13 by Broderick. Davis was charged with selling cocaine to police informants in Lockport Aug. 3 and 8.

Rashie K. Perry, 21, of Ashland Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. Broderick is to sentence her Sept. 7. Perry was arrested Aug. 3 in a police raid on a Niagara Falls home.

Charles D. Lamont, 45, of Murdock Road, Shelby, pleaded not guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, a lane violation and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. He was arrested Oct. 15 in the Town of Lockport.


>July 9

Juan M. Cox, who had pleaded guilty July 6 to beating a North Tonawanda woman, pleaded guilty today in a separate drug case. Cox admitted to attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, and Broderick scheduled sentencing for Aug. 30, the same day Cox is to be sentenced on the July 6 plea to second-degree assault in the Nov. 11 North Tonawanda incident. Broderick has committed to giving Cox no more than five years of total prison time between the two cases. The beating occurred while Cox, 30, of 24th Street, Niagara Falls, was free on bail in the wake of a June 30, 2006, arrest for possessing crack cocaine and marijuana in Niagara Falls. That incident was the subject of the latest plea.

A man arrested in a drug raid last Aug. 3 by Niagara Falls police pleaded guilty. Cory C. Mayfield, 22, of Linwood Avenue, admitted to fourth-
degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Sept. 7 by Broderick. Mayfield was accused of having almost four ounces of crack cocaine he was planning to sell. He is the third person to plead guilty in connection with the raid.

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