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Bank robber gets term of two to four years

LOCKPORT -- Two to four years in state prison was the sentence from Niagara County Peter L. Broderick Sr. on Tuesday for a Niagara Falls bank robber.

Tamar R. Wynn, 30, of Ontario Avenue, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree robbery for handing a teller a holdup note at Bank of America on Third Street in Niagara Falls on May 2, 2006. He made off with $2,020. Although the note said Wynn had a gun, none was displayed.


Wheatfield sub shop burglarized again

WHEATFIELD -- A local sub shop was once again burglarized of its sandwich fixings Monday.

Supreme Subs, in the 2300 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, reported more than $3,000 in lost inventory to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

Stolen was a case of pepperoni, 12 cases of steaks, 14 bags of French fries, four boxes of cheese and six cases of chicken, as well as $50 in cash from a cash register.

Owner Michael D. White said a piece of plywood, which had been placed over a window from a previous burglary, was broken once again to enter the shop, sometime between midnight and 7:30 a.m.

White told deputies that a plastic bag was placed over a video monitor.


Buffalo man, 18, to get 'a little taste of jail'

LOCKPORT -- "You need a little taste of jail," Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. said Tuesday to a Buffalo teenager who had annoyed him by smoking marijuana while on interim probation.

William C. Sexton, 18, of Norwood Place, had been given six months to show he could stay out of trouble and possibly earn youthful offender status after pleading guilty to two felonies.

Broderick extended the probation for three months but ordered Sexton to serve five weekends in jail and five weekends in the county work program.

He said youthful offender status is still possible, but so is state prison.

Sexton has admitted to attempted third-degree robbery and attempted second-degree assault for driving three other men to the home of a North Tonawanda marijuana dealer Aug. 22. A man was beaten during an attempt to steal drugs, police said.

In another case Tuesday, Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza granted youthful offender status to Keith E. Kritz, 17, of Mead Street, North Tonawanda, sealing his sentence for attempted third-degree burglary.

Kritz and two juveniles struck a man in the jaw with a baseball bat in an Aug. 24 home invasion on Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda.


Two men sentenced in separate cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men were sent to state prison by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza in separate cases Tuesday.

Rondell L. Caldwell, 36, of Niagara Avenue in Niagara Falls, will serve five years for fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had .17 ounces of cocaine he was planning to sell when police arrested him near his home Aug. 3.

Joseph M. Caraglin, 20, of Blairville Road in Porter, drew one to three years in prison for setting a fire in the kitchen of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Youngstown, and for breaking into Ashker's Coffee Shop in that village both on Nov. 20. Sperrazza recommended his assignment to a boot camp-style "shock incarceration" program.

Caraglin, who had admitted to fifth-degree arson and attempted third-degree burglary, also must pay half of $6,052 restitution. The rest is expected to be imposed on a co-defendant whose case is still pending.


Falls man accepts plea bargain in shooting

LOCKPORT -- With prosecution witnesses either absent or changing their stories, a Niagara Falls man accused of shooting two people and shooting at a third drew a plea bargain Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

A jury already had been selected for the trial of Timothy J. Ellison Jr., 23, of 22nd Street. But before opening statements, a deal was made.

Ellison pleaded guilty to second-degree assault and attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in return for a promise he would be sentenced to no more than four years in state prison. The mandatory minimum in this case is 1 1/2 years.

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. said when he sentences Ellison Sept. 25, he will make the time consecutive to that Ellison is already serving in another weapons case, on which his sentence has about a year to run.

Ellison was accused of shooting a man in the chest outside Elks Sunset Lodge on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls July 1, 2006, and of accidentally shooting his own cousin during the same incident.

Assistant District Attorney Robert F. LaDuca Jr. said the man was changing his story about how the incident happened, and the cousin had left the area. Ellison admitted only to having a gun at the time.

The assault plea stemmed from an Aug. 16 incident in which Ellison chased a man along 19th Street and shot at him. The bullet missed, but the victim tripped and fell and broke his arm.

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