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>Nail gun thief pleads to attempted robbery

LOCKPORT -- A man who tried to steal a nail gun from a Home Depot in Lockport pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.

James J. Gould Jr., 30, of Mill Road, Gasport, admitted to attempted third-degree robbery and was scheduled for sentencing Sept. 20 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Gould, who had a knife in his pocket at the time, struggled with a store security guard in the parking lot of the South Transit Road store after the Jan. 29 theft.


>Falls girl, 17, implicates man as robbery accomplice

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls teenager implicated a co-defendant as she pleaded guilty in an armed robbery case Thursday before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Arielle D. Bones, 17, of Augustus Place offered the name of a man she said was armed with a handgun as they robbed a Ferry Avenue man of a wallet containing $50 and a debit card Nov. 29 at Seventh and Niagara streets in Niagara Falls.

The 22-year-old victim told police at the time that he recognized Bones, even though she was wearing a mask, but didn't know the other robber. Bones is to be sentenced Sept. 20 for attempted second-degree robbery.


>Vandals damage light at West Canal Marina

PENDLETON -- A decorative light was damaged in the West Canal Marina within the last week, causing $3,000 damage.

General Foreman Patrick Kenney told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that the light pole on Tonawanda Creek Road was damaged by vandals sometime overnight.


>Youthful offender status granted in burglary case

LOCKPORT -- An 18-year-old from Olcott was granted youthful offender status in a burglary case by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza Thursday.

The teen pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary after breaking into a home on Ontario Street in Olcott Jan. 5. He was caught by the homeowner rummaging through a linen closet for prescription medications.

In another case before Sperrazza Thursday, Darrin M. Flowers, 37, of Young Road, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and not wearing a seat belt. He was arrested June 2 in the Town of Lockport, where his blood alcohol level was measured at .37 percent, more than 4 1/2 times the legal limit for intoxication, court papers said.


>Driver hurt in crash is transported by copter

NEWFANE -- A Newfane man was taken to Erie County Medical Center by Mercy Flight helicopter late Wednesday after firefighters freed him from his SUV, which had rolled over several times and landed on its roof, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Noel D. St. Cyr Jr., 30, was released from ECMC on Thursday. No charges will be filed, deputies said. St. Cyr was northbound on Hess Road shortly before 10:30 p.m., when he swerved for an unknown reason and lost control of his 1991 Ford Explorer, sheriff's officials said.


>2 get jail, probation in felony DWI cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men were sentenced to six months in jail, followed by five-year probation stints in separate felony driving while intoxicated cases this week in Niagara County Court.
Richard Pelczynski, 60, of Concord Drive, Wheatfield, also was fined $5,000 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. Pelczynski was arrested in North Tonawanda Oct. 29.
Kevin H. Davis, 38, of Sundridge Drive, Amherst, was arrested Jan. 21 on Murphy Road in the Town of Lockport. He was fined $1,000 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., in addition to the jail time and probation.
Also Tuesday, Kenneth W. Maynard, 51, of Mountain Road, Royalton, pleaded guilty to felony DWI before Broderick, who set sentencing for Sept. 11. Maynard was arrested April 17 on Route 31 in Royalton.

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