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>2 admit guilt, 1 sentenced in 3 separate stabbings

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls woman pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to taking part in an assault Nov. 9.

Latoya Lane, 25, of Center Avenue, admitted to attempted second-degree assault and is to be sentenced Sept. 28 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. Lane and co-defendant Gregory Vincent, 28, were charged with cutting Raye Crockett of Niagara Falls on the head and lower back with a knife and a bottle on 18th Street.

In another knifing case Thursday before Sperrazza, Kemar R. Shaw, 22, of South Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault for cutting Anderson Darrell of Northview Drive, Lockport, on the cheek with a knife April 1 outside the Casa Montego on Heath Street in Lockport. Sentencing was set for Sept. 27.

Also Thursday, Felicia N. Knighton, 28, of South Avenue, Niagara Falls, drew three years' probation and 30 days in the county work program from Sperrazza for third-degree assault. He stabbed a woman in the chest and arm outside the 3M Club on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls last August.


>Burglar serving time charged in second crime

LOCKPORT -- A man who is already in state prison for a burglary was indicted Thursday in connection with another one.

Robert Wall Jr., 39, formerly of Niagara Falls, was charged with third-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief. He was arrested Feb. 28 and charged with breaking into a garage on 17th Street in Niagara Falls Aug. 26, 2003, and doing more than $1,500 damage to a 2001 Jeep Cherokee.

Wall has been in Livingston Correctional Facility since May 2005 on a second-degree burglary conviction and will not be eligible for parole until July 2010, according to the state Department of Correctional Services Web site.

In another indictment Thursday, Brandon L. Lavar, 23, of Wyoming Street, Buffalo, was charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, not wearing a seat belt and having a loud car stereo. A loaded .38-caliber revolver, reportedly stolen from Ohio, was allegedly found in his car during a May 29 traffic stop on Niagara Street in the City of Lockport.


>Break-in attempt brings 16 days' labor, probation

LOCKPORT -- Julius J. Vercruysse III, 27, of Lockwood Drive, who tried to break into a Royalton home Jan. 15, drew five years' probation and 16 days in the county work program from Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. Thursday.
Vercruysse had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree burglary in the effort to steal a flat-screen TV. Co-defendant Joseph S. Gugliuzza, 37, of Washington Street, Lockport, faces an upcoming trial.
In another case Thursday, Nathan Jones, 21, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree robbery for his role in the theft of clothing and a video camera from a man on Niagara Street on Oct. 24. He is to be sentenced Sept. 14 by Broderick.

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