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Seven-year prison term set for drugs, weapon

LOCKPORT -- A heroin dealer who had a loaded AK-47 assault rifle and $12,000 cash in his apartment when police raided it was sentenced to seven years in prison Friday.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza called Gilbert Zaragosa, 24, of South Transit Street, "a soft-spoken kid with a big gun." Zaragosa had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The Feb. 2 raid interrupted a sale of heroin to Orazio C. DiCesare, 45, of University Avenue, Town of Tonawanda, who pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree possession of a controlled substance and is awaiting sentencing.


Casino visitor reports theft from unlocked car

NIAGARA FALLS -- Prescription drugs valued at more than $2,000 were stolen from the car of a West Seneca man while he visited the Seneca Niagara Casino Friday.

The victim told police the car, which was unlocked, was parked outside the Holiday Inn on Third Street while he visited the casino for about an hour.

Taken were 450 pills from a bag beneath a seat, cigarettes, speakers, $470 in cash and a collectible knife.


Group of youths attack boy, 13

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 13-year-old boy was injured when attacked by a group of youths near Centre Court park Friday evening.

The teen, who was waiting to be picked up by his older sister about 7:30 p.m., was attacked by five boys who punched and kicked him before they were scared away by passersby, police said. The boy was treated for a bump on the back of his head.


Hit-and-run of boy on bike leads to several charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls Boulevard man faces several charges after a hit-and-run incident Friday involving a 9-year-old boy on a bicycle.

Police said the boy, who was hit by a car about 5 p.m. at 22nd Street and LaSalle Avenue, was ordered into the car by the driver, who was acting belligerent. However, bystanders pulled the boy from the car, and the driver sped off, police added.

Lusher Wallace, 39, was charged with driving while intoxicated, numerous vehicle and traffic infractions, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana, said police, who added that a parole detainer was lodged against him.


3 accused of possessing crack cocaine

NIAGARA FALLS -- Three people were arrested Friday when authorities conducting "house checks" on area parolees found 8.8 grams of crack cocaine inside a Centre Avenue home, police said.

Alice N. Butler, 41, of the Centre Avenue address; Michael R. Rolle, 45, also of Centre Avenue; and Schandra W. Williams, 41, of Cleveland Avenue, were charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said.


Brief standoff ends with release of two

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Linwood Avenue man surrendered after a domestic incident turned into a brief standoff with police Friday afternoon.

James Moore, 18, barricaded himself inside his home about 3:30 p.m. after assaulting a woman and locking her and a 12-year-old girl inside the home, police said. Initial reports indicated Moore might have a handgun.

Police surrounded the home and, after the woman was released, Moore -- who was unarmed -- surrendered. He was charged with third-degree assault, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police said the woman suffered minor head injuries, and the girl was uninjured.


8 weekends, probation given in drug case

LOCKPORT -- A Shelby man who was arrested in the Town of Lockport June 26, 2006, with .82 ounces of crack cocaine was sentenced Thursday to five years' probation and four months of weekends in jail by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Brandon J. Turrell, 23, of Maple Ridge Road had admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

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