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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Lockport man denies role in apartment invasion

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport man has pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court to charges that he took part in an armed invasion of a Locust Street apartment April 3.

Antonio Clark, 20, of Prospect Street, is charged with six counts of first-degree robbery, five counts of first-degree burglary, two counts each of fourth-degree conspiracy, second-degree robbery and second-degree assault and one count of second-degree burglary.

Previously arraigned on the same charges were co-defendants Rakeem J. Golson, 17, of Evans Street, and Amy L. Bower, 30, of North Adam Street. According to the indictment, Bower entered a man's apartment first, leaving the door unlocked, and Golson and Clark entered moments later, one with a pistol and the other with a knife.

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No signs of foul play in body found in lake

PORTER -- Niagara County authorities were able to rule out any signs of foul play Monday after an autopsy was performed on a young woman's body found Sunday morning in Lake Ontario.

However, they were still unable to make any identification and will be looking to the public for help.

Coroner Russell Jackman described the woman as black, with long black hair. She had been in the water for about 30 days, and Jackman said she did not go over the falls.

Jackman said investigators had no missing persons reports in New York State that matched the body but were still exploring possible missing persons with Canadian authorities.

The body, found at the shoreline near Lake and Porter Center roads, is the fourth person found in the water in Porter this year. Jackman said the flow in that stretch of water along the lake is responsible for bodies being found in that area.

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Indictment names man in molesting of children

LOCKPORT -- David W. Ferry Jr., 38, of the Cayuga Village mobile home park, Town of Niagara, was indicted last week by a Niagara County grand jury on 10 counts charging him with molesting three children at various times from 1996 to earlier this year.

The indictment includes four counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, three counts of forcible touching, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree sexual abuse. Ferry pleaded not guilty.

The alleged victims were two boys. Court papers said one allegedly was assaulted between 1996 and 1999, the other between 2000 and 2002. Also listed as a victim was a girl who allegedly had contact with Ferry from 1996 to 2003 and again this year.

On Oct. 16, Ferry pleaded not guilty to a separate indictment accusing him of predatory sexual assault for allegedly molesting a 6-year-old girl Aug. 31 in the Town of Lockport.

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Falls man arraigned in armed robberies

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Monday in City Court, charged in a string of armed robberies during an 11-hour period along Route 62 and the Niagara Falls Boulevard area over the weekend.

Devon S. Grandin, 28, of Pasadena Avenue, was ordered held in the Niagara County Jail on $18,500 bail. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree robbery, one count of third-degree robbery and four counts of petit larceny.

Grandin is suspected in five robberies and accused of using a handgun and knife late Friday through early Saturday. One of the robberies took place at Bruno's Mobil on Pine Avenue, and four more occurred in the 9000 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard, at the Sand's Motel, the Best Western Summit Inn and the Laundry Lounge, as well as a Noco gas station.

The Noco station is at Williams Road and Niagara Falls Boulevard in Wheatfield, and charges of attempted robbery in that case are pending by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office. Police said that robbery was foiled when a clerk hit the alarm button.

Off-duty Niagara Falls Police Officer Thomas Rodriguez is credited for spotting Grandin at the Bit O' Paris Motel on Niagara Falls Boulevard, where Grandin was surrounded and caught Saturday morning.

Had he not been caught, the motel may have been Grandin's sixth target, Niagara Falls Chief of Detectives Capt. Ernest C. Palmer said.

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