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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Falls teen charged in cab driver robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls teenager was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on charges of taking part in the robbery of a cab driver July 30 with a youth who was charged with killing a cabbie in another holdup.

Devell D. Carter, 16, of Jordan Gardens, pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree robbery and one count of fourth-degree conspiracy. He remains free on a $7,500 bail bond posted in Niagara Falls City Court.

Co-defendant Anthony N. Adams, 16, of Cleveland Avenue, faces an 18-count indictment accusing him of four cabbie robberies, the last of which ended with the shooting death of Thomas Zacher, 55, of 18th Street on Aug. 20.

Yet to be arraigned in the case is a 15-year-old who will be tried as an adult. His name has not yet been released.

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Newfane teen admits to burglary attempt

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane teenager pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to attempted third-degree burglary in a March 24 attempt to break into the garage at a Fuller Road home in Newfane.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza set sentencing for Jan. 29 for Jared T. Sopiak, 17, of Ide Road.

Tipped off about plans for the burglary, the homeowner kept watch from a recreational vehicle in the driveway, and Sopiak was arrested at the scene.

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Driver who fought with officer sentenced

LOCKPORT -- A man who fought with a Lockport police officer while the officer's patrol car was stolen was sentenced Monday to 1 1/2 to three years in prison by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Seraka J. Green, 33, of Lincoln Place had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault for battling Officer Kevin Lucinski on Jan. 19 on Gooding Street, where Lucinski had pulled him over for a traffic infraction. As they fought, Green's passenger, Samantha J. Danley, 17, of Genesee Street, stole Lucinski's car.

She later jumped out on Walnut Street while the vehicle was in gear, and it crashed into a garage door at a tire store, causing $3,000 in damage. Danley has been sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison.

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