>Shot that entered home believed fired by hunter
LOCKPORT -- A stray bullet believed to be from a deer hunter struck a home in the 5700 block of Stone Road on Monday, penetrating a dining room window, wall and picture before hitting a mirror, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.
Damage was estimated at $900. The homeowner said he heard a gun discharge and the window break and told his wife to get down.
Deputies, who believe a Lockport man hunting nearby fired the shot, confiscated a shotgun loaded with two rounds and referred the case the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Charges were not filed at the time.
>Teen in robbery try sent to youth facility
LOCKPORT -- A 17-year-old Niagara Falls girl convicted of armed robbery was sentenced Wednesday to four years in custody by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.
Arielle D. Bones, 17, of Augustus Place will begin her sentence in a state Division for Youth facility.
Bones identified an accomplice when she pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery for taking part in the Nov. 29 armed theft of $50 from a man at Seventh and Niagara streets in Niagara Falls. The accomplice has not been arrested.
Broderick said Bones may not have been armed in this instance, but she has weapons possession charges on her record. "If you're big enough to carry a gun, you're big enough to carry a felony rap around," the judge said as he denied Bones' request for youthful offender status.
>Drug dealer receives 5 years' probation
LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on Wednesday sentenced a Niagara Falls drug dealer to five years' probation.
Jamil T. Marable, 30, of Tennessee Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine at Fashion Outlets USA in the Town of Niagara on July 21, 2006.
In another case, Peter T. Jackson, 38, formerly of Willow Street, Lockport, was fined $1,000 and sentenced to five years' probation for his guilty plea to a felony count of driving while intoxicated. Jackson, who now lives in Albany, where he underwent alcohol rehabilitation, was arrested April 17, 2006, in Lockport.
>Rape case ends in plea to weapons possession
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who had faced a rape charge pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to a weapons possession charge also lodged in that case.
Fred Allen III, 42, of LaSalle Avenue was promised a sentence of two to four years in prison, the minimum for the crime, as part of the plea. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza will make it official Jan. 11.
Allen was charged with raping a 52-year-old woman at knifepoint Nov. 30, 2006, in a vacant house on Linwood Avenue in Niagara Falls. Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said there were problems with the evidence to prove the rape, but the charge of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon was the second most-serious count in the indictment.
>Stolen safe contained painkillers, diamond ring
CAMBRIA -- A 60-year-old woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies she had been keeping her painkillers in a safe, but someone stole the entire safe from her Shenk Road home on Tuesday.
The safe also contained a cell phone valued at $379 and a diamond/opal ring valued at $700, deputies said.
>Man accused of pointing rifle at student
WILSON -- A Lincoln Avenue man charged with menacing is accused of pointing an assault rifle to the head of a high school student Tuesday.
Timothy R. Moberg, 28, was arraigned in Wilson Court and held in lieu of $500 bail. An order of protection also was issued, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.
The victim, 18, told deputies he rode his bicycle to the parking lot of a Lake Road restaurant at 6:30 a.m., when Moberg yelled at him and pointed the rifle with attached laser at him.
He said Moberg ordered him to identify himself and threatened to take the safety off the rifle.
>Refrigerator stolen from unoccupied home
NEWFANE -- A refrigerator was stolen from an unoccupied home in the 2800 block of West Creek Road sometime in the past two weeks, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.
The son of the owner said his parents are living in Florida and the house was for sale. He told deputies damage to a window that was broken totals $200 and the refrigerator was valued at $800.