>Woman offered plea deal in fatal car crash
LOCKPORT -- A woman whose car crashed on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation May 19, killing her cousin, has been offered a plea bargain, but her attorney said Monday he doesn't want to accept it until he knows who the sentencing judge will be.
Elexis K. Printup, 21, of Mount Hope Road on the reservation, is under indictment on second-degree manslaughter and eight other counts, including driving under the combined influence of alcohol and cocaine.
Court papers said Printup's car was chasing another vehicle on Upper Mountain Road on the reservation at about 3 a.m. May 19 and after passing the other vehicle, went out of control, struck two trees east of Green Road and burst into flames. Passenger Cyril R. Printup, 24, was killed. Elexis Printup suffered a broken leg.
Assistant District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said in Niagara County Court on Monday that on Oct. 1, he offered Printup's attorney, Daniel DuBois, a plea bargain to criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.
The plea offer would leave Printup facing a maximum of four years in prison. But Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., who presided Monday, is retiring Dec. 31 and will be out of office by the time of sentencing, which usually occurs six to eight weeks after a guilty plea.
Broderick's elected successor is Matthew J. Murphy III, the current district attorney, but he is barred from hearing as a judge any cases currently being prosecuted by his staff.
DuBois said, "Without knowing who the sentencing judge is going to be, I'd like time to discuss it with that judge." The case was postponed to Jan. 11 before a judge to be named later.
>Two plead not guilty to drug charges
LOCKPORT -- Two people pleaded not guilty to separate drug indictments Monday in Niagara County Court.
Ulford G. Jenkins Jr., 36, of Trowbridge Street, Lockport, denied charges of third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested July 19 in Hartland and accused of having .18 ounces of cocaine with the intention of selling it, as well as a small amount of marijuana.
Karen G. Wyatt, 41, of Maple Road, Amherst, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree sale and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. She is accused of selling hydrocodone pills to a police informant Aug. 2 in the Town of Lockport.
>Woman pleads guilty to robberies, assault
LOCKPORT -- A woman charged with three Niagara Falls robberies pleaded guilty to three felonies Monday in Niagara County Court and faces a maximum of 26 years in prison.
Jolene A. Hill, 20, of 23rd Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted first-degree robbery, second-degree assault and fourth-degree grand larceny. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for Jan. 15.
Hill admitted robbing a man of $500 at gunpoint behind Donatello's Restaurant on Third Street and stabbing a man in the arms during a break-in at a home on Armory Place, both April 4. On March 27, Hill stole a man's wallet on Eighth Street.
>Three suffer minor injuries in 3-vehicle collision
LOCKPORT -- Three vehicles collided, one of them overturning, shortly before 5 p.m. Monday at Davison Road and Independence Drive, police said.
Fire officials said three people were hurt, all of whom suffered minor injuries. They were David Bentley, 40, of Broad Street, City of Tonawanda; Jennifer Tatro, 34, of O'Connor Drive, and Christina Bennett, 38, of Davison Road. Bennett declined treatment, while the others were taken to Lockport Memorial Hospital for treatment of back and knee pain.
Police said Bentley was the only driver ticketed; the charges were not available.
>Gunfire follows armed robbery
Two Buffalo men escaped injury Sunday afternoon when they came under a hail of shots fired from a rifle during a robbery, police said.
The men were on Milburn Street at about 2:15 p.m. when two men approached them, one with the rifle and one with a knife, Northeast District police reported. The robbers made off with about $1,000 worth of clothing and cash, police said.