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>Masked gunman robs Lewiston bank branch

LEWISTON -- The First Niagara bank branch at 505 Center St. was held up about 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

The gunman, whose face was covered with a white cloth and who displayed a handgun, demanded cash from a bank employee, Lewiston police and state troopers said. The robber fled on foot after obtaining an undetermined sum of cash, police added.

Police described the bandit as a white or Hispanic man in his early 20s, about 6-foot-5 with an average build and dark eyes, wearing a gray, hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and dark shoes with white gloves.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 297-8730.


>2 men rob apartment, ransack baby's bedroom

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two men robbed an apartment on the 1300 block of North Avenue with a sawed-off shotgun and ransacked a baby's bedroom looking for money early Tuesday, a city woman told police.

The 26-year-old woman told officers she was asleep in her bedroom shortly after 6 a.m. when the two men, whom she did not know, entered and demanded money. When the woman told them she did not have any money, the men searched through her bedroom and the bedroom of a 1-year-old in the apartment.

The men fled after taking $200 from the women's purse, the victim told police. Officers believe the men entered and exited through an unlocked side door at the home.

An investigation was continuing.


>2 North Tonawanda men indicted in separate cases

LOCKPORT -- Two North Tonawanda men -- one accused of assaulting a police officer, the other charged with selling drugs -- have been indicted in separate cases, the Niagara County district attorney's office disclosed Monday.

Clifford B. McCarty, 27, of Miller Street, was indicted by a grand jury on charges of second-degree assault, second-degree obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

McCarty was arrested June 6 and charged with tangling with North Tonawanda Police Officer Kevin Mang.

Benjamin D. Mattucci, 26, of Payne Avenue, is charged with third-degree sale and third-, fourth- and seventh-degree possession of controlled substances. He was arrested June 17 in North Tonawanda and accused of intending to sell .21 ounces of cocaine and also having some hydrocodone pills.

In another indictment, Roderic Madore, 55, of Lincoln Place, Lockport, was charged with third-degree burglary. He allegedly broke into another apartment in his building June 25.


>Judge orders DNA sample from murder suspect

LOCKPORT -- Murder suspect Anthony N. Adams was ordered Tuesday to give a DNA sample prosecutors can try to match with a cap left near the scene of a cab robbery July 30 -- a cap that hasn't been tested yet to see if there's really any DNA on it.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza granted the prosecution's request that Adams, 16, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, submit to a swab of the inside of his cheek. Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said the victim in a July 30 cab robbery on 14th Street in Niagara Falls saw three males leave the porch of a home and approach her vehicle. The homeowner says the cap isn't his, Hoffmann said.

Defense attorney James M. Perry objected to the DNA request.

Hoffmann said the cap will be tested, but the process takes about a month. "It obviously belongs to one of the three individuals who were there," she said. One of the co-defendants in the holdups, Devell D. Carter, 16, has already given a DNA sample, and a 15-year-old who is to be arraigned Friday and tried as an adult also will be asked to do so, Hoffmann said.


>Crack cocaine possession brings plea bargain

LOCKPORT -- Theresa M. Peckham, 43, of 19th Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance -- 2.6 grams of crack cocaine.
Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. agreed to a plea-bargain that limits Peckham's possible prison time to 18 months. She is to be sentenced Jan 25, after Broderick's retirement at the end of this year. Peckham was arrested Nov. 9, 2006, in Niagara Falls.


>Sentence set in ramming of two State Police cars

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who rammed two State Police cars with his own auto in an attempt to get away after a high-speed chase was sentenced to one to three years in state prison Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
Jesse B. Beasock, 24, of Expressway Village, was recommended for the boot camplike "shock incarceration" program, which would parole him in six months if he is successful there.
Beasock led police on a chase down Interstate 190 May 10, during which speeds topped 100 mph. Prosecutors said troopers were chasing Beasock because they thought he was a suspect in a robbery in Buffalo, which Beasock turned out to have nothing to do with. However, urine tests found drugs in his system. He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal mischief.

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