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Guilty plea entered in shooting outside bar

LOCKPORT -- Vincent L. Robinson of Niagara Falls pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to attempted second-degree assault in a July 5 shooting outside a Niagara Falls bar.

Robinson, 28, of Ashland Avenue, faces up to four years in prison. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for Jan. 24.

Robinson was charged with shooting Jheryl Carter in the leg after a fight in the bar.


Closing arguments in Cain case delayed

Closing arguments in the David Cain Jr. racketeering case have been put off until at least Monday because of legal disputes over the charge that U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara will give to jurors.

The closing arguments in the trial were scheduled for Thursday, but the judge delayed them after disputes over his charge arose between federal prosecutors and defense attorneys. He will hear arguments over those issues today.

The trial of Cain Jr., 37, his brother, Christopher Cain, 34, of Somerset, and their cousin Jamie Soha, 31, of Lockport, began Oct. 18. The three men deny government allegations that they committed arson and extortion in an effort to hurt competitors in tree trimming and logging businesses in Niagara and Orleans counties.


Inept drug dealer sentenced to probation

LOCKPORT -- Before placing him on five years' probation, Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. remarked Thursday on Todd M. Sanney Jr.'s ineptitude as a drug dealer.

"The fact of the matter is, you weren't very good at what you were doing. You were an easy catch for drug enforcement," Broderick told Sanney, 24, of Willow Street, Lockport, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Sanney was arrested April 21, 2006, following a drug arrest in Erie County, where he also was subsequently placed on probation. After officers stopped him in a car, Sanney allowed police to search his home, and they found 105 pills of the drug Ecstasy.


Guilty plea in drug case brings three-year term

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who had cocaine with him when police stopped his car last year was sentenced Tuesday in Niagara County Court to three years in prison.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sent Donald R. Patterson III, 28, of Sixth Street, to prison for his guilty plea to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Patterson had about half an ounce of cocaine when police pulled his vehicle over on Nov. 24, 2006, on Pine Avenue because the light over the rear license plate was out.


Robberies net term in prison, guilty plea

LOCKPORT -- One Niagara Falls robber was sent to prison and another pleaded guilty in separate cases Thursday before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Rhyan O. Stewart, 35, of South Avenue drew three years in prison for a reduced charge of attempted second-degree robbery. He admitted taking part in a Jan. 25 break-in and armed robbery at the Budget Inn on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls.

Two men -- one armed with a shotgun -- took $1,200 from a man and a woman in a room at the motel.

The other robber, Cordarise M. Houston, 18, is serving seven years in prison.

Lester L. Scarbrough Jr., 23, of Elmwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, also pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery and was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 24. Armed with a shotgun, Scarbrough made off with $540 Sept. 6 from the Sunoco Express gas station on Main Street in Niagara Falls.


Probation violations lead to prison term

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. finally ran out of patience Thursday with Nita L. Snyder, a serial probation violator whom he sent to state prison for 20 months to five years.

Snyder, 31, of Isherwood Drive, Town of Niagara, was on probation simultaneously in three different cases but couldn't stay off drugs.

Posing as a nurse practitioner, Snyder obtained 30 hydrocodone tablets June 13, 2006, from Wilson Community Pharmacy. She stole money from a Town of Niagara doctor's office May 25, 2006. She broke into a home on Pine Street in Lockport and stole a check May 25, 2005, and tried to fill a forged prescription on Oct. 28, 2004.


Drunken driver gets wide-ranging sentence

LOCKPORT -- Frank J. Marino, 32, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, drew a wide-ranging sentence Thursday from Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. in a felony case of driving while intoxicated.

Broderick placed Marino on probation for five years but also ordered him to serve 10 weekends in jail and 20 days in the county work program, pay a $1,000 fine and attend mental health court in Niagara Falls. Marino was pulled over Jan. 30 in Niagara Falls. Broderick said it was Marino's fourth drunken-driving arrest.

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