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Man, 47, gets probation, fine after DWI guilty plea

LOCKPORT -- A Cambria man who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated Wednesday in Niagara County Court was sentenced to three years of probation and fined $500.

Roger D. Beauchamp, 47, of Ridge Road, was arrested May 4 in Wilson. He pleaded guilty Aug. 13 before County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, who imposed the sentence.


Not-guilty plea entered to cocaine sale charges

LOCKPORT -- The sixth defendant in an alleged cocaine sales operation in Niagara Falls pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Marilyn Davidson, 45, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville, denied a charge of fourth-degree conspiracy.

Five men pleaded not guilty Friday in the case prosecuted by the state attorney general's Organized Crime Task Force. In a 26-count indictment based on information gathered through wiretapping, the prosecutors allege cocaine dealing in Niagara Falls between September and December 2007.

Also Wednesday, a defendant in a state cocaine sweep last year that netted 22 people was placed on five years' probation and fined $1,000 by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Michael J. Johnston, 34, of Haseley Drive, Town of Niagara, had admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.


Safe with jewelry valued at $6,000 stolen from home

APPLETON -- A safe containing jewelry valued at nearly $6,000 was stolen from a duplex in the 2300 block of Checkered Tavern Road, Niagara sheriff's deputies said.

The owner of the jewelry said she left her home for the morning and discovered the theft when she returned. A bedroom screen was found on the front walk, deputies said.


Attempt to rob cab driver brings term of 2 to 6 years

LOCKPORT -- A man who tried to rob a cab driver in Niagara Falls on June 4 was sentenced Wednesday to two to six years in prison by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Colum P. Black, 39, of Elderberry Place, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery. Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Black turned to drugs and alcohol after his wife and three children were killed in a 1990 auto crash.

Armed with a hammer, Black grabbed the cabbie from behind, but the cabbie got the hammer away from Black, who fled the cab, pulling out the microphone wire of the cab's radio with his foot in the process.

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