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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Woman gets year in jail for having sex with boy, 14

LOCKPORT -- A former Lockport woman was sentenced Tuesday to a year in Niagara County Jail for having sex with a 14-year-old boy.

Debra M. Wise, 31, now of Wilson, had pleaded guilty to third-degree rape, also known as statutory rape, and endangering the welfare of a child.

She was caught with the boy on the night of June 4 in a wooded area off West Genesee Street in Lockport by a police officer who heard noises while questioning another teenager who appeared drunk.

"It seems to me that if the genders were reversed," County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III said, "there's no question there would be a jail sentence, and I think a jail sentence is deserved here."

Wise also will have to register as a sex offender; the level of classification will be determined shortly before she is relased from jail.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict argued for a 10-year probation term, noting that Wise had no prior criminal record and had a drinking problem. Benedict said Wise tried to check herself into a rehabilitation clinic but was barred because of lack of insurance.

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>Man pleads not guilty in theft of city golf cart

LOCKPORT -- Bail was set at $10,000 Tuesday for a Niagara Falls man who pleaded not guilty to an indictment accusing him of a burglary and the theft of a city-owned golf cart.

Zachary L. Craig, 23, of 18th Street, appeared in Niagara County Court for arraignment on charges of third-degree burglary and petit larceny connected with a June 13 house burglary on 20th Street. He also is charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and second-degree criminal mischief in the alleged theft of a golf cart from the Hyde Park course June 30, 2009.

Jeffrey Chamberlain, 18, of 24th Street, still faces charges in both incidents. Samuel Hopkins, 22, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property in the golf cart case and is awaiting sentencing Jan. 26 in Niagara Falls City Court.

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>Cause remains uncertain in fire that destroyed home

CAMBRIA -- The cause of a four-alarm fire that destroyed a home at 4292 Ridge Road about 3:30 p.m. Monday remains under investigation.

However, the homeowner, Albert Schultz, 55, told Niagara County sheriff's deputies he believes the fire started in a wood stove, deputies said. Firefighters from Cambria, Pekin, South Wilson and Wrights Corners fought the blaze.

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>Pleas of not guilty entered in cocaine sales

LOCKPORT -- Two Niagara Falls men accused of selling cocaine to police informants pleaded not guilty at their arraignments on separate indictments Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Terrell D. Thomas, 19, of Lockport Street, is charged with one count of second-degree sale, two counts of third-degree sale and three counts of third-degree possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold more than half an ounce of cocaine May 26 and less than half an ounce May 5, with both deals occurring in Niagara Falls, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said.

Travis D. Davis, 25, of Welch Avenue, is charged with two counts each of third-degree sale and third- and fourth-degree possession. He is accused of selling cocaine May 12 in the City of Lockport and May 21 in the Town of Lockport.

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>Man pleads not guilty in gun possession case

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to a gun possession charge.

Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said a video camera mounted in a Niagara Falls police car captured Robert Caffee, 22, of Woodlawn Avenue, throwing the gun out a car window on 24th Street Oct. 10. Hoffmann said Caffee, who is charged with third-degree weapons possession, was being followed by an officer who saw him leaving the scene of a domestic violence complaint.

In another arraignment, John L. Wanderlich, 52, of Robinson Road, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and inadequate headlights. He was arrested on Robinson Road July 30 by a sheriff's deputy who stopped his car because a headlight was out.

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>Felony DWI charge lodged in traffic stop

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 17th Street man charged with felony driving while intoxicated and reckless driving was arrested for speeding and running several stop signs on 30th Street just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.

James B. DeLong, 26, also convicted of DWI in 2005, was driving with a revoked license when stopped at 19th Street and Walnut Avenue.

"Arrest me -- I'm too drunk to drive," police said he told them.

DeLong also was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, two counts of disobeying a stop sign, failure to stop and refusing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

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