Lockport man pleads guilty to selling painkillers
LOCKPORT -- A Town of Lockport man pleaded guilty Thursday to selling painkillers.
Christopher J. Meden, 21, of Chestnut Drive in the Woodlands mobile home park, admitted to third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.
Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas admitted Meden to the judicial diversion program of court-
supervised drug treatment, with the promise of a reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor and a probation sentence if he succeeds. If Meden washes out of the program, he faces up to nine years in prison.
Meden was charged with selling oxycodone Sept. 6 and hydrocodone Sept. 14 in the Town of Lockport.
Falls man arraigned in home invasion
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Thursday in connection with a Jan. 23 home invasion on Willow Avenue in that city.
Deonte J. Brinson, 21, of Mackenna Avenue, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary, along with single counts of third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree grand larceny.
Also indicted on the same charges was Marcel M. Walker, 23, of Pierce Avenue. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Walker has not been apprehended, and a third man involved in the invasion has not been identified.
The female victim was threatened with a handgun and a rifle by the men, who allegedly tied her up and stole a laptop computer and three cellphones.
Former Lockport man arraigned on drug counts
LOCKPORT -- A former Lockport man now living in Trenton, N.J., was arraigned Thursday in Niagara County Court on a six-count drug indictment.
Frederick W. Lewis, 19, pleaded not guilty to three counts each of third-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance, pertaining to alleged crack cocaine sales in Lockport on Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 7, 2010.
Lewis was indicted in November. Assistant Public Defender Michele G. Bergevin said he was arrested this week when he returned to Lockport.
Crash after fleeing police produces multiple charges
NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man faces a long list of charges after he fled from police and crashed his car Wednesday evening on Military Road, city police said.
Diallo S. Johnson, 36, of Schauf Avenue, was charged just after 6:30 p.m. with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, unreasonable speed, reckless driving, no insurance or inspection, leaving the scene of an auto accident and passing a stop sign.
Johnson allegedly went through a stop sign in the 8200 block of Lindbergh Avenue, then refused to stop for patrol. He allegedly cut across a parking lot and onto Military Road without stopping for police, then turned south onto Military Road. Police said the chase was called off, but officers soon found Johnson's Mustang crashed into a guardrail at Military Road and Cayuga Drive.
The pursuit continued on foot. A perimeter was set up in the area, and Johnson was found hiding on a porch in the 1000 block of 87th Street and arrested.
Not-guilty plea entered to drug indictment
LOCKPORT -- Bonito P. Medina, 29, of Comstock Avenue, Buffalo, pleaded not guilty to a drug indictment this week in Niagara County Court.
Medina is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana.
Medina was caught Oct. 28 when police executed a search warrant at a home on 19th Street in Niagara Falls, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said. Medina allegedly had 0.71 ounces of cocaine he intended to sell.
Man admits shoplifting bike to sell and buy drugs
NIAGARA FALLS -- A suspected shoplifter not only walked out of a store in broad daylight without paying for a bicycle Wednesday, but also told police of his plans -- to sell the stolen bike to support a drug habit.
Steven H. Heylek, 30, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, was charged with petit larceny just after noon Wednesday at the Target store on Niagara Falls Boulevard, city police reported.
A store employee said Heylek took the $313 mountain bike from the sales floor and then walked out the main entrance. He was stopped and charged, telling police that he was going to sell the bike to a man he knows for $140 so that he could buy drugs, according to a police report.
7 weed whackers stolen from Recreation Dept.
WHEATFIELD -- Seven weed whackers were reported stolen from a Town of Wheatfield Recreation Department garage on Nash Road this week.
Town recreation director Edward M. Sturgeon told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Wednesday that the weed whackers, with a total value of $2,600, were taken from a garage. Sturgeon said individuals have been performing community service in the facility in recent weeks and had access to the garage.