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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Lockport man arraigned in attempted home invasion

LOCKPORT -- A man who allegedly tried to force his way into an apartment on Saxton Street in Lockport on Nov. 5 was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court.

Eddie A. James, 40, of East Avenue, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to attempted second-degree criminal trespass, third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said James allegedly fought with police officers called by the resident of the apartment. Police said they found crack cocaine and marijuana on James after he was subdued.

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Orleans County man admits drug dealing in Royalton

LOCKPORT -- An Orleans County man pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to selling drugs in Royalton.

Steven M. Skorik, 47, of Ridge Road, Ridgeway, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas agreed to sentence him to no more than a year in jail when he returns to court Aug. 10.

Skorik sold hydrocodone to a police informant on Rochester Road April 21 and May 13.

In another drug case Friday, Sharee R. Bailey, 20, of Vern Lane, Cheektowaga, pleaded not guilty to third-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance. She allegedly sold cocaine in North Tonawanda Oct. 3.

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Man facing DWI sentencing admits to second incidence

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man who faces sentencing Monday in Mayville on drunken driving charges pleaded guilty Friday to a felony DWI count in Niagara County Court.

Michael B. Mosher, 29, of Ohio Avenue, was arrested June 7 on Schenck Street in the Lumber City, where police measured his blood alcohol content at 0.16 percent.

Mosher already had pleaded guilty to felony and misdemeanor DWI in two separate Chautauqua County cases. His sentence there will determine what Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III will do with Mosher at his sentencing June 1 in Lockport.

Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said if Mosher is sentenced to state prison in Chautauqua County, Murphy will impose a concurrent sentence. But if the Chautauqua sentence is a year in the local jail, Murphy could add a year to that for the North Tonawanda offense.

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Copper taken, damage put at $10,000 at Falls motel

NIAGARA FALLS -- A motel owner opening up for the summer season found more than $10,000 in damage and copper theft in a number of rooms Thursday.

The theft was reported at a motel in the 8700 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard.

The victim said he arrived to begin cleaning for the season and when he entered the room he found that a window had been smashed to gain entry. Inside someone had smashed out a bathroom wall and removed all of the copper plumbing in the bathroom, damaging the sink, toilet and shower.

Once inside, the person smashed through the wall to gain entry to an adjacent room and did the same damage to the walls and copper plumbing. The suspect or suspects continued to work their way through the rooms, damaging and stealing copper.

Cable TV wires were also cut in the rear of the building. Damages and loss was listed at $10,350. The theft reportedly happened sometime over the past week, police reported.

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Man admits to break-in for can of Guinness

LOCKPORT -- A man who broke into a Lockport home and stole only a can of Guinness from the refrigerator pleaded guilty this week in Niagara County Court.

Bennie N. Carter, 35, of West Avenue, was admitted by Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas into the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary.

Police reports said Carter was tied to the Sept. 22 Prospect Street break-in by his fingerprints, found on a light bulb that had been unscrewed in the house.

Carter's record includes being sent back to prison five times on successive parole violations following a 1994 robbery conviction, Farkas said.

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NFTA officer disarms man with knife on Metro Bus

A Johnson Park man who allegedly threatened other passengers on a Metro Bus with a knife late Friday afternoon was arrested by Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police Officer Vinni Mancino.

Roland O. Coles, 52, was arrested as he got off the city bus at Main and Utica streets at about 5:50 p.m. He is being held on a charge of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the three-inch knife he allegedly used to threaten other passengers.

Coles, facing a Buffalo City Court arraignment this morning, also is charged with second-degree menacing and disorderly conduct.

Mancino responded to a radio call about people fighting on the bus and quickly disarmed Coles.