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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Girl, 9, reports she was followed by a van

NEWFANE -- A 9-year-old girl reported Tuesday night that she had been followed by the driver of a black van with tinted windows late last week.

The Niagara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle on Coomer Road between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Friday.

The 9-year-old told deputies she was riding her bicycle in the grass between an orchard and Coomer Road when she noticed a van on Coomer Road was following her. The girl said she got scared, dropped her bike and then began running down the orchard path.

She said the vehicle turned down Cherry Croft Lane and drove off the road, onto the grass and into the orchard, continuing to follow her. She said when she stopped, the vehicle stopped, and then drove forward when she ran. The girl told deputies she hid in the orchard until the van left, then ran to the home of a nearby relative.

The vehicle is described as a full-sized black van with all of the windows tinted. The girl told deputies she was unable to see the driver, or if anyone else was in the van.

Anyone who has seen such a vehicle is asked to call deputies at 438-3393.

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Burglary suspect faces additional felony charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- A South Avenue man found with stolen property faces additional felony charges for his role in several city break-ins, according to police reports.

Anthony M. Loverdi, 20, was arrested at his home Tuesday and charged with felony second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, petit larceny and felony criminal possession of stolen property for his role in a burglary in the 400 block of 75th Street on March 16.

He faces additional charges of criminal possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools and possession of a police radio involving a break-in in the 2700 block of LaSalle Avenue, police said.

Loverdi also was charged April 27 with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felony counts, for his alleged role in a burglary in the 1400 block of Wyoming Avenue, also on March 16.

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Burglar, 19, admitted to treatment program

LOCKPORT -- A 19-year-old Town of Niagara burglar was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program Wednesday, but Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas doubts the burglar will succeed.

"I'm not optimistic," Farkas told Jordan A. Waldeck of Liberty Avenue, who admitted that he entered a mobile home in Sabre Park on Sept. 22.

Waldeck said he had a $100-a-day drug habit, which he financed by stealing. He also said he has washed out of four or five drug treatment programs in the past.

His sentence for third-degree burglary will include $1,700 in restitution and up to seven years in prison, unless Waldeck succeeds in the judicial diversion program. Then the charge would be reduced to a misdemeanor with a probation term.

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Lookout in burglary gets two-year prison term

LOCKPORT -- A man who acted as a lookout in a burglary at a Niagara Falls police officer's house was sentenced to two years in state prison Wednesday by State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.

Daryl L. Ford, 20, of 34th Street in the Falls, also will face three years of post-release supervision and a restitution tab of $1,675, or half the value of the officer's losses.

The stolen items included the officer's police weapon, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun, as well as another handgun and other personal property.

Co-defendant Rahseen T. Ubiles, 19, of Jordan Gardens, Niagara Falls, who was charged with breaking into the officer's home twice and committing two other burglaries, is facing a five-year prison term June 8.

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Guilty plea entered to theft of copper pipes

LOCKPORT -- A Rochester man who stole copper pipes from vacant houses in Wilson and Cambria on Feb. 19 pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Leslie T. Luxon, 40, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas could impose a four-year prison term when Luxon is sentenced Aug. 15.

Luxon has entered a drug treatment program, and Farkas said she will consider that when deciding whether to imprison Luxon, who agreed to pay restitution of $3,820.

Co-defendant Donald M. Walls, 32, of Rochester, is to appear before Farkas on May 24. The burglaries occurred on Cambria-Wilson Road in Wilson and Lower Mountain Road in Cambria. Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said a GPS unit in the suspects' auto was programmed with the addresses of houses listed for sale and assumed to be vacant.

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Tractor-trailer rolls over in bridge staging area

Emergency crews were kept busy Wednesday afternoon, after a tractor-trailer rolled over on the Fort Erie, Ont. side of the Peace Bridge.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was hurt when his vehicle rolled over at about 1:15 p.m. in the commercial vehicle staging area, police said.