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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Deputy to serve weekends in jail in threat case

A former Orleans County sheriff's deputy who had originally faced a battery of charges for threatening his estranged wife -- a county assistant district attorney -- with a gun will begin serving weekends in jail Friday.

Jason M. Silleman, 38, was sentenced Wednesday in Orleans County Court on two misdemeanor counts of violating orders of protection.

He had faced a 42-count indictment which included felony gun charges and two criminal contempt charges, all related to an incident April 11, 2011, involving his wife, Susan M. Silleman, at their home in the Town of Carlton.

The case was moved to Genesee County due to the conflict, and Jason Silleman took a plea deal on Feb. 21. He also agreed to resign his job as a deputy as part of the plea.

The case was moved back to Orleans County Court for sentencing. County Judge Robert C. Noonan could have sentenced Silleman to a total of two years in jail, one year on each count, but sentenced him to four months of "intermittent incarceration," weekends in jail, and three years probation.

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Deputy on extended leave tracks reckless driver

NEWFANE -- A Niagara County sheriff's deputy who has been on extended leave after being injured last year when he tried to respond to the scene of a drunken driving report, was able to catch a reckless driver Monday night on Charlotteville Road.

Allen A. Gerhardt, who lost both his legs when he crashed into a guardrail on Lake Road on July 18, told deputies that at 6 p.m. Monday he saw a reckless motorcycle driver speeding up and down the street and then saw something fall in the road, which turned out to be the driver's wallet.

The wallet belonged to Lee D. Smith III, 22, of Hess Road, who deputies said had two active warrants and a suspended license.

Smith's motorcycle was found parked behind a neighboring house, which belonged to his sister, and deputies said Lee fled when he was located on his sister's back porch.

Deputies used a Taser to bring Smith into custody, according to a sheriff's report.

Smith was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, driving a motor vehicle without a license, and operating without insurance and registration.

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Man gets one to three years for slashing friend

LOCKPORT -- A man who slashed a friend's neck and face with a box cutter in a drunken argument was sentenced Wednesday to one to three years in state prison.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas imposed the sentence on Leonard F. Janis III, 45, of 72nd Street, Niagara Falls.

Janis had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault for the Oct. 22 attack in what attorneys said was an argument between the men over whether the proceeds of nickel bottle returns should have been spent on more beer or on food for Janis' cat.

Public Defender David J. Farrugia told Farkas that after the slashing, both men sat down to have another beer until Janis noticed the blood on his friend's face.

"Mr. Janis forthrightly admitted that he had a substantial alcohol problem," Farrugia said.

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Man who burned girlfriend gets 5-year prison term

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Lockport man who burned his girlfriend with a lit cigarette was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison followed by five years of post-release supervision.

State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. said he erroneously had promised Andrew D. Kinder on March 13 that he would receive three years of post-release supervision, but Kinder declined Kloch's offer to withdraw his guilty plea and take the case to trial.

Kinder, 27, of Robinson Road, had pleaded guilty to second-degree assault. The crime against the 19-year-old woman occurred Jan. 29.

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Large brush fire doused in Krull Park

OLCOTT -- A large brush fire was spotted in a southeast field in Krull Park on Tuesday night by several volunteer firefighters who were across the street playing baseball.

The Olcott and Barker volunteer fire companies were called to the scene just after 6:30 p.m. to extinguish the fire.

Olcott Fire Company Chief Steven Miller told Niagara County sheriff's deputies that some of the volunteer firefighters saw a dark green Jeep Cherokee with Wisconsin license plates leaving the scene but were unsure if the driver was a spectator or a suspect.

The cause of the fire remained unknown on Wednesday.

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Plea of guilty entered in sale of oxymorphone

LOCKPORT -- A Barker man who sold oxymorphone last year in Olcott and Wrights Corners pleaded guilty Wednesday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas, who set sentencing for Aug. 22.

Matthew A. Woodruff, 25, of Quaker Road, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Woodruff sold the drug Aug. 22 in Krull Park, Olcott, and Oct. 5 outside the Tops Market in Wrights Corners.