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Lewiston man avoids jail in Falls break-in

LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man who took part in an Aug. 31 break-in at an abandoned business in Niagara Falls was sentenced Thursday to three years’ probation and 10 days in the Niagara County work program.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III also ordered Gerald Welker, 28, of Upper Mountain Road, to pay at least $175 a month toward a $5,000 restitution tab shared by Welker and co-defendant Nicholas McConnaughey, 43, of the City of Tonawanda.

McConnaughey pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree burglary and was admitted to a court-supervised drug treatment program. The crime occurred at the Highland Technology Park on Highland Avenue, where police interrupted what they charged was a theft of metal objects.

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