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Violent felon charged with dealing crack

LOCKPORT – A Niagara Falls man who has two previous violent felony convictions was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on a new indictment accusing him of two crack cocaine sales in the Falls.

Timothy J. Ellison, 31, of Garden Avenue, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of third-degree criminal sale and possession of a controlled substance. County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ordered him held in lieu of $3,000 bail.

The alleged drug sales to police informants wearing recording devices occurred Nov. 25, 2013, and Jan. 15, 2014, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said. Ellison was convicted in 2007 of second-degree assault and attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and served more than four years in prison, including time on a parole violation. Ellison shot two men on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls July 1, 2006, and on Aug. 16, 2006, fired at a man he was chasing along 19th Street in the Falls. The bullet missed, but the intended target tripped and fell, breaking his arm.