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Falls copper thief succeeds in diversion; case dismissed

LOCKPORT – Charges were dismissed Friday against a Niagara Falls man who succeeded in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, thus expunging his conviction for cutting down copper pipes in a vacant house.

Cameron A. Paul, 21, of 19th Street, committed no infractions in diversion, which he started after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary in December 2013. The crime occurred June 20, 2013, on Haeberle Avenue in the Falls.

Murphy said dismissing a diversion case was a first for him. “I’ve never done that before, but I’ve never had anybody who’s done as well as you,” the judge told Paul.

In another case before Murphy Friday, Anthony J. Pettitt, 23, of 78th Street, Niagara Falls, was sentenced to 10 months in jail after violating probation on his guilty plea to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested in a raid on his then-home on 24th Street in the Falls Nov. 26, 2012, when police found cocaine and oxymorphone.