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Pair arrested in Wheatfield stabbings

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LOCKPORT – A Lockport woman whose sister died of a drug overdose last year pleaded guilty Thursday to felony possession of methamphetamine.

Justine D. Crawford, 26, of Hawley Street, told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon of the tragedy as she was pleading guilty to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

“And yet you used drugs?” the judge asked.

“Stupidly, yes,” answered Crawford. Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said at a previous court appearance that Crawford had used meth three or four times a week for a period of 12 to 18 months. She was arrested Sept. 26 when Lockport police found a mobile meth lab in the back of her van on Walnut Street.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan K. Parisi told Sheldon that the prosecution was recommending probation, although the maximum sentence is 18 months in prison. Sheldon will make the decision June 1.

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WHEATFIELD – Two Niagara Falls teenagers have been charged following a double stabbing of a teenager and his stepfather in Wheatfield late Wednesday.

The fight at an apartment at 2536 Stoelting St. in the hamlet of Bergholz allegedly involved a dispute that started over messages on Facebook.

The stepfather, who was stabbed in the abdomen, was taken by Mercy Flight to Erie County Medical Center, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office said. The teenage son was treated at the scene for cuts to his arm.

Both injuries are considered non-life-threatening, the sheriff’s office said.

Police were called to the scene at about 10:30 p.m.

Kim Bradley, 17, and Eduardo Martinez, 19, were arrested inside Walmart on Military Road in the Falls. The suspects’ vehicle, a green Jeep with a broken rear window, was spotted by a sheriff’s deputy in the parking lot. Several police agencies, including State Police, responded to the store.

Bradley and Martinez were charged with second-degree assault and arraigned in Wheatfield Town Court. Bail was set at $20,000 for each suspect.

Additional charges are pending, authorities said, and the pair are due in Wheatfield Town Court on March 23.