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Falls man charged with threatening opponent in lawsuit

LOCKPORT – A man who allegedly threatened a woman whom he is suing in a personal injury case pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Ronald E. Proctor Jr., 57, formerly of Pershing Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with brandishing a tire iron at the woman, who had an order of protection against him, on Nov. 18 in the Falls. He was indicted on charges of first-degree criminal contempt and second-degree menacing.

The indictment also includes two counts of second-degree contempt. Assistant District Attorney Cheryl L. Nichols said Proctor allegedly violated the restraining order by mailing a letter to the woman Dec. 18 and phoning her Dec. 23. The woman was away and didn’t receive the letter until Feb. 10, Nichols said.

Proctor spent several weeks in the Rochester Psychiatric Center after a Niagara Falls judge declared him mentally incompetent to stand trial, but he said medication has helped him. Proctor is being held in lieu of $25,000 bail. Court-appointed defense attorney Michael S. Deal said Proctor intends to move to Amherst if he is released on bail, and wants to move to Delaware after his legal troubles are resolved.