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Charges dismissed after man succeeds in drug treatment

LOCKPORT – All charges were dismissed Thursday against a man who succeeded in the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment after pleading guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny.

Dominic P. Casale, 25, of 59th Street, Niagara Falls, entered the plea before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III for his role in the Oct. 30, 2014, robbery of the Tops Market on Military Road in the Town of Niagara. He drove the getaway car in exchange for half the $343 stolen in the holdup by Eric R. Gajewski, 25, of Thornwoods Drive, Wheatfield, who also pleaded guilty and entered diversion. Casale blamed his decision to participate on drug withdrawal.

In another case Thursday, Murphy placed Phillip A. Cerrillo, 45, of Fredericka Street, North Tonawanda, on three years’ probation for seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Cerrillo sold Suboxone strips in his home Sept. 25.