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Buffalo woman charged with stealing from Falls casino

LOCKPORT – A Buffalo woman whose criminal record includes seven felony convictions and 15 misdemeanor convictions is in trouble again.

Pamela D. Adside, 52, of Ivanhoe Road, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Wednesday to a fourth-degree grand larceny indictment, accusing her of stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise, mostly clothing, on Jan. 20 from the Sky Boutique at Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said he wants Adside screened for entry into the judicial diversion program of court-supervised drug treatment, saying she is a crack cocaine user. Assistant District Attorney John N. Philipps Jr. said he will oppose that, and Judge Sara Sheldon will have to decide at a later date whether to allow diversion for Adside.

In judicial diversion, a defendant pleads guilty to a felony and enters drug rehabilitation for as long as two years. If the defendant is successful, the charge is reduced to a misdemeanor with a nonjail sentence. Failure in treatment almost always results in a state prison sentence, which would be as long as four years in Adside’s case.

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