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A Columbus Avenue man stopped by police as he drove out of his own driveway without working headlights was arrested on drug charges early Thursday. Debashish Kake, 34, was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance outside its original container.

LOCKPORT – Two brothers who were kicked out of their Niagara Falls home and spent some nights sleeping in the woods were arraigned this week in Niagara County Court, charged with a string of residential burglaries in the city’s LaSalle area.Mark A. Pardee, 21, pleaded not guilty Thursday to three burglaries. His brother Justin S. Pardee, 18, appeared Wednesday before Count…

LOCKPORT – Two men who admitted violating the terms of their probation sentences were ordered to spend a year in the Niagara County Jail by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas Thursday.Josh P. Czamara, 21, of Winchester Boulevard, Town of Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty last year to attempted second-degree assault for stabbing a man who was fighting with Czamara’s cousin. Czama…

LOCKPORT – Rashie K. Perry, the mother of children ages 1 and 6, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Thursday to an indictment accusing her of making crack cocaine sales to a police informant in Niagara Falls this spring.Perry, 27, of South Avenue, was ordered jailed in lieu of $10,000 bail by County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas on the indictment charging two counts ea…

LOCKPORT – A native of the former Soviet Union will not face deportation after being placed on five years’ probation Thursday in a felony driving while intoxicated case.Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence on Vasiliy V. Kayutkin, 41, of Wheatfield-Pendleton Town Line Road, Wheatfield.A permanent resident of the U.S., Kayutkin was drunk on Oct. 29…

LOCKPORT – A former Lockport resident, now living in Bridgeport, W. Va., pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to an indictment accusing him of molesting a girl 17 years ago and a woman last year while visiting Lockport.Andrew K. Peyatt, 55, is charged with predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum life prison sentence. He also is charged with first-d…

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Veterans Court opened for business Thursday, with County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas accepting guilty pleas in two drunken driving cases.Allyn D. Smith, 32, of Bollier Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to attempted second-degree assault and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated, reduced charges from a Nov. 2 incident in which three Niagara Falls offic…

LOCKPORT – Miguel E. Febres, who was to go to trial next week on an indictment charging him with four heroin sales and possession of a loaded handgun, took a plea deal Thursday that ensured him a six-year prison sentence instead of the potential 51 years if he were convicted on all counts.Febres, 34, of Zimmerman Street, North Tonawanda, complained about his attorney, Assi…

LOCKPORT – A North Tonawanda man will serve 1½ to three years in prison for having child pornography on his cellphone, State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. ruled Thursday.Hollis Stewart, 38, of Main Street, had pleaded guilty to possession of a sexual performance by a child, a crime thyat occurred in April.

A Jamaican woman who is accused of scamming Medicaid repeatedly by claiming to be a U.S. citizen has been arrested again, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said Thursday. Georgia Bowen, also known as Georgia Bennett, 38, of Lackawanna, has been charged with health-care fraud, identity theft and unauthorized use of Social Security numbers.Prosecutors said Bowen previous…

Ling Zen Hu was described as an “illiterate” and “simple” woman who barely spoke English trying to succeed as a clerk in one of two New York City sneaker warehouses.Her husband worked long hours as a chef and taxi driver and never realized he was breaking the law delivering the sneakers.But the couple got caught up in an international, multimillion-dollar importing ring th…

A collision between a tractor-trailer carrying diesel fuel and a car on the eastbound Youngmann Highway near the Delaware Avenue exit about 3:30 p.m. Thursday triggered traffic delays during the afternoon rush hour.Also, a two-car crash on the southbound Niagara Thruway southbound between Niagara Street and the Peace Bridge backed up traffic in the left lane of traffic, au…

A Michigan Avenue man has pleaded not guilty to a Leandra’s Law indictment in an April 16 crime on East Delavan Avenue. Robert John, 57, who was arraigned Wednesday before State Supreme Court Justice John L. Michalski, faces two counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated with a child, endangering the welfare of a child, possession of alcohol in a vehicle and driving …

NIAGARA FALLS – The driver of a 15-passenger rented van, which came from Delaware to Niagara Falls with 14 tourists, was hit by thieves Tuesday after being assured by a travel center attendant at Niagara Majestic Tours that the lot in the 6500 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard was “the safest parking lot to park in.”The driver told police that the van was parked on the west…