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MAN CHARGED WITH VIOLATING PROTECTION ORDERS

A Buffalo man was indicted Friday on contempt charges under the state's new Domestic Violence Law for violating two City Court orders of protection that his estranged wife obtained against him last summer.

William Hibbard, 43, of Stanley Street was charged with first- and second-degree criminal contempt under the three-month-old law. He also was charged with possessing cocaine.

He faces a possible four-year state prison term if convicted of the new criminal contempt charges, District Attorney Kevin M. Dillon said.

Dillon said Hibbard's case is the first prosecution in Erie County under the new law, which became effective Jan. 1 to provide more protection for abused spouses.

He said both Chief City Court Judge Thomas P. Amodeo and City Judge David M. Manz issued orders of protection last August barring Hibbard from harassing his estranged wife.

He said Hibbard was arrested Feb. 1 "for continuously violating" those court orders, including going to his wife's home in October, a day after he was released from jail in a domestic violence case.

When police arrested Hibbard, they found a small quantity of cocaine, prosecutors said.

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