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LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County sheriff's deputy accused of physically and verbally menacing a former girlfriend while on duty has been suspended indefinitely.

Sheriff Thomas Beilein said Deputy James Hull was suspended after he was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of third-degree menacing and harassment.

The criminal charges against Hull stem from an early morning incident Aug. 20 in Cambria. An order of protection was subsequently granted to the victim by Town Justice Amel Jowdy.

The criminal case will be referred to Wheatfield Town Court. Hull also will face departmental charges, Beilein said. Because the alleged infractions occurred while Hull was on duty, he faces potential internal charges that include conduct unbecoming an officer.

Hull will continue to receive his normal pay pending the outcome of a departmental hearing that is to be scheduled, Beilein said.

Repeat drunken drivers
sentenced to jail time

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. sent two repeat drunken drivers to jail Tuesday.

Kenneth D. Schebell, 38, of Ward Road, Wheatfield will serve six months, followed by five years' probation. He was also fined $1,000, ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing, and had his driver's license revoked.

Schebell pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated stemming from his Dec. 17 arrest by State Parks Police in Niagara Falls. He had a previous DWI conviction in Cambria in August 1994.

Buddy A. Smeyers, 71, of Miller Street, North Tonawanda, was sentenced to 90 days behind bars, a $1,000 fine, five years' probation and a license revocation.

Smeyers pleaded guilty to a felony DWI count in wake of his April 22 arrest in North Tonawanda. He had been convicted of DWI in that city twice before, in December 1993 and January 1997.

Meanwhile, a county grand jury handed up a six-count traffic indictment Tuesday against Stephen F. Reynolds, 29, of East Avenue, Lockport.

Reynolds was arrested May 19 after Lockport Police followed his auto from North Transit Street to Spring Street via Niagara Street, Richmond Avenue and Pine, Main, Market, Union, Ann and Chestnut streets.

He was indicted on a felony DWI charge, along with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, three counts of running stop signs, and a speeding charge. Police reports said Reynolds was going 50 mph in a 30-mph zone.

Two women ordered to pay
restitution in larceny cases

LOCKPORT -- Two women pleaded guilty in separate cases in County Court Tuesday to stealing large amounts of money, and both were ordered to pay restitution.

Court officials said Jennepher G. Bauman, 28, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville, will have to pay $10,000 back to Rose Chiropractic of Lewiston, where she was formerly the office manager.

Bauman, who pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny, will receive the rest of her sentence from County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on Oct. 31.

Bauman stole money from the business between February 1998 and March 1999, and tampered with the office's computers to try to conceal the thefts, according to court papers.

In the other case, Rose M. Corio, 65, avoided jail time for stealing money from the estate of her late aunt and uncle.

Corio, of Saunders Settlement Road, Lewiston, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of petit larceny and paid back $5,000 Tuesday. She must pay another $2,500 within a year. Sperrazza granted Corio a conditional discharge.

The thefts occurred in February 1997 and February 1999. Officials said Corio was the guardian of Salvatore and Mary Paonessa, who died one day apart, both at age 85, in July 1998.

When Corio pleaded guilty July 26, Assistant District Attorney Timothy P. Murphy said Corio was accused of keeping some of the proceeds from the 1997 sale of a house owned by the Paonessas, and taking money from a trust fund in 1999 to pay for nursing home care.

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