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LOCKPORT WOMAN SPARED JAIL TIME IN DWI CASE

LOCKPORT -- A woman was spared jail time Monday on her second driving while intoxicated conviction in less than eight months.

Kelly S. Leddick, 33, of South Street, was placed on probation for five years and fined $1,000 by County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. She had pleaded guilty to felony DWI after being arrested in North Tonawanda on Oct. 4.

Court papers said Leddick had been convicted of DWI in North Tonawanda City Court on June 22.

Besides probation and the fine, Broderick revoked Leddick's driver's license, ordered her to attend the victim impact panel once, and submit to random drug and alcohol testing and warrantless searches.

Man questioned about fire
in vacant Falls building

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police are questioning a man in connection with a fire that caused $20,000 damage to a vacant building at 455 Ninth St. early Monday.

The suspect, who police said lives across the street from the fire scene, was reportedly seen by neighbors leaving the building a short time before flames were spotted at 2:43 a.m.

He told officers he used to live at the address and was picking up some belongings he had left there, police said.

Fire officials said that flames originated in the front of the first floor and spread to the second floor before being contained. An adjacent building also sustained minor exposure damage.

The building, owned by Tom Dickie of Lockport, sustained $20,000 damage, with another $5,000 damage to its contents, fire officials said. Mutual Aid was activated, and the Niagara County Sheriff's Department's arson-sniffing dog also was employed in the investigation.

Falls police arrest
four on drug charges

NIAGARA FALLS -- Four people, one a juvenile, were arrested on drug charges late Sunday after police said they spotted suspicious activity at the corner of Ninth Street and Ferry Avenue.

Officer Jay Fisher said that he followed a car after it pulled over briefly near a group loitering at the corner, then drove away. When he stopped the vehicle a short distance away, he said, the interior reeked of marijuana smoke.

Police said they found 16 small packets of marijuana inside the vehicle, along with another larger package and a large package of crack cocaine.

The driver, 18-year-old Charles E. Griffith of Michigan Avenue, was charged with third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana and obstructing governmental administration.

Passengers Lakeey R. Dykes of Ninth Street and Walter R. Ruffin, 19, of 10th Street also were charged with the marijuana count, and the juvenile was taken to a shelter pending action in Family Court.

Fisher said that more than $2,000 in cash was taken from Griffith and was seized as evidence and for possible forfeiture proceedings.

Baby sitter, 14, says
she was sexually abused

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 14-year-old girl told police that she was sexually abused while baby-sitting at a midtown apartment complex Sunday evening.

The victim told police that a male friend of the resident came by the apartment at about 6 p.m. and began to touch and kiss her, despite her disapproval. She said she had to flee the apartment to end the abuse.

Police are continuing to investigate.

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