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LOCKPORT WOMAN INJURED WHEN SHE DRIVES INTO A DITCH

LOCKPORT -- A South Transit Road woman was injured Wednesday when she drove her car into a ditch while pulling into the driveway at Consumer Beverages, 5869 S. Transit Road, said Michael Kloch, a Niagara County sheriff's deputy.

Loretta M. Decot, 77, said she was pulling around another car to park at about 9:36 a.m. when she ended up in the ditch.

Decot was treated for facial injuries in Lockport Memorial Hospital, then released.

Defendant takes deal
and averts assault trial

LOCKPORT -- A Gooding Street man short-circuited his trial this week by taking a plea bargain after the jury had been chosen.

Hilton Maxwell, 23, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault. He was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 26 by County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Maxwell was to have been tried on two counts of second-degree assault and one count of bribing a witness. He was accused of beating two men outside an Olcott bar on May 14, 2000, and later offering one of them money not to testify against him.

Two teens accept plea
in sexual abuse of girl, 15

LOCKPORT -- Two young men have accepted plea bargains in the sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl in a hot tub June 23, 2000, at a home on Maple Road, Wilson.

William J. Van Den Bosch, 18, of Youngstown-Lockport Road, Ransomville, and Kenneth J.S. Martin, 19, of Bay Street, Wilson, pleaded guilty to attempted first-degree sexual abuse. County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing for Aug. 14.

A co-defendant, Erik P. Sherman, 18, of Wilcox Street, Wilson, is awaiting sentencing for his guilty plea to endangering the welfare of a child. Charges are pending against a fourth suspect, Talon J. Pomeroy, 18, of Fitch Road, Wilson.

Man who held up store
will not get extra prison time

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man received no extra prison time Wednesday for holding up a Town of Niagara convenience store Sept. 18.

Floyd N. Vanderwege Jr., 23, of Hertel Avenue, was sentenced to two to four years in prison, but County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza made the term concurrent with the three-to-six-year sentence he is serving for two Erie County robberies.

Vanderwege pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree robbery for the stickup of the UniMart on Military Road.

In another case, Valentino J. Lanier, 25, of Carolina Street, Buffalo, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. set sentencing for Aug. 15.

Lanier admitted hitting Alfred Middlebrooks of Buffalo in the face with a bottle Sept. 16 in Pharaoh's Bar in Niagara Falls.

Woman gets probation
in counterfeiting case

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda woman was placed on five years' probation in a counterfeiting case Wednesday.

Katyelynn Norman, 19, of Oliver Street, had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza also ordered her to obtain a high school equivalency diploma, undergo drug and alcohol treatment, and live with her mother.

Norman was among four people arrested in her boyfriend's Oliver Street apartment Aug. 18 when North Tonawanda police raided it and seized $5,000 in counterfeit money. Two of the others also pleaded guilty; charges against the fourth were dismissed.

In a Niagara Falls case, Wilbert Henderson, 42, of South Avenue, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of forged instruments and was scheduled for sentencing Aug. 30.

Henderson and a co-defendant, Ronald Scarfone, were arrested June 11, 2000, in the Town of Lockport. Their car allegedly contained goods stolen from purses at a church event in Niagara Falls, including two checks for a total of $155 that had been forged.

Man gets three to nine years
for possession of cocaine

LOCKPORT -- County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. sent a Niagara Falls man to prison for three to nine years Wednesday in a drug case.

Michael Thornton, 40, of Elmwood Avenue, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was accused of having 2 grams of cocaine with the intention of selling it on Nov. 30, 1999, in Niagara Falls.

In another drug case before Broderick, Terry E. Wadsworth, 28, of East Robinson Street, North Tonawanda, pleaded not guilty to second-degree criminal possession of marijuana and growing cannabis.

Wadsworth was arrested when county Drug Task Force agents raided his home March 8 and seized 187 marijuana plants being grown in a room containing hydroponic equipment. Slightly more than a pound of marijuana was seized, said Second Assistant District Attorney Ronald J. Winter.

Lockport teenager charged
with assaulting his mother

LOCKPORT -- A Spalding Street teenager was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of punching his mother in the mouth and threatening her with a 2-foot-long stick, police said.

Antwoine M. Henry, 16, was charged with assault, menacing and criminal mischief at 1:40 p.m. at his mother's Spalding Street home, police said.

The incident occurred when the two became involved in an argument.

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