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LOCKPORT -- Two North Tonawanda men pleaded guilty to sex charges Thursday in separate cases before County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Allen E. Busch, 44, of Weaver Parkway, is to be sentenced Aug. 23 on his guilty plea to a reduced charge of an attempted first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.

Busch admitted improperly touching a 10-year-old girl in North Tonawanda. The formal charges say this occurred over a period from Nov. 1, 2000, to March 17, but Busch said in court the incidents began in 1998.

In the other case, James J. Zezzo, 43, of Niagara Parkway, pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree sodomy, both against the same victim, between June and November of last year. Broderick set sentencing for Aug. 30.

Falls home and factory
damaged in separate fires

NIAGARA FALLS -- Fires did about $12,000 damage early Thursday to a factory and a Lockport Street home.

Food in an unattended microwave oven caught fire at 2:16 a.m. and did $1,900 damage to the kitchen of a two-story brick home at 2005 Lockport Road owned by Maggie Knight.

About $10,000 damage was done at 2:56 a.m. by a fire in a dust collector in a five-story metal building at Pyron Corp., 5950 Packard Road. About $5,000 damage was done to the building and $5,000 to the contents. Plant personnel are investigating the cause.

No injuries were reported in either fire, officials said.

Driver arrested, 3 hurt
when two vans collide

LOCKPORT -- A Harvey Avenue man was arrested after three people were injured Wednesday when two vans collided at South Transit and High streets in an alcohol-related accident, police said.

Patrick T. Dibley, 37, was charged with driving while intoxicated at 10:30 p.m., police said.

The other driver, Christopher Morrow, 38, of Ontario Street; his wife, Diane, 38; and their 10-year-old son were released after treatment in Lockport Memorial Hospital, a hospital official said.

The accident occurred when Dibley turned left onto High Street into the path of Morrow's car, Officer Steven D. Kuntzman said.

Morrow was charged with two seat belt violations, Kuntzman said.

Sledgehammer defendant
considers his legal options

LOCKPORT -- Richard A. Dolan, accused of pounding his wife's face with a sledgehammer as she slept, has been given a week to decide whether to plead guilty or go to trial.

Dolan, 57, of Norwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, was indicted on charges including attempted murder and first-degree assault.

First Assistant District Attorney Timothy R. Lundquist wouldn't say what Dolan is being asked to plead guilty to, but he said if Dolan didn't accept the offer, the case would be taken to trial.

In court Thursday, defense attorney Herbert Greenman asked for a week for Dolan to consider his options, and County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza adjourned the case until 9 a.m. next Thursday.

Dolan is accused of fracturing the skull of his wife, Nancy, 46, with a three-pound hammer as she slept on a water bed in the couple's home about 5:30 a.m. Jan. 3.

Four boys accused in theft
of knives, throwing stars

LOCKPORT -- Four teenage boys are accused of stealing 50 knives and 40 Ninja throwing stars during a June 20 break-in at Goodtime Specialty Goodies, 154 Lake St., police said.

Derick Snyder, 16, of Jackson Street, and three boys, two age 15 and one 14, were charged Thursday with burglary, petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property by Detectives John P. Yotter, Scott Seekins and David Barrancotta.

The boys are accused of forcibly entering the business and stealing the weaponry and a cell phone worth a total of $800. Four of the knives and 10 throwing stars have been recovered, Yotter said.

Snyder's case will be heard in City Court; the three juveniles' cases will be handled through the Niagara County Probation Department and Family Court, Yotter said.

Breakfast-time thief
reported in Falls hotel

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman told police that her purse, containing $360 and a credit card, was stolen from a table while she was having breakfast Thursday in the Hampton Inn, 501 Rainbow Blvd.

Ferkhanda Manzoor of Centerreach said the purse was taken when she left the table to get some food, Officer Christine Zell said.

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