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LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda pleaded not guilty Thursday to an 18-count indictment charging him with having sex with four girls under age 14.

James A. McKinney, 44, of Miller Street, appeared in County Court to deny three counts of first-degree rape, five counts of second-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, three counts of second-degree sodomy, one count of attempted second-degree rape, and two counts each of first- and second-degree sexual abuse.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said except for one incident in Niagara Falls in spring 1998, all the alleged crimes occurred in North Tonawanda in 2000 and up until May of this year.

County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. set bail for McKinney at $25,000 cash or $50,000 property.

, Lockport man pleads guilty
to contempt of court

, LOCKPORT -- Stephan A. Wroblewski pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of first-degree criminal contempt of court after an indictment charging him with sexual abuse and attempted rape was dismissed.

Wroblewski, 32, who listed addresses on Church Street and Rogers Avenue, was accused of violating a woman's court order of protection against him on four occasions this year. He was charged with phoning the woman, rear-ending her car with his, visiting her workplace and grabbing her by the arm.

County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. dismissed the original indictment, which charged Wroblewski with two sexual encounters with the woman, one Jan. 28 in a Gasport bar and the other Feb. 1 in a Town of Lockport home.

Broderick set sentencing on the felony contempt charges for Nov. 15.

, Amherst man is accused
of using stolen credit card

LEWISTON -- An Amherst man accused of using a stolen credit card to buy $1,737 in jewelry was charged Thursday with grand larceny by Niagara County sheriff's investigators Daniel Brown and Patrick Weidel.

Bryan M. Chaput, 19, of Kings Highway, was arrested at 8:15 a.m. Investigators said he bought the jewelry at M&J Jewelry, 2293 Saunders Settlement Road, on May 14 with the stolen credit card.

Grand Island brothers
arrested in $1,800 robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two Grand Island residents were arrested Thursday in the robbery of $1,800 from a Girard Avenue man, police said.

Ayman T. Abdellatif, 21, and his brother, Mohammed T. Abdellatif, 19, both of 191 Fareway Lane, were charged with second-degree robbery at 1 p.m. after being questioned at police headquarters, Detective John Olander said.

The two are accused of attacking Steven Kowalcyk, 21, outside his home Sunday, striking him with a wooden weapon several times before taking the cash. Kowalcyk suffered minor injuries to the head, legs and arms, Olander said.

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