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Robber escapes with loot from store in Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD -- A robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money early Tuesday from the Jolly Roger Convenience Store, 2065 Williams Road, Niagara County Sheriff's Investigator Patrick Weidel said.

A man wearing a blue, hooded jacket entered the store at 5:28 a.m., said he had a gun, demanded money and fled in an unknown direction with the loot, Weidel said. The man, described as about 30 and 5 feet, 8 inches tall, was wearing blue jeans.

Youth indicted on charges of burglarizing bar

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Niagara youth was indicted Tuesday on charges of burglarizing a bar in that town Nov. 23, 2001.

Richard S. Roszel Jr., 18, of Mayle Court, is accused of breaking into the Party Time Cafe, 3964 Lockport Road, and stealing the cash register, which contained $200, and several bottles of liquor, according to Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner.

A Niagara County grand jury indicted Roszel on counts of third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Man, 38, pleads guilty in drunken driving

LOCKPORT -- One Niagara Falls drunken driving suspect pleaded guilty while another denied the charge in Niagara County Court Tuesday.

Larry P. Guthrie, 38, of Elm Street, is to be sentenced Jan. 22 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on a felony count of driving while intoxicated. Guthrie was arrested Aug. 13 in Lewiston.

James J. Bullman Jr., 30, of Colvin Boulevard, pleaded not guilty to felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and speeding.

Bullman was accused of striking a parked car with his auto in Niagara Falls Aug. 5. The indictment said police measured his blood alcohol content at 0.27 percent.

Sentencing scheduled in assault on ex-girlfriend

LOCKPORT -- A Green Street man took a plea bargain Tuesday in connection with an Oct. 19 assault on his ex-girlfriend and a struggle with a Lockport policeman, who was injured.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for Jan. 21 for Kenneth D. Lewis, 26, who pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Police reports at the time said Lewis dragged Jennifer Ohol out of Gonzo's Bar on Main Street and dragged her by the hair one block to Pine Street, kicking her in the face several times. Officer Brian M. LeBere injured his shoulder in subduing Lewis and has been off duty since.

Woman pleads guilty in possession of credit card

LOCKPORT -- A woman who was arrested and charged with possessing a stolen credit card was ordered to continue probation Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Paula C. McElwain, 29, whose address was unavailable, has been undergoing counseling in Gowanda through the Treatment Alternatives to Street Crime program, court papers said. She will continue the session until her next sentencing date March 26.

McElwain was arrested by Town of Niagara police May 12. She pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Man accused in sex crime pleads not guilty

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man pleaded not guilty to a six-count sex crime indictment Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Manolin Roman, 39, of Grant Street, is charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of attempted first-degree rape and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The date of the offense was not released, but Roman was arrested in the City of Lockport on May 19, court papers said.

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