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LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda teenager was placed on five years' probation Wednesday for burglarizing a home on Bennett Street in that city Dec. 21.

Adam N. Gravelle, 19, of Oliver Street, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to attempted third-degree burglary and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

Prescription medications and jewelry were stolen from the home, court papers said. A co- defendant, James C. Colbert, 19, of Oliver Street, is awaiting sentencing for third-degree burglary.

Lockport man pleads guilty
to robbery, burglary counts

LOCKPORT -- A Chapel Street man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a robbery and a convenience store burglary, both Jan. 9.

Thomas L. McDowell, 27, is to be sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza July 30 for attempted third-degree burglary and attempted third-degree robbery.

McDowell broke into the Yellow Goose at Walnut and Washburn streets and robbed a man on the second occasion, court papers said.

Two men plead guilty
to driving while intoxicated

LOCKPORT -- Two men pleaded guilty to felony counts of driving while intoxicated Wednesday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Timothy A. Downie, 42, of East Falls Street, Niagara Falls, was arrested Nov. 16 in Lewiston.

David C. Hackney, 40, of Embassy Sqsuare, Town of Tonawanda, was pulled over Jan. 20 in Wheatfield.

Sperrazza scheduled sentencing July 21 for Downie and July 30 for Hackney.

Lewiston man faces 7 counts
after February police chase

LOCKPORT -- Ames R. Fader of Lewiston pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a seven-count indictment stemming from a high-speed police chase Feb. 19.

Fader, 40, of Washington Street, is accused of felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, speeding, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, second-degree reckless endangerment, fourth-degree criminal mischief and resisting arrest.

Police said Lewiston Officer John Penzotti saw a van traveling about 80 mph on Swann Road and tried to pull it over. At Creek Road and Washington Street, Fader allegedly veered the van into the police car and then drove home, where he struggled with two officers as they arrested him.

City police vehicle hit
with brick thrown by vandals

NIAGARA FALLS -- Vandals threw a concrete brick at the window of a police car late Monday in the LaSalle area, shattering a window and denting the vehicle.

The marked car is specially designed for Officer Stephen Reed to transport Draco, one of the department's two German shepherds. No damage estimate was available,

Fire in railroad boxcar
causes $5,000 damage

NIAGARA FALLS -- Authorities are investigating a fire that did about $5,000 damage Tuesday to a boxcar in the Amtrak railroad yard at 29th Street and Seneca Avenue.

Battalion Chief Daniel Boland said the fire broke out in the Norfolk Southern Railroad box car at 1:40 p.m. after two, 2,000-pound rolls of paper caught fire. He said firefighters extinguished the flames and pulled the two badly damaged rolls from the car. He said the other 22 paper rolls of cargo the car was carrying appeared to be undamaged. The boxcar had minor damage.

Falls man gets a year
after admitting theft

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Whitney Avenue man was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday for third-degree burglary.

Calvin V. Gandy, 21, admitted to City Judge Mark A. Violante that he entered a 19th Street home Dec. 14. Police said he stole a television set, 75 compact discs, a DVD player and some clothing.

Father pleads not guilty
to alleged assault on teacher

David W. Tomasello, a Town of Boston businessman, was ordered Wednesday to stay away from his two children's grade school if the teacher he allegedly assaulted three months ago returns to work before the end of this school year.

State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang, at the request of prosecutors, issued an order of protection barring Tomasello, 33, from "harassing, stalking or bothering" music teacher Margaret Bukkosy "in any way" until his criminal case is resolved. He allegedly assaulted her because he was angry over a role his child was given in a school production.

During the arraignment, Tomasello's lawyer, John K. Jordan, entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to a one-count felony assault indictment lodged against him Friday by an Erie County grand jury.

Amid prosecution concerns about the chance that Tomasello might be leaving the area because of a "for sale" sign on his home, the judge ordered him to post $5,000 bail, which he did.

In a dispute over the role Tomasello's 10-year-old son was given in the Boston Valley Elementary School's production of "Oliver," Tomasello is accused of assaulting the 60-year-old teacher in the school auditorium on Feb. 5.

Prosecutor Walter L. Rooth III said Bukkosy is out of work and is being treated for a back injury she allegedly suffered in the assault.

Tomasello was indicted under the state's 3-year-old Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act, which makes an attack on a school teacher a felony offense carrying a state prison term of up to seven years.

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