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FALLS YOUTH PLEADS GUILTY TO ROBBERY CHARGE

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls youth avoided jail time Tuesday in a robbery case and got probation with a set of special conditions instead.

Kenneth M. Williams, 19, of Ninth Street, had pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. Williams, armed with a pellet gun, stole $30 from a cab driver Jan. 9 in front of the Niagara Falls YMCA on Portage Road.

Broderick placed Williams on probation for five years. During the first six months, he is to be electronically monitored at home. He also must serve 20 days in the county work program, get a job and earn a high school equivalency diploma by September.

Porter man arrested in armed robbery

LEWISTON -- A man accused of robbing a Youngstown resident of $300 at gunpoint last weekend was arrested late Tuesday, Sgt. Frank Previte said.

Jerome Warren, 27, of Youngstown-Wilson Road, Porter, was charged with robbery and menacing at 7 p.m. when he turned himself in to police, accompanied by his lawyer, James Faso, at Town Court.

Warren pleaded not guilty before Justice Hugh Gee and was remanded to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $7,500 bail, Previte said.

Warren is accused of driving his car in the 300 block of North Second Street at 4:15 p.m. Saturday when he allegedly pulled a gun on his passenger, Jason T. Brown, 19, and threatened to shoot him unless he handed over all his money. Brown tossed his money out the car window, and fled while Warren retrieved the cash, Police Chief Ronald R. Winkley said.

Olcott man gets probation in drunken driving case

LOCKPORT -- An Olcott man was placed on probation for five years Tuesday in a drunken driving case.

Mark J. Boyer, 39, of West Main Street, had pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested Nov. 14 after squealing his tires in Newfane.

Besides probation, Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. fined Boyer $1,000 and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

In another case, David M. Murdoch, 39, of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to a felony DWI count. He was pulled over Dec. 17 in the Town of Niagara and is to be sentenced by Broderick July 22.

Wilson man arraigned on sexual abuse charges

LOCKPORT -- A Wilson man was arraigned Tuesday on a 16-count indictment accusing him of having sexual contact with seven children between the summer of 1999 and February of this year.

William Demmin, 43, of Maple Road, pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court to six counts of first-degree sexual abuse, four counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, and single counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct, endangering the welfare of a child and attempted first- and attempted third-degree sodomy.

Assistant District Attorney Robert A. Zucco said most of the victims, two boys and five girls, were under the age of 13 when the alleged incidents occurred, all in Wilson.

In another child sex case, Michael J. Irwin, 21, of Main Street, Youngstown, pleaded guilty to an attempted second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child. The victim, a girl under age 11, was molested in Porter between June 1 and Jan. 31. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza set sentencing for July 29.

N. Tonawanda man indicted in assault of woman

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man was indicted by a Niagara County grand jury Tuesday on charges of bouncing a woman's head off a door frame.

David L. Serrano, 31, of Schenck Street, is charged with attempted third-degree assault and first- and second-degree criminal contempt of court.

Serrano allegedly assaulted Ingrid Collins in Niagara Falls Nov. 22, when the woman had a court order of protection against him.

Falls man pleads guilty to drug charges

LOCKPORT -- Willie R. Scott Jr., of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of possessing crack cocaine.

Scott, 22, is to be sentenced July 22 by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Scott was arrested Sept. 21 after his car was pulled over at 11th Street and Cleveland Avenue because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. Niagara Falls police said they found .34 ounces of crack in the car.

A passenger, Irish N. Palmer, 33, of Niagara Street, Niagara Falls, is serving two to four years in prison for drug possession.

Two men plead not guilty in separate drug cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men pleaded not guilty to drug charges in Niagara County Court Tuesday.

Morris Shavers, 35, of Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to charges of third-degree criminal sale and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of selling .13 ounces of cocaine to an undercover officer in Niagara Falls on New Year's Day.

In the other case, George Payne Jr., 35, no address available, pleaded not guilty to two counts each of third-degree sale and seventh-degree possession. Payne is accused of selling cocaine to police in Lockport Jan. 16 and 27.

Man charged with DWI after one-car accident

LOCKPORT -- A Hinman Road man has been charged with driving while intoxicated in a one-car accident late Saturday, Traffic Capt. Ronald Vogt said Tuesday.

David Detschner, 44, also was charged with making an unsafe lane change and driving at an imprudent speed. He was arrested after he drove his vehicle into a parked car at 10:40 p.m. Saturday on Regent Street, Officer Kevin Schrader said. there were no injuries.

Jail inmate arrested for possessing contraband

TOWN OF LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County Jail inmate has been arrested for allegedly having a small quantity of suspected marijuana in his jail cell, Sheriff's Investigator Patrick Weidel said Tuesday.

Jason M. Gehm, 20, of Niagara Road, Sanborn, was charged with possession of prison contraband and unlawful possession of marijuana by Weidel and Investigator Daniel Brown.

The arrest came after deputies located the suspected drug in Gehm's cell on April 17 and had it analyzed in the department's forensic laboratory.

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