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2 face burglary counts in break-in at deli

LOCKPORT -- Two residents of Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls were indicted Friday by a Niagara County grand jury on charges of burglarizing a store.

Maurice L. Brown, 42, and John W. Gates, 39, were charged with third-degree burglary and petit larceny. Gates also was charged with third-degree criminal mischief.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner said cigars, food and candy were stolen in the July 21 break-in at Bishara Brothers Deli, 1302 Pierce Ave.


Father, son accused in thefts of ATVs, tools

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to charges of stealing more than $60,000 worth of all-terrain vehicles and construction equipment around Niagara County.

Raymond D. Richards Sr., 53, of Ontario Avenue, denied a charge of third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. His son Raymond Jr., 22, also of Ontario Avenue, was indicted on the same charge but has yet to be arraigned.

Niagara Falls Detective Patrick Stack said the elder Richards was arrested June 1 and charged with stealing five ATVs over a five- to six-year period. He also was accused of stealing welders, generators, surveying equipment and other tools from two Niagara Falls construction sites in the summer of 2004.

Stack said the case was cracked by the Burglary Task Force set up by Niagara Falls Police and State Police as part of Operation Impact. He said most of the stolen property, hidden in garages and trailers around the city, was recovered.


Falls teen is accused of assault, intimidation

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County grand jury handed up a nine-count indictment Friday accusing Michael A. Clark, 17, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls, of robbing a man, assaulting a woman who tried to intervene and threatening to kill both of them if they went to police.

Clark is charged with two counts each of first-degree robbery and first- and second-degree assault, and three counts of intimidating a witness.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner said the incident allegedly occurred July 24 on Ninth Street near Ferry Avenue in Niagara Falls.

She said Clark is accused of hitting a Niagara Falls man in the eye with a beer bottle and robbing him of $70. When the woman tried to help, Clark allegedly hit her with the bottle.

Two days later, Clark allegedly threatened to kill both of them and their families if they reported the incident. They did, and Clark was arrested the same day.


Youthful offender status granted in robbery

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza granted youthful offender status to a teenager this week, sealing his sentence for stealing a car and robbing a convenience store Feb. 10 on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation.

Keith H. Printup Jr., 17, of Upper Mountain Road, had pleaded guilty to third-degree robbery and fourth-degree grand larceny. Co-defendant Kenneth Dougherty, 19, of Mount Hope Road, pleaded guilty to the same charges and is awaiting sentencing.

They stole an Oldsmobile at Smokin' Joe's on Indian Hill Road and moments later robbed Randy's Smoke Shop on Upper Mountain Road of $450, police said.


Second man admits guilt in beating, robbery

LOCKPORT -- Antonio M. Mozell, 20, of Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to attempted second-degree assault in the March 19 beating and stabbing of a Ferry Avenue man.

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. set sentencing for Oct. 20, the same day Mozell is to be sentenced for petit larceny stemming from the $20 robbery of a 14-year-old boy Dec. 10.

Keith W. Johnson, 19, of 19th Street, already has pleaded guilty in both. Three other men were charged in the beating.

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