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POLICE & COURTS

Lockport parolee pleads not guilty to charges

LOCKPORT -- A man whose parole officer allegedly found cocaine when patting him down near his home June 24 was arraigned Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Michael R. Rolle, 43, of Linwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of having 620 milligrams of the drug with the intention of selling it.

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Falls man sentenced to jail in burglary case

LOCKPORT -- Ricky Q. Caldwell, 40, of Sixth Street, Niagara Falls, was sent to prison for 1 1/2 to three years Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Caldwell had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted third-degree burglary. He broke into a house next door to his on Sept. 2 and stole a stereo, DVD player and discs, prosecutors said.

Zinnerman, 21, has been jailed since Tyrone Lawrence, 23, of Glenwood Avenue, died last May 9. His attorney, Nicholas W. Hicks, told the judge the evidence in the case prompted prosecutors to allow Zinnerman in August to plead guilty to a reduced charge of first-degree manslaughter. He had been indicted on two counts of second-degree murder, attempted assault and weapons charges.

Prosecutor Christopher J. Belling said Zinnerman repeatedly stabbed Lawrence after he hit him on the head with a baseball bat.

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Trooper bitten by driver; Williamsville man charged

A state trooper from Niagara County was bitten on the arm Wednesday night while trying to subdue a driving-while-impaired suspect from Williamsville, who later surrendered to police after fleeing into the woods, state troopers at Niagara said.

Trooper Michael Catanzaro was treated in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston, for abrasions and the bite following the attack in the Town of Wheatfield.

Catanzaro stopped a vehicle driven by Matthew Ruffino, 21, of Pasadena Place, at about 9:15 p.m. on Niagara Falls Boulevard near Shawnee Road. A struggle ensued, the trooper took the man to the ground and then was bitten, according to police reports.

The man fled into the woods, and when additional state troopers and Niagara County sheriff's deputies responded, Ruffino surrendered to Catanzaro.

Ruffino was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, criminal possession of marijuana and other charges, Sgt. Kevin Anger of the State Police at Niagara said.

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