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>Not guilty plea entered in rape attempt of girl, 11

LOCKPORT -- Patrick R. Gonzales, 39, of Garden Street, pleaded not guilty Friday in Niagara County Court to charges that he tried to rape an 11-year-old girl Oct. 13.

Gonzales is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree rape and one count of first-degree sexual abuse.

The girl told police she and Gonzales drank a 12-pack of beer in a city park before he walked her to his girlfriend's apartment and tried to have sex with her.


>Teen denies robbery count; faces indictment in another

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls teenager pleaded not guilty to one armed robbery Friday and may soon be indicted in connection with another, according to Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann.

Marty A. Dandridge, 16, of Clifton Avenue, was arraigned in Niagara County Court on two counts of first-degree robbery stemming from an Aug. 3 incident outside a store at 18th Street and Niagara Avenue. Hoffmann said he allegedly pointed a shotgun at a man and stole $10 from him.

Dandridge was 15 at the time but was charged as an adult. Since he turned 16 on Nov. 18, Dandridge has been arrested by Niagara Falls police and charged with two other felonies.

He is accused of being one of three masked assailants who stole $2 and a cell phone from a man on 70th Street Dec. 13. Hoffmann said the victim pulled Dandridge's mask off but not those of the others. She said one of the unknown robbers put a gun to the victim's head while Dandridge went through his pockets.

Hoffmann said Dandridge also is accused of stealing his stepfather's car
Dec. 17.


>Drug, burglary indictments handed up against 2 men

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County grand jury this week handed up drug and burglary indictments against local men in separate cases.

James E. Stahl, 37, of John Street, Lockport, is charged with third- and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He allegedly had cocaine intended for sale, the prescription anti-anxiety drug Clonazepam and a small amount of marijuana when police arrested him at his home Oct. 14.

Cedrick Bradberry, 24, of Niagara Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with second-degree burglary and petit larceny. He is accused of breaking into a woman's apartment on Buffalo Avenue July 31 and stealing some electronic items, including a video game system.

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