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>Prison term given in apartment burglary

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. sent a Niagara Falls man to prison Friday for burglarizing a Wheatfield apartment Nov. 29.

Donald L. McGinnis, 35, of 98th Street, will serve 1 1/3 to five years. He had pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary in connection with the River Road break-in, in which sheriff's deputies said a calculator, a $50 coin collection, $1,000 worth of gold jewelry, a VCR and a gallon of ice cream were stolen.

In another burglary case, Nikita T. Jones, 18, of Lincoln Avenue, Lockport, pleaded not guilty to second- and third-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre said Jones is accused of stealing a 52-inch television set from a City of Lockport home Sept. 13 and then throwing it into some bushes when he found it wouldn't fit into his Ford Escort.

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>Sex offender accused of abusing girl, 5

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County grand jury indicted a Level 3 sex offender this week on charges of molesting a 5-year-old girl.

Dale L. Goff, 44, of Hawley Street, is charged with first-degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. He was arrested Feb. 2 and charged with putting his hand inside the girl's clothing in a Walnut Street home Jan. 7.

Goff was placed on the state's list of the most dangerous sex offenders after a 1992 guilty plea to two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. He had faced a 35-count indictment that accused him of molesting two boys under age 10. At the time, he was placed on five years' probation by then-County Judge Aldo L. DiFlorio.

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