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>SUV driver in crash pleads guilty to felony DWI

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man whose sport utility vehicle smashed into a house and two parked cars Sept. 28 pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of driving while intoxicated Monday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

David W. Braun, 34, of Duane Drive, is to be sentenced May 9. Sperrazza committed to no more than six months of jail time in the plea bargain but said she would order Braun to pay $500 restitution to each of the homeowners.

Braun, who had eluded police chasing him in the Town of Tonawanda, was arrested in the early morning hours after his SUV struck the front concrete steps of a home on Nash Road in North Tonawanda and two cars in the driveway next door. Braun then fled on foot but was caught a few blocks away.

In another DWI case before Sperrazza on Monday, John B. Zbieszkowski, 35, of Falconer Street, North Tonawanda, was sentenced to a year in jail for violating the probation he received June 4 on a felony DWI charge. He was originally arrested Nov. 14, 2004, in North Tonawanda.

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>Two plead guilty to sale of drugs in Niagara Falls

LOCKPORT -- Two men pleaded guilty to drug charges in Niagara County Court on Monday.

Terrence T. Cole, 32, of 13th Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to fifth-degree sale of a controlled substance. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza, who scheduled sentencing for April 27, said she would make the penalty run simultaneously with the one-year sentence she gave Cole in November, after he pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy.

Cole was one of 50 people originally charged in connection with the Mister Sepe's Pizza cocaine ring in Niagara Falls. He was arrested again Aug. 30 while on bail in that case.

In the other case Monday, James E. Stahl, 37, of John Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested at his home Oct. 14 and charged with having cocaine intended for sale, the prescription anti-anxiety drug Clonazepam and a small amount of marijuana. Sperrazza will sentence him May 10.

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>Teen in drug case gets 6 months' interim probation

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls teenager was given six months of interim probation Monday to show he can stay out of trouble while Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza decides whether to grant him youthful offender status on two felonies.

Marvin E. Porter, 17, of Ferry Avenue, had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

He sold drugs in Niagara Falls on May 12 and was one of three people arrested April 22 when police raiding a Ninth Street home found a loaded .25-caliber handgun.

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>Guilty plea entered in knife attack on woman

LOCKPORT -- A Ruhlman Road woman pleaded guilty to a felony Monday in Niagara County Court, stemming from a July 19 knife attack.

Johnetia D. Dix, 40, stabbed Ronnie Koonce in the upper arm and ear on Washburn Street in violation of a court order of protection.

Dix pleaded guilty to attempted aggravated criminal contempt and faces up to four years in prison when Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sentences her May 10.

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