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>Man given probation in shooting, home invasion

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. Friday sentenced Mark A. Dunn, 32, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, to time served and five years' probation for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

Dunn, who already has served six months in jail awaiting disposition of the case, had pleaded guilty in the face of a 19-count indictment. It resulted from a Dec. 22, 2004, home invasion on Lockport Road in the Town of Niagara, during which he shot Robert Westley, 18, in the hand.


>2-car crash injures 2 drivers; 1 charged

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two people were hospitalized with minor injuries, and one was charged in a two-car accident Friday on Niagara Falls Boulevard at 80th Street.

Christian Bronson, 25, of Military Road, was charged with passing a red light after his vehicle struck a car turning onto Niagara Falls being driven by Mary A. Witkowski, 63, of 99th Street at 7:40 a.m., city police said. Bronson complained of chest pains and Witkowski of head pain, officers said.

In an unrelated accident, an 82-year-old woman suffered a broken hip when she was hit by a delivery truck as she was crossing Pine Avenue near 18th Street at 10:30 a.m., police said.

Mary Capilupi of 18th Street crossed into the path of the driver, David Gross, 49, of Grand Island as he turned from 18th Street onto Pine.

Gross said he did not see the woman and was not charged, police said.


>10 years' imprisonment imposed in Falls knifing

LOCKPORT -- A Ransomville woman, the mother of two preschool children, faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to the near-fatal stabbing of her sister.

Shawnee M. Lester, 24, formerly of 27th Street, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree assault. In the plea bargain, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza agreed to the prison term of 10 years for a conviction that could have carried a maximum sentence of 15 years. Sentencing was set for June 6.

Police said Lester, formerly of Niagara Falls, stabbed Stacy Lester, 17, five times with a pocket knife Aug. 6 outside a 24th Street house in the Falls, where they had attended a party before getting into a drunken quarrel over a key to their apartment.


>Fondling of teen puts man in prison for year

LOCKPORT -- After a 10-minute speech Thursday about how he planned to reform his life, Reginald Cheatham, who fondled a teenage girl in a Spalding Street garage last year, was given the maximum sentence of a year in jail on his guilty plea to forcible touching.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. gave Cheatham, 36, credit for the four months he has already served. "These selfish, petty actions the last 20 years aren't who I am," Cheatham, who has admitted being addicted to crack cocaine, told the judge. "When I'm under the influence, I make bad decisions."

Broderick responded, "Yeah, I have two pages of them right here. These are the ones you got caught on."

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