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POLICE & COURTS

'Shock incarceration' recommended in theft

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man was sent to state prison Friday for stealing a necklace from a schoolmate.

Joshua R. Sanfilippo, 18, of Euclid Avenue had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree robbery. He was sentenced to 1 1/3 to four years in prison by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

However, Broderick recommended Sanfilippo for the boot camp-style "shock incarceration" program, meaning he could be freed in about six months if he succeeds there. Sanfilippo stole the necklace Sept. 29, 2004, at North Tonawanda High School.

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Not guilty plea entered in drug smuggling try

LOCKPORT -- A Tuscarora Indian Reservation woman pleaded not guilty Friday to charges that she tried to smuggle three pounds of marijuana over the Rainbow Bridge from Canada Sept. 18.

Darlene M. Printup, 24, of Mount Hope Road was arraigned before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. on a charge of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said the marijuana was found in a duffel bag on the back seat of Printup's car.

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Teen arraigned in Falls burglary

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls teenager, who is on interim probation in a stabbing case, was arraigned Friday in Niagara County Court in connection with a burglary that occurred before he was placed on probation.

Duron J. Cox, 17, of Linwood Avenue pleaded not guilty to second-degree burglary, petit larceny and fourth-degree criminal mischief. He allegedly broke into a Niagara Falls woman's home Aug. 26.

On Jan. 5, Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. gave Cox a chance to show he could stay out of trouble for a year before giving him a final sentence for stabbing a 15-year-old boy in the chest March 26, 2005, on Michigan Avenue in Niagara Falls. The victim suffered a collapsed lung.

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Shoplifting attempt turns into robbery

LOCKPORT -- A Ruhlmann Road man was arrested following a shoplifting incident that turned into a strong-arm robbery about 2:35 p.m. Thursday at the Family Dollar store on Transit Road.

Arnold E. Page, 45, faces several charges, including robbery, resisting arrest and harassment. He was arrested following a chase by city detectives and State Police.

The manager of the store told police that he tried to stop Page at the door, but a struggle ensued and he was pushed to the ground.

The manager chased the suspect in his own vehicle to nearby Willow Park, said police, who arrested Page at South Transit and High streets.

Police said they recovered the stolen items, including three shirts and two packs of socks valued at $40.

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Man gets 'huge break' in arson, robbery try

LOCKPORT -- A Wheatfield man was placed on three years probation Friday for robbing a store and torching a pickup truck.

Michael V. D'Avolio, 48, of Balla Drive received what Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. termed "a huge break" on his guilty pleas to attempted third-degree robbery and fourth-degree arson. D'Avolio had been on interim probation since the fall of 2004, and said he has been free of his cocaine addiction for almost 18 months.

D'Avolio held up the D&K store on Niagara Falls Boulevard in Niagara Falls on April 2, 2004, and set a pickup truck afire Feb. 17, 2002. He still owes $11,820 of a $21,000 restitution tab for the arson, Broderick said.

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Guilty plea entered in cocaine possession

LOCKPORT -- Timothy A. Hicks, 31, of Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Friday to cocaine possession.

Hicks is to be sentenced for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance May 30 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. Hicks was arrested June 5 when Niagara Falls police found six bags of cocaine, totaling two-tenths of an ounce, in the center console of an illegally parked car.

Another man in the car, Anthony R. Haynes, 36, of Gwinn Street, Medina, pleaded guilty previously and was prepared to testify against Hicks in a trial that was to begin Monday.

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