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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Break-in at coin laundry brings arrest of 4 teens

LOCKPORT -- Four teenagers have been charged by city police in a break-in at a coin laundry on Chestnut Street.

Michael A. Smith, 18, of Washburn Street is charged with petit larceny, criminal mischief and fifth-degree possession of stolen property.

Bradley A. Lilley, 17, of Chapel Street; Anthony J. Allee, 16, of East Avenue; and Angel M. Sanney, 16, of Orchard Street were each charged with petit larceny.

The laundry owner told authorities Monday that his office was broken into and three cases of soda and a power grinder stolen.

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Police on warrant check make drug arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said that while checking cars for people with outstanding warrants Wednesday night they arrested a man carrying crack cocaine and marijuana.

Antoine D. Hudson, 25, of Hyde Park Boulevard, was stopped just before 10 p.m. in the 1700 block of Pine Avenue and charged with felony third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for sale and felony fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Police said that while arresting him on charges in an unrelated case, they found crack cocaine and marijuana on him. He also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Man accused of beating woman in her home

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police arrested a man accused of beating a 43-year-old woman and holding her against her will in her home Wednesday.

Thomas Juszczak, 43, of Cleveland Avenue is charged with unlawful imprisonment, second-degree harassment, assault with injury and third-degree menacing.

Police said he entered the woman's apartment, pulled her off her bed as she slept, slammed her head onto the floor and choked her until she was unconscious.

She told police that when she awakened, she was held against her will but managed to escape and call police when the man left the room.

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Youth status granted to teen in 2 felonies

LOCKPORT -- Two-time teenage felon Duron J. Cox was granted youthful-offender status this week by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., sealing Cox's sentence for a stabbing and a burglary.

Cox, 18, of Linwood Avenue, Niagara Falls, had been convicted of second-degree burglary by a jury Sept. 21. He broke into a Niagara Falls woman's home Aug. 26, 2005.

Cox also had pleaded guilty previously to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault for stabbing a 15-year-old Niagara Falls boy in the chest on Michigan Avenue in the Falls on March 26, 2005.

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Child molester given 6 months' probation

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls child molester was placed on probation for six months Thursday, while Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza considers further sentencing options.

William Graham Sr., 37, of Elmwood Avenue had pleaded guilty Oct. 12 to a reduced count of attempted first-degree sexual abuse. He had sexual contact with a child under age 11 on Feb. 5. The maximum penalty is four years in prison.

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Marijuana smugglers get 5 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- Two Monroe County marijuana smugglers were sentenced to five years of probation and four weekends in jail Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Holly A. McGrath, 20, of Rochester, and Alexandrea E. Toft, 22, of Farmington, had pleaded guilty to reduced charges of attempted second-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

They were arrested Jan. 28 on the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls, trying to bring seven pounds of marijuana over the border from Canada in a car McGrath was driving.

In another drug case Thursday, Jerome M. Baldwin, 50, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful possession of marijuana. He is accused of intending to sell 0.62 ounces of cocaine in Niagara Falls on July 13.

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Drug charge reduced in deal for testimony

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was allowed to plead guilty to a drug misdemeanor in Niagara County Court on Thursday, but he had to agree to testify against a co-defendant.

William C. Wilson III, 18, of Willow Avenue pleaded to seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing Feb. 8.

Prosecutors hope to use Wilson's testimony to help convict Antonio D. Porter Jr., 21, of Walnut Avenue, Niagara Falls.

The men were arrested March 15 on Walnut Street in Lockport and charged with intending to sell about one-fifth of an ounce of cocaine.

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