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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Florida police hold man wanted in bank robbery

NIAGARA FALLS -- William M. Bradigan, 34, of Frontier Avenue, wanted in the weekend robbery of a North Tonawanda bank branch, was arrested Tuesday evening and will be extradited from Florida.

Acting on a tip, Seminole Police in Tampa took Bradigan into custody in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. Police recovered his vehicle in West Virginia.

North Tonawanda police said Bradigan will be extradited as soon as possible to face charges of felony first-degree robbery and felony second-degree grand larceny.

Bradigan was charged as a co-conspirator in the robbery of the First Niagara Bank on River Road at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Bradigan's girlfriend, Heather M. Davey, 28, also of Frontier Avenue, was charged Monday by North Tonawanda detectives.

Originally Davey told police she was abducted by a gunman, taken to the bank and tied up, but later admitted that she and Bradigan had worked together on the heist.

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>Teen takes plea, agrees to testify in rape case

LOCKPORT -- A teenager who police say used the camera in his cellular telephone to take photos of an alleged gang rape pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor Tuesday and agreed to testify against three co-defendants.|

Antonio J. Sheppard, 16, of Gabriel Drive, admitted to endangering the welfare of a child. He is to be sentenced March 22 by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Scheduled to be tried on rape charges March 5 are three other 16-year-olds: Dontre R. Woods of Lock Street, Nicholas M. Smith of Crosby Avenue and Dartaine M. Ubiles of Frontier Avenue, Niagara Falls.

They are accused of raping a 15-year-old girl who has a mental disability during a 90-minute assault in Woods' home May 12. The images were deleted from Sheppard's cell phone.

Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner said no plea deals are in the works at the moment for any of the three defendants.

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>Falls police investigating headstone cleaning scam

NIAGARA FALLS -- City police said they are investigating whether a monument company worker may have pocketed money customers paid for services they thought were being provided.

The investigation began after a city woman recently told police that a man she went to see at Gray & Trigg Monument Co., 1608 Pine Ave., took a $50 deposit in July 2004 to clean her mother's headstone.

The woman said another employee called her Thursday to tell her there was no contract on file to clean the headstone.

The owner of the business told police that after he tried to tell a suspect in the case to refund the woman's money, the man left the monument company store, taking $75 and erasing computer records.

The man also took all of the businesses paper files, the owner said, and the owner also believes the man has taken more cash from other customers, according to police reports.

In all, three people have told the business owner the man took money from them, police said.

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>Over $700 in bus tokens stolen from county office

NIAGARA FALLS -- More than $700 worth of bus tokens were stolen from a locked cabinet in the Niagara County Social Services office on Tuesday.

An employee told city police that someone took a key from a drawer at the 11th Street offices overnight, unlocked a cabinet and took nine rolls of tokens. Staff told police that they believe that the thief was someone who knew or watched the area.

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>Falls man pleads guilty to assaulting infant son

LOCKPORT -- A man who injured his baby son when he wouldn't stop crying faces up to seven years in prison after pleading guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Michael Wilkins, 21, of Sixth Street, Niagara Falls, admitted to second-degree assault. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing Jan. 30.

Wilkins shook and squeezed his 3-month-old son, Marquez, Oct. 28 in his home. Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner said the child suffered three broken ribs, a lacerated liver, pooling of blood behind both eyes and a subdural hematoma, bleeding between the skull and his skin.

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