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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Juvenile sought in Falls after home invasion

NIAGARA FALLS -- A juvenile is wanted by police for punching and trying to strangle a 19th Street man and a woman Tuesday.

The man said the juvenile came into his home just after 2:30 p.m., screaming and punching him in the face. He said the boy then started throwing items and tried to strangle him.

A woman acquaintance said she tried to intervene but was pushed to the floor and punched in the chest.

The man was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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>Doughnut shop worker accused in cocaine case

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 17-year-old doughnut shop employee is accused of selling drugs in the store's parking lot.

Police said they were called to the shop, in the 3000 block of Pine Avenue, at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Michael Murphy of Sherwood Avenue was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, police said. He had an eighth of an ounce of crack cocaine, police added.

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>Woman pleads not guilty to slashing man

LOCKPORT -- The estranged wife of murder suspect Ray T. Townsend pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Wednesday to charges that she slashed a man with whom she started a relationship after Townsend's arrest.

Darlene Townsend, 37, of Waterman Street, denied charges of second-degree assault, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The indictment accuses her of using an unknown sharp object Oct. 22 to attack a Pine Street man in his home. Darlene Townsend allegedly had cocaine in her possession when she was arrested.

Ray Townsend is charged with beating Robert J. Camarra, 54, to death with a baseball bat March 19. Prosecutors have said the motive appeared to have been anger over Camarra's relationship with Darlene Townsend.

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>Routine traffic stop ends in drug arrests

NIAGARA FALLS -- City officers making a routine traffic stop Tuesday on Fourth Street uncovered more than three ounces of cocaine and charged two men with felony criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell.

Robert A. Campbell, 30, of 80th Street, and Mentor Palokaj, 23, of the Bronx, were arraigned Wednesday in City Court, and both are in Niagara County Jail in lieu of bail.

Campbell was also charged with illegal signals and insufficient headlights just before 6:30 p.m. near the Seneca Niagara Casino hotel.

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>Woman, 18, denies marijuana charge

LOCKPORT -- An 18-year-old woman, whose mother called police after finding marijuana in her bedroom, was arraigned in Niagara County Court on Wednesday.

Shayn M. Doyle, of Northview Drive, Lockport, denied a charge of second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Police reports said the woman's mother found 1.23 pounds of marijuana in her daughter's bedroom May 1.

In another drug arraignment Wednesday, Jason D. Covert, 32, of Zito Drive, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He and a co-defendant, Brandon L. Reyes, 23, of Saunders Settlement Road, Lockport, are accused of intending to sell one-third of an ounce of cocaine in Niagara Falls June 13. Reyes is awaiting arraignment on the same charges.

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>Two plead guilty to drunken driving

LOCKPORT -- Two men pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Tuesday to driving while intoxicated, while a third man denied the charge at his arraignment.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing Feb. 13 for Stephen J. Veihdeffer, 44, of Bridgeman Road, Sanborn, and for Christopher M. Kudela, 35, of Morgan Drive, Lewiston. Veihdeffer, who pleaded guilty to felony DWI, was arrested Jan. 24 in Niagara Falls. Kudela, who admitted to misdemeanor DWI and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, was pulled over July 20 in the Town of Niagara.

Michael D. McKenna Jr., 34, of Sunnyside Drive, Town of Niagara, pleaded not guilty to felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. His car was pulled over Aug. 26 in Wheatfield.

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>Unsuccessful candidate sentenced for fraud

LOCKPORT -- An unsuccessful candidate for Royalton supervisor in the 2005 election was fined this week and ordered to perform community service as a penalty for nominating petition fraud.
William N. Dust Sr., 65, of Chestnut Ridge Road, pleaded guilty Sept. 25 to attempted misconduct in regard to election petitions. City Judge William J. Watson on Monday fined him $200 plus a $95 surcharge, gave him a one-year conditional discharge and imposed 35 hours of community service.

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