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Crash with school bus brings minor convictions

LOCKPORT -- A Yates man whose car rear-ended a Royalton-Hartland Central School bus April 28 was acquitted Wednesday on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated but was found guilty on two lesser counts.

Mark A. Stroede, 48, of Murdock Road was found not guilty of DWI by a Niagara County Court jury.

The jury, which deliberated about four hours, chose instead to convict Stroede of driving while his ability was impaired and also found him guilty of following too closely. Both are traffic violations that carry a maximum 15-day jail sentence. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza set sentencing for Feb. 16.

One child suffered a minor head bump in the 3:55 p.m. accident on Ridge Road in Hartland. Stroede refused a breath test, court papers said.


Not-guilty plea entered in Falls home break-in

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary and petit larceny in a Niagara County Court appearance Thursday.

David G. Dexter, 21, of 13th Street is accused of breaking into a home on Lafayette Avenue in Niagara Falls June 16. Police reports at the time said he stole a DVD player and a PlayStation 2 unit.


Falls man sentenced for drug possession

LOCKPORT -- Carl L. Pressley, 26, of Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, was placed on five years' probation Thursday for cocaine possession.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza also ordered Pressley to serve four weekends in jail and put in 200 hours of community service. Pressley had almost a quarter-ounce of cocaine in his possession when Niagara Falls police arrested him March 16.


Contempt of court brings term of 2 to 4 years

LOCKPORT -- A Chestnut Street man drew two to four years in state prison Thursday for first-degree criminal contempt of court and still faces other felony charges.

Christopher M. Williams, 37, was sentenced by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

Williams pleaded guilty Oct. 16 to violating a court order of protection Dec. 21 by entering a woman's home on Jackson Street in Lockport and choking her and pulling her hair.

Williams still faces assault and weapons possession charges in connection with a July 7 incident in which a man was stabbed in the stomach and arm with a broken beer bottle on Genesee Street in Lockport.


Lockport woman raped after nightclub encounter

A Lockport woman was raped early Monday by an unknown man she might have met at a Chippewa Street nightclub, police reported.

Central District police said she was at the nightclub on Chippewa Street, near Pearl Street, when she began to feel "tired and not quite right." Her friend arranged a ride for her at about 2 a.m.

Police said she passed out and the next thing she remembered was waking up with a man on top of her. She passed out again and awoke a second time, with the man still attacking her. She told police she felt like "she was unable to move her arms and legs." When she tried to tell him, "No," he slapped her across the face.

The woman was treated the next day in Erie County Medical Center.

The man was described as white, about 22 years old and 180 pounds, with spiked blond hair, blue eyes, tanned skin, and wearing jeans and an "Abercrombie" shirt. It was unclear where the rape happened, police said.

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