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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Drug plea nets weekends in jail, 3 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A Lewiston man will serve eight weekends in Niagara County Jail and three years of probation for cocaine possession.

Kevin A. Young Jr., 39, of Dutton Drive pleaded guilty Oct. 19 before County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to two counts of seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

The crimes occurred June 2 and 8, 2005, in Niagara Falls.

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Woman hit with pool cue during fight in tavern

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman suffered a head cut when struck with a pool cue during a fight in Norm's Tavern on Niagara Street about 2:30 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The 23-year-old North Avenue resident told police she recalled seeing a man swinging a pool cue and then was struck. She was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, police said.

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Fight leads to stabbing outside grocery store

NIAGARA FALLS -- A dispute outside a Pierce Avenue grocery store about 10 p.m. Friday ended with a 28-year-old city man being stabbed in the left forearm.

The victim told police he was attacked by a man who lunged at him with a small knife. The victim was treated in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, said police, adding that the injury was not serious.

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Robber uses note, threat to get cash from hotel

NIAGARA FALLS -- A robber fled the Hampton Inn on Rainbow Boulevard with nearly $200 around 8 p.m. Friday after handing a clerk a note demanding cash and claiming he had a weapon. Two men were observed in the hotel a short time before the robbery, police said. One of the men returned and committed the robbery, police added.

The robber was handed $176, and both men fled the scene, police said.

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Co-worker is suspected in theft of purse

NIAGARA FALLS -- Police said they suspect a co-worker of stealing the purse of an employee of DiCamillo's Bakery on Linwood Avenue on Friday.

The victim told police the purse, which contained $300 and the woman's resident green card, was swiped from beneath a table between 4 and 4:30 p.m.

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2 shotguns taken in house burglary

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Falls Street woman returning home from work Friday afternoon discovered someone had stolen two shotguns, police said.

The 12-gauge shotguns were taken from a bedroom, police said. A suspect who had visited the home earlier in the week offering to purchase the guns was identified and is being sought.

It was one of four break-ins police investigated Friday.

Police said a vacant Falls Street building was entered through a boarded-up window, and copper plumbing valued at $210 was removed.

An estimated $800 worth of items -- including a guitar, amplifier and computer speakers -- were taken from a 24th Street home between 3 a.m. and noon, police said.

A man fled from the basement of a Grand Avenue home Friday afternoon after being confronted by a resident. Nothing was missing from the home, police said.

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Drug house stakeout leads to two arrests

NIAGARA FALLS -- Two people were charged following a police stakeout at a known drug house in the 1200 block of Ninth Street Thursday evening.

Police said Ricky J. Tabb, 26, of Welch Avenue was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession and third-degree criminal possession with intent to sell. Anthony Q. Brooks, 25, of Seventh Street was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

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Two felonies admitted in Niagara County Court

LOCKPORT -- A former Niagara Falls resident admitted to two felonies in Niagara County Court on Tuesday.

Steffon D. Dickerson, 18, who said he now lives in Buffalo, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza could send him to prison for up to four years when she sentences him Jan. 23.

Dickerson was tracked down by Niagara Falls police Aug. 10 after a report of a man with a gun at 20th Street and Walnut Avenue. Dickerson, who also had 1.4 grams of cocaine, was apprehended in the 600 block of 20th Street, court papers said.

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