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>Roofer charged in theft of construction material

LOCKPORT -- A Newfane roofer has turned himself in to Lockport police following an investigation into stolen construction equipment and materials.

Carl G. Stiles, 25, of Meadowbrook Street was charged with felony possession of stolen property.

Officials of West Aluminum Co., Niagara Falls, reported $2,250 in materials and equipment stolen Sept. 15 from a job site in the 200 block of Locust Street.

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>Falls man faces charges in woman's beating

LOCKPORT -- Juan M. Cox, 29, of 24th Street, Niagara Falls, was arraigned on drug charges in Niagara County Court on Wednesday, and the prosecutor disclosed that Cox also is to be charged with the beating and choking of a North Tonawanda woman.
Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello told Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. that she will seek to indict Cox on a charge of first-degree assault in connection with the Nov. 11 attack on a 29-year-old woman in a North Tonawanda apartment. Donatello said the woman was choked into unconsciousness and still doesn't have full feeling in her head. She also was struck repeatedly in the head, causing a hematoma, where her hair has fallen out, Donatello said.
Cox pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana. He was arrested June 30 in Niagara Falls and accused of having crack cocaine and marijuana.

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>Drug courier sentenced to jail time, probation

LOCKPORT -- A woman who hauled marijuana and helped collect cash from customers of the Niagara Falls-based Clayton "Iceberg" Green drug ring was sentenced Wednesday to five years of probation, beginning with six months in jail, by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Kathryn Ortiz, 41, of the Bronx, had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree conspiracy. Assistant Attorney General Robert J. Lee, prosecuting the case for the state Organized Crime Task Force, said Ortiz and Rebecca Spann of Geneva took half a pound of marijuana from Niagara Falls to Geneva, where they then lived, in mid-February.

Investigators were tipped off through wiretaps and got a state trooper to pull the women's car over and search it, but Lee said the trooper did not find the marijuana.

Further wiretaps, he said, revealed that Ortiz withdrew from the drug ring after that. Lee said Green, who has pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison last month, also supplied the women with cocaine.

Spann sold it, he said, while Ortiz helped her collect from customers in Geneva. Spann is serving two to four years in prison.

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>$1,000 fine upheld for Ava's Place owner

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Randy Siford, operator of Ava's Place, 88 Webster St., must pay a $1,000 fine over work done at his bar without the proper city permits.

The city Building Department took Siford to court after discovering in November 2005 that he had installed a kitchen without plumbing or electrical permits or inspections and without a fire suppression system.

Last spring, a City Court judge ordered a $1,000 fine and the scheduling of a city inspection within 90 days. The inspection was done after the 90-day period, but the fine remained unpaid.

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