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Falls man pleads not guilty to rape

A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court this week to an indictment accusing him of raping the same woman twice within a week.

Robert J. Jones, 32, of Niagara Street is charged with two counts of first-degree rape and single counts of third-degree assault and petit larceny.

Jones is accused of raping the woman, whom he knew, in North Tonawanda between Oct. 26 and 28 and again Nov. 1. Assistant District Attorney Claudette S. Antholzner said on the second occasion Jones also stole $500 from the victim.

In other court action this week, a Town of Lockport man was indicted by a grand jury on charges of assaulting a young woman with a frozen beer can June 28, causing what the prosecutor said was permanent damage to the victim's eye.

Kevin B. Price, 36, of Lockwood Lane is charged with first-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baerhe said the alleged victim is the daughter of Price's girlfriend.

Christopher R. Edmister, 22, of Dysinger Road pleaded not guilty to a five-count indictment accusing him of brandishing a shotgun at his girlfriend and striking the woman as she held their 23-day-old daughter in her arms June 8.

Edmister is charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and two counts each of endangering the welfare of a child and second-degree harassment. Baerhe said Edmister allegedly pulled the gun from under the bed during the reported confrontation.

A Niagara Falls man whose trial on attempted robbery charges ended in a hung jury Nov. 30 pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor this week.

Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. immediately sentenced Lester Scarbrough Jr., 22, of Tronolone Place to a year in jail. Scarbrough, who admitted to petit larceny, was accused of trying to rob the Quality Inn, 240 Rainbow Blvd. North, Niagara Falls, on Dec. 6, 2005.

Meanwhile, a Niagara Falls man admitted making more than $3,000 worth of fraudulent purchases with a business credit card.

Richard A. Little, 50, who listed addresses on Spring Street and Fairfield Avenue, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny and was scheduled for sentencing March 1 by Broderick.

Little used a card belonging to the NAPA Auto Parts store in Amherst to buy gasoline and other items last December and January.

The card was reported lost Dec. 8, but State Police couldn't determine how Little acquired the card. A grand jury refused to indict Little for possession of stolen property.

Cashiers at service stations in Niagara Falls and the Town of Niagara told police that Little made several gas purchases a day for different vehicles.

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