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Fire does $30,000 damage at vacant Falls home

NIAGARA FALLS -- A kitchen fire sparked a blaze that caused $30,000 damage Friday to an unoccupied house at 3545 Sherwood Ave., the Niagara Falls Fire Department said.

City firefighters quickly knocked down the 1 p.m. fire. Damage to the building was estimated at $20,000, with damage to the contents set at $10,000.

In another marijuana case, Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. placed Darrell E. Patterson on interim probation for a year, pending further sentencing.

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Cocaine plea brings 18 months in prison

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sentenced a Niagara Falls man to 18 months in state prison this week on a cocaine possession charge.

Morris L. Shavers, 38, of Ninth Street, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Shavers sold 1.95 grams of crack cocaine in Niagara Falls Nov. 10, 2005, and 5.38 grams Nov. 22, 2005.

In other Niagara Falls drug cases before Sperrazza, Darnell M. Humphrey, 22, of Cleveland Avenue was sentenced to a year in the county jail for attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He had been charged with trying to sell 0.15 of an ounce of cocaine out of his car on Niagara Street in Niagara Falls Feb. 3.

Arthur J. Miller Jr., 35, of South Avenue drew three years probation for seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested March 23 after police raided his home and found cocaine hidden in the bathroom. It was allegedly placed there by co-defendant Julius Hall Jr., 21, of Pierce Avenue, against whom Miller agreed to testify.

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