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2 sisters sentenced in assault of woman

LOCKPORT -- Two Niagara Falls sisters who assaulted a third woman outside a bar last May 7 received identical sentences Thursday from Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.

Shawanda A. Prather, 21, of 23rd Street, and Kamishia L. Prather, 21, of 20th Street, were placed on three years' probation and ordered to serve 20 days in the county work program and pay $155 each in restitution to the victim, Sabrina James.

A clump of James' hair was pulled out in the Highland Avenue fight. Broderick convicted the sisters of third-degree assault in a nonjury trial Jan. 31 but acquitted them on charges of robbing James of a cell phone and a small amount of cash.

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Man pleads not guilty in cocaine dealing case

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday in Niagara County Court on cocaine dealing charges.

Harrison Mozell III, 25, of Ashland Avenue, denied charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of having 1.37 grams of cocaine with the intention of selling it in Niagara Falls on Sept. 9.

In another drug case, Jodi Green, 25, of Sweetwood Drive, Lockport, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree cocaine possession and was scheduled for sentencing June 6 by Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. Green was arrested July 27 in the Town of Lockport on charges of intending to sell 1.69 grams of the drug.

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Attorney plans appeal of 90-day sentence

LOCKPORT -- Defense attorney Philip Dabney Jr. on Thursday vowed an appeal of a 60-day jail term imposed by City Judge William J. Watson on Alexander Hannon, 20, in connection with a July 2 melee that erupted when police tried to stop illegal fireworks being shot off on Trowbridge Street.

Wednesday, Watson sent Hannon to jail on his convictions for second-degree obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct. The maximum sentence was 90 days, but Dabney was dismayed nonetheless.

"I don't think he's objective," Dabney said of Watson. He accused the judge of bowing to pressure from the Police Department and said Watson was "making sure the city is set up to prevail in the civil suit."

Hannon has filed a notice of claim against the city, saying he was bitten by a police dog during the incident. No lawsuit has been filed yet, but Dabney, a former Niagara County prosecutor, said one will be.

Another person arrested in the fracas, Stephen I. Lewis, 21, of Gooding Street, drew the maximum 15 days in jail for disorderly conduct. The jury in his trial last month acquitted him of resisting arrest. Three other men have trial dates pending.

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Buffalo Avenue bar sustains fire damage

NIAGARA FALLS -- Fire caused heavy smoke damage to a Buffalo Avenue bar on Wednesday afternoon.

Eight fire units responded to the fire at Rock City Bar in the 8800 block of Buffalo Avenue just before 1:30 p.m.

City Fire Battalion Chief Mark D. Gray said the business was closed at the time of the fire, but a woman who lived in an apartment upstairs noticed the smoke and called the Fire Department. The cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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Would-be thief gets 5 years for cutting woman

LOCKPORT -- A man who tried to steal a North Tonawanda woman's purse, cutting her hand and face with a knife in the process, was sentenced Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. to five years in prison.

Scott J. Read, 40, of Seventh Street, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree robbery and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in connection with the Feb. 1, 2006, incident in the parking lot of Seneca Niagara Casino in Niagara Falls.

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