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Not-guilty plea entered to Royalton break-in

LOCKPORT -- Two Lockport men accused of trying to break into a home on Akron Road in Royalton on Jan. 15 have pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court.

Julius J. Vercruysse III, 27, of Lockwood Drive, and Joseph S. Gugliuzza, 37, of Washington Street, each denied a charge of attempted second-degree burglary.

Vercruysse also pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools. He allegedly broke a basement window and had a hammer and a two-way radio.

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One of three to be jailed on felony DWI counts

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. has sentenced three people on felony counts of driving while intoxicated, but only one will see the inside of a jail cell.

Wesley L. Pratt, 28, of Minnick Road, Lockport, who was pulled over Nov. 25 in the Town of Lockport, will serve six months in the county jail to start a five-year probation term. He also was fined $1,000.

Five years' probation and a $1,000 fine was the sentence for Matthew J. Lazzaro, 26, of Ferry Road, Grand Island, who was arrested Dec. 1, 2005, in Niagara Falls.

Sharon E. Henry, 24, of Welch Avenue, Niagara Falls, was placed on interim probation for six months, pending further sentencing. She was arrested Dec. 10, 2005, in Niagara Falls.

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Several Lockport fights result in six arrests

LOCKPORT -- Several unrelated fights broke out Tuesday and early Wednesday in Lockport, resulting in six arrests.

Police said they responded to a report of a large fight on Outwater Drive just before 4 p.m. Tuesday and saw Angel L. Roman, 19, of Washington Street, by the trunk of his vehicle, while his twin brother, Juan B. Roman Jr., placed a red bat in the car and tried to walk away. A search at the scene found Ruben A. Ruiz, 18, of Orchard Street, with a large wooden chair leg in his waistband and a metal hammer in his jacket.

Both Romans and Ruiz were charged with disorderly conduct and possession of a weapon. Police said all three had been involved in a fight earlier on Hawley Street.

In another fight call just before 11 p.m. Tuesday on East Avenue, Stanley B. Brown, 18, of Locust Street and Daniel M. Voelker, 30, of Branch Street, were seen fighting on the sidewalk and both were charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

At 3 a.m. Wednesday on William Street, police charged Christopher M. Howard, 19, of William Street with second-degree harassment.

An 18-year-old South Street man said Howard was highly intoxicated and was looking for another man.

The victim said that when he went back to bed, Howard followed him into the bedroom and punched him in the face several times, according to officers.

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