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>Grand jury indictment includes felony DWI

LOCKPORT -- A Wilson man has been indicted by a Niagara County grand jury on four counts, including felony driving while intoxicated.

No arraignment date has been scheduled yet for Michael J. Sidebottom, 24, of Chestnut Road. He is charged with felony DWI, running a stop sign, resisting arrest and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
He was arrested Dec. 14 at North Transit and Niagara streets in the City of Lockport, where he allegedly struggled with a police officer. Sidebottom had a small amount of cocaine at the time, court papers said.


>Guilty plea entered in marijuana-sale case

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls marijuana dealer pleaded guilty to a reduced charge Monday, the day a jury was to be chosen for his trial.
Eric C. Shimmel, 22, of South Avenue, admitted to fourth-degree criminal sale of marijuana and endangering the welfare of a child. Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for June 5.
Shimmel and Katherine M. Bond, 21, of Ferry Avenue, Niagara Falls, sold two bags of marijuana to a 14-year-old for $10 last May 6. The boy's father witnessed the deal and called police.
Bond pleaded guilty last week to the fourth-degree sale count and is to be sentenced June 8.


>Two stores in plaza on Transit burglarized

Two stores at an Amherst shopping plaza were burglarized over the weekend, town police said Monday.

At midday Sunday, police were called to the China King restaurant at 9648 Transit Road after workers found the back door had been pried open.

About $200 had been taken from the register.

Officers then discovered that the Super Cuts hair salon next door also had been burglarized. The door also had been jimmied open. It was not clear what had been taken from the hair salon.


>Male victim, 18, reports attack by two men

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 18-year-old man told city police that two men jumped him and beat him in the 3000 block of Highland Avenue just before 2 a.m. Monday.

The victim sustained a cut lip, police said. The victim also said he was not sure if the men used a weapon in the attack.


>Falls man, 22, accused of taking items from car

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Woodland Avenue man was charged with petit larceny Monday after a witness said he rummaged through a car and took some items.

David W. Clare Jr., 22, was arrested at 9 a.m. at a Portage Road address.
Officer Todd Faddoul said he interviewed Clare, who told him "I was putting brochures on vehicles and I found the door open so I closed it."

Faddoul said he found him with several bottles of cologne, several different brands of cigarettes, a large amount of change, a flashlight, two pairs of sunglasses, lighters, a crack pipe, a CD holder with several CDs, a dashboard compass and two cell phones.

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