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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Plea deals reached in three Niagara cases

LOCKPORT -- Plea deals were reached just before the onset of jury selection Wednesday in three cases in Niagara County Court.

Coco N. Spencer, 23, of Gooding Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty to attempted criminal possession of a controlled substance on Oct. 5, 2005. Spencer is already serving time in prison for robbing a police drug informant and possessing crack cocaine and faces charges in a home invasion in 2006.
Also, David E. Geib, 56, of Tonawanda Creek Road, Clarence, pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Dec. 17 in Royalton.

Sargent L. Palmer Jr., 18, of Cleveland Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, crack cocaine intended for sale in Niagara Falls.

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>Man steals woman's van after forcing her inside

LOCKPORT -- An Olcott man was charged Tuesday with forcing a woman into her van, holding her against her will and then stealing the van when the woman jumped out.

Joseph A. Zavella Jr., 42, of Beach Street, was charged by Lockport police with felony second-degree robbery, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, fourth-degree criminal mischief, aggravated unlicensed operation and menacing.

A Lower Mountain Road woman said that on Monday night, Zavella forced her from the driver's seat on Ontario Street, drove away with her in the van and refused to stop. She said she was able to jump out on Ewings Road in Newfane by putting the van in park while he was driving. She said he then drove off.

Police said the woman spotted her van on South Transit Street at about noon Tuesday and within hours police tracked Zavella to Plank Road.

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>Numerous charges include sexual assault, child porn

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- A self-employed photographer faces numerous charges relating to sexual assault and child pornography, Niagara Regional Police said Wednesday.

Geoffrey B. Gilsey, 58, was initially accused of a sexual offense against a child in early March. Police executed a search warrant of his property March 28 and seized a computer system and other electronic equipment.

Authorities said Gilsey sexually assaulted two children and was arrested April 12 in his Niagara Falls home. Additional property was seized at that time, including a laptop computer, camera equipment, a cellular telephone, DVDs and videotapes, police said.

Gilsey was charged with two counts of making child pornography and one count each of possession of child pornography, sexual assault and sexual interference.

Gilsey remained in custody pending a bail hearing, which is scheduled Monday in St. Catharines. Police are encouraging anyone with information about the case to contact the department's child abuse unit at (905) 688-4111, Ext. 5100.

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