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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Resident says intruders ate cereal, stole soda

NIAGARA FALLS -- An 18-year-old Cleveland Avenue woman told city police two men entered her apartment through her living room window Tuesday night and ate two boxes of cereal and used two quarts of milk.

The woman, who said she spoke with her neighbor about the incident, said the men may have pushed an outside table near the living room window and entered the apartment.

The men also took a 12-pack of soda, she said.

The victim gave police the name of a suspect.

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>Buffalo man indicted in Wilson cocaine case

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man was indicted by a Niagara County grand jury Wednesday is accused of planning to sell cocaine in Wilson.
Willie K. Parker, 24, of Phyllis Avenue was charged with third- and fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested Dec. 14 with 1.53 grams of cocaine in his possession, authorities said.

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>Falls man, 34, convicted of rape, other charges

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was convicted Tuesday night on rape charges after a Niagara County Court jury deliberated for about nine hours.

Carlton D. Williams, 34, formerly of LaSalle Avenue, was found guilty of first- and third-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and third-degree sale and seventh-degree possession of a controlled substance.

It was exactly the same verdict another jury reached in September 2004, but the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court overturned the conviction in November on the grounds that a hearing should have been held on the legality of attempts to have the victim, then 16, pick Williams' photo out of an array of pictures. She failed to do so twice.

Williams was charged with raping the girl after smoking crack cocaine with her in Niagara Falls on Aug. 16, 2003. Three years ago, Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza sentenced Williams to 15 years in prison; she will resentence him July 26.

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>Raid on home uncovers marijuana operation

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. -- Hydroponic marijuana and growing equipment were seized Wednesday from a Niagara Falls home during a raid by Niagara Regional Police.

Police raiding the home at 2617 Claude Ave. discovered a large-scale grow operation. Police said the entire basement of the home was being used to grow marijuana.

Luom Van Quach, 44, a resident of the house, was charged with unlawfully producing marijuana, possession of marijuana for the purpose of trafficking and theft of hydroelectric services.

In all, 222 plants were seized. None of the plants were ready to be harvested, police said. The potential street value of the marijuana was estimated at about $225,000 (Canadian) with an additional $25,000 in equipment.

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