>Medina woman, 36, admits statutory rape
LOCKPORT -- An Orleans County woman who had a long-running affair with a 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty Tuesday to statutory rape.
Sherrie L. Joy, 36, formerly of Murdock Road, Lyndonville, but now living in Medina, admitted to having sex with the boy Nov. 28 in Somerset. Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing Aug. 23 on a charge of third-degree rape, which carries a maximum four-year prison term.
Defense attorney Frank L. LoTempio Jr. said the terms of the plea deal called for Joy not to be prosecuted further in Orleans County, where most of the sexual encounters between Joy and the boy occurred.
>Ex-school monitor guilty of viewing child porn
LOCKPORT -- A former cafeteria monitor at Starpoint Central School was placed on six years' probation Tuesday for two counts of attempted possession of a sexual performance by a child.
Jeffrey J. Klein, 27, of Wheatfield-Pendleton Townline Road, was charged with viewing child pornography on a computer twice last August at the Shawnee Fire Company in Wheatfield, where he was then a member. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. ordered that Klein must stay away from schools and unsupervised contact with anyone under age 17.
Klein was rated a Level 1 sex offender, the least severe classification. Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said in court that she did not regard Klein as sexually violent or a sexual predator.
>Ex-treasurer accused of credit-card misuse
LOCKPORT -- The former treasurer of Tri-Community Ambulance Co. was indicted by a Niagara County grand jury Tuesday on charges of using a company credit card to make more than $16,000 worth of personal purchases during 2006.
Lawrence E. Sparks Jr., 51, of Shenk Road, Sanborn, is charged with third-degree grand larceny. Second Assistant District Attorney Holly E. Sloma said Sparks used the credit card to buy gasoline at first before using it for other purchases.
>Woman, 21, gets prison for drug possession
LOCKPORT -- A woman involved in cocaine dealing in Lockport was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr.
Amber N. Fontana, 21, of Tudor Lane had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell. She brought a load of cocaine in a safe to Washington Street in Lockport June 3, 2006, as demanded by four Niagara Falls men who had forced Rico L. Freeman, 22, also of Tudor Lane, to leave his apartment at gunpoint and get them the drugs. The four assailants all have pleaded guilty.
In another drug case Tuesday, Marcus A. Owens, 19, of 23rd Street, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and was promised youthful offender status by Broderick. Owens was arrested Aug. 16 when Niagara Falls police said he was smoking marijuana on a 23rd Street porch. Police said they found two shotgun shells in Owens' pocket and a sawed-off shotgun in some nearby bushes.
However, Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Owens was to be indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on separate charges of selling cocaine to a police informant in the Town of Niagara last year while he had a loaded gun in his pocket.
>2 burglars draw jail; one also gets probation
LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldcon Sperrazza sent two burglars to jail Tuesday.
Timothy S. Reinard, 38, of West Avenue, Lockport, drew 1 1/2 to three years in prison for attempted third-degree burglary. He also must pay $1,210 in restitution to the closed Tuscarora Club on Walnut Street in Lockport, which he broke into April 8, stealing alcoholic beverages and audio equipment.
Matthew P. Parker, 17, of Eagle Street, Medina, will serve six months in jail to start a five-year probation term for attempted second-degree and attempted third-degree burglary. Parker took part in three break-ins at the same home on North Hartland Road in Hartland Dec. 20, 21 and 22, and one Dec. 22 at Ridge Animal Hospital on Stone Road in Hartland. Nicholes Boryszewski, 25, of Sherman Road, Middleport, also is under indictment in those cases.
>Three felony charges face break-in suspect
NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls Boulevard man is accused of breaking into a Niagara Falls Boulevard service station just after 4 a.m. Tuesday, police said.
Daniel Davis Sr., 44, is charged with felony burglary, felony criminal mischief and felony grand larceny.
Police responding to a burglary alarm at the Stop N Gas in the 8800 block of Niagara Falls Boulevard chased a pickup truck operated by Davis along 95th and 98th streets. After Davis stopped the pickup in a field, he led police on a short foot chase and was collared by city police Lt. Christopher Lofstrand and Town of Niagara Officer Craig Guliani, police said.
Police said they recovered a laptop computer.