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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Guilty plea is entered for cocaine possession

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man admitted Wednesday to possessing almost half an ounce of cocaine when police captured him in a raid at a home on Linwood Avenue in that city Aug. 3.

Wilbert Hayes III, 22, of Pierce Avenue, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for Aug. 15.

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>Sex offender, 40, pleads guilty to not registering

LOCKPORT -- A Level 3 sex offender who failed to keep police informed of his whereabouts pleaded guilty in Niagara County Court on Wednesday.

Steven C. Huston, 40, of Michigan Street, admitted to a felony count of failure to register. Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. promised to sentence Huston to six months in jail to start a five-year term of probation; he is to make it official Aug. 14.

Huston also has pleaded guilty in Lockport City Court to a prior failure to register and is awaiting sentencing by Judge William J. Watson. Attorneys in the case said concurrent sentencing was a possibility. The felony charge was filed after Huston failed to report to police where he was living between March 23 and April 14. Level 3 offenders are supposed to report their address every 90 days.

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>Welfare swindler must repay county $35,112

LOCKPORT -- A woman who pleaded guilty to welfare fraud was placed on three years' probation Tuesday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., who also ordered her to repay the county $35,112.
Sadie J. Taylor, 27, of Allen Street, Lockport, had admitted to a reduced charge of petit larceny for collecting the benefits between May 2003 and May 2005. She obtained day care benefits for her children even though prosecutors said their then-unemployed father could have taken care of the children while she worked.

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>Pushing friend off porch brings plea of guilty

LOCKPORT -- A Maplewood Drive man who shoved a friend off his porch, causing him to fall and break his hip, pleaded guilty Tuesday before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
Matthew J. Jellings, 20, is to be sentenced Aug. 21 for third-degree assault. The incident, in which Frank McPherson of North Tonawanda was hurt, occurred March 11.

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>Woman who stabbed 2 gets 3 years' probation

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls woman who stabbed two men after being thrown out of a bar in that city avoided jail time Tuesday.
Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. placed Amy L. Zacher, 25, of Welch Avenue on three years' probation. He also ordered restitution totaling $2,784 to the victims and the Niagara County crime victims' program. Zacher, who had pleaded guilty to two counts of third-degree assault, stabbed John Christian, the brother of the bar owners, and Christian's friend, Scott O'Harrow, in the July 23 incident.

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>Car break-in yields over $6,000, owner says

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Sanborn woman told police more than $6,000 in checks and cash were stolen from her locked car parked in the 100 block of Main Street between 9:45 and 11 p.m. Monday.
The woman said the thief made off with a bag containing $5,000 in checks, $1,000 in money orders, $200 in cash and credit cards, health cards and 20 apartment keys.

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>Woman reportedly bites Goodyear Tire employee

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Niagara Falls Boulevard woman charged with assault and harassment is accused of biting an employee of the Goodyear Tire store on Military Road just before 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The suspect, Krisanne A. Corio, 25, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, bit the 32-year-old employee as he attempted to escort her from the store, police said.

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