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Arraignment scheduled on child porn charge

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man is scheduled for arraignment next week on an indictment accusing him of downloading child pornography into his home computer from Limewire, a file-sharing Web site often used for music downloads.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth R. Donatello said Charles F. Harman, 44, of South Avenue, was to have been arraigned Thursday on four counts of possession and two counts of promotion of a sexual performance by a child, but the court appearance was postponed because of a scheduling mix-up.

Harman was arrested by state police April 19 after they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which monitored the porn traffic on the site in January, when Harman allegedly obtained and shared the material.


Nash Road man reports damage to 15 trees

WHEATFIELD -- A Nash Road man who found 15 trees damaged on his property estimated damage at $1,000, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Deputies said seven trees were cut down and eight trees had boards nailed to them; also, rope and duct tape were used to tie several trees together. The damage, reported Wednesday, was on 20 acres in the 6900 block of Nash Road.


Two charged in burglary convicted of misdemeanors

LOCKPORT -- Two Niagara Falls women who were indicted on a felony burglary charge were convicted of misdemeanors in a nonjury trial before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. The verdict in Wednesday's trial was released Thursday.

Selena Washington, 32, of Cedar Avenue, and Adrienne Jones, 33, of Centre Avenue, are to be sentenced Dec. 14 for second-degree criminal trespass. They were accused of breaking into an apartment on Linwood Avenue in Niagara Falls Nov. 13, 2006.

Evidence showed they wanted to recover a stolen 52-inch flat-panel TV set, but failed to do so. The indictment charged them of planning to beat a in the apartment woman with a stick, but she escaped unhurt.


Guilty plea entered to criminal contempt

LOCKPORT -- Franklin D. Mease Jr., 24, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree criminal contempt of court Thursday before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr., who set sentencing for Jan. 3.

Mease admitted writing letters March 9 and 10 to a woman who had a court order of protection against him. Mease was in the Niagara County Jail at the time.


Man, 27, hospitalized after being shot in leg

A Hastings Avenue man was being treated Thursday in Erie County Medical Center after he was shot inside a home on Bird Avenue, Buffalo police said.

Daytoin Williams, 27, was shot in the leg inside a home in the 200 block of Bird about 7:20 p.m., according to Michael J. DeGeorge, Buffalo police spokesman. Police said Williams was uncooperative with investigators.

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