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>Drug dealer sentenced to 18 months in prison

LOCKPORT -- Travis D. Davis, 22, of Adam Street, was sentenced Thursday by Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. to 18 months in prison for selling cocaine.

However, Broderick recommended Davis, who had pleaded guilty to attempted fourth-degree possession of a controlled substance, for six months of "shock incarceration." Davis sold cocaine to police informants in Lockport Aug. 3 and 8, 2006.
Joshua L. Meadows, 27, of Main Street, Newfane, admitted to fifth-degree possession of cocaine and will be sentenced Jan. 18. Meadows told Broderick he had .27 ounces of cocaine when he was arrested Feb. 1 in the Town of Lockport.

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>INewfane boy hit by car listed in stable condition

NEWFANE -- An 11-year-old boy hit by a car Wednesday afternoon was upgraded Thursday from critical to serious but stable condition in Buffalo's Women and Children's Hospital.

Andrew Zysek, of 6285 Ridge Road, had just gotten off the bus and crossed the road in front of his house to get the mail at the time of the crash, Niagara County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Filicetti said.

The Newfane fifth-grader was hit by neighbor and Newfane Middle School teacher Judy Peterson, when he darted back to his house, Filicetti said. Peterson, who stayed at the scene and called for help, was not charged.

Sheriff's Capt. Steven Preisch said Peterson did not appear to be speeding and couldn't avoid Zysek.

Newfane Central School Superintendent Gary Pogorzelski called the accident a "dual tragedy" for the district and said counselors were brought in.

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>I2 plead not guilty to drug charges

LOCKPORT -- Two men pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Thursday to drug charges that resulted from searches of their homes.
Derek G. Hightower, 29, of Fairfield Avenue, Niagara Falls, is charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and second-degree criminal possession of marijuana. Hightower was on probation when his mother let a probation officer into his home June 11 and the officer found cocaine and marijuana.
Anthony J. Bennett, 22, of Dysinger Road, Lockport, denied charges of third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Assistant District Attorney Susan B. Bjornholm said police used a search warrant at Bennett's residence May 18 and came up with several bags of cocaine.

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>IMan admits using Internet to steal from bank account

LOCKPORT -- A man who used the checking account number of an incompetent elderly man to loot his bank account through the Internet pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court.
Mark C. Luskin, 36, of Chilton Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to second-degree identity theft and was scheduled for sentencing Jan. 9.
Luskin told Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. that his girlfriend, working as a home care aide for the man, was paid with a personal check from his estate, and he saw it lying on a table, so he copied down the account number.

"At the time, I was laid off and my money was running out," he said. He set up interest accounts to buy merchandise and withdraw funds.
Asked how much he stole between June 2005 and August 2006, Luskin told the judge, "They say $9,000, but that doesn't seem right to me. . . . I'd say $6,000, $7,000." A restitution amount will be determined at his sentencing.

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>IGuilty plea entered to contempt of court

LOCKPORT -- Benny D. Streeter, 41, of 18th Street, Niagara Falls, faces up to four years in prison after admitting in Niagara County Court on Thursday that he violated a court order of protection by phoning his estranged girlfriend March 15.
Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. scheduled sentencing for Jan. 10 on Streeter's guilty plea to first-degree criminal contempt of court. The original indictment also accused Streeter of pulling a gun on the woman and kicking her on other dates.

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