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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Ex-North Tonawanda man denies drug dealing

LOCKPORT -- A former North Tonawanda resident, now living in South Carolina, pleaded not guilty to a six-count drug-dealing indictment Friday in Niagara County Court.

Jeremy A. Rivers, 26, denied three counts each of third-degree sale and possession of controlled substances.

Assistant District Attorney Peter M. Wydysh said Rivers sold painkillers in North Tonawanda on Sept. 12 and Nov. 7, 2006. On the first occasion a police agent bought Fentanyl patches, a strong painkiller that Wydysh said is usually prescribed for terminal cancer patients. On both occasions, Rivers also allegedly sold the pain pill OxyContin.

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Buffalo man again admits violating protection order

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man who had pleaded guilty months ago to first-degree criminal contempt, a plea bargain that was scrubbed when the judge refused to place him on probation, entered the same plea again Friday.

Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. told Timothy G. Winford, 25, of Baynes Street that he won't be permitted to withdraw his plea again. Sentencing was scheduled for Jan. 18; Winford faces up to four years in prison.

Winford admitted violating a court order of protection against a North Tonawanda woman by writing her a letter Aug. 8, 2006. Winford was arrested Sept. 15, 2006, when he visited the woman's home. Police chased him on foot down River Road, and Winford jumped into the Niagara River and swam to Tonawanda Island, where he was captured.

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Falls shooting suspect fails to appear in court

LOCKPORT -- An arrest warrant was issued Friday for a Niagara Falls teenager accused of shooting a man in the shoulder during an apparent robbery attempt in that city May 17.

Stephon R. Hilson, 17, of 25th Street did not appear Friday for a scheduled arraignment in Niagara County Court.

Assistant District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said Hilson was indicted on charges of first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He is accused of shooting Christopher R. Miller, 33, of Baker Avenue from behind near the corner of 59th Street and Girard Avenue.

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Man, 19, denies stealing car, crashing it

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court on Thursday to charges that he stole a car and crashed it repeatedly into a building on 19th Street in that city.

Gene H. Fuller, 19, of Ferry Avenue, is charged with second-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny.

Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said Fuller allegedly stole the vehicle on Falls Street on March 28 and crashed it into a restaurant supply business owned by Al Pawlikowski.

There was no information on a motive for his actions.

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Circular saw cuts man working on ceiling trim

CAMBRIA -- A man severed an artery in a circular saw accident Thursday night, according to Niagara County sheriff's deputies.

Deputies said they found Charles P. Forkel, 57, just before 9 p.m. in his Upper Mountain Road home, severely bleeding from his upper left arm.

Forkel had been on a ladder with the circular saw attempting to work on ceiling trim when he was injured, deputies said.

Sanborn Fire Department volunteers and Tri-Community Ambulance responded and were able to get the bleeding under control at the scene, deputies said.

Forkel was treated in Erie County Medical Center.

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