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>Felony weapons charge lodged after traffic stop

Amherst police have arrested a Buffalo woman on a felony weapons charge after claiming that they found a loaded handgun in her purse following a routine traffic stop.

Candice Camm, 22, of Winslow Avenue, also was charged with criminal impersonation, aggravated unlicensed operation and two violations, according to police records.

The incident occurred on Sheridan Drive late Monday afternoon, when Officer Thomas Brown stopped a vehicle for having no license plate on the front of the car. Brown became suspicious after the woman's stated age didn't match the date of birth she gave him.

Police later determined that the woman was driving with a suspended license.

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>Guilty plea entered to felony DWI count

LOCKPORT -- An Amherst man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

Jason C. Mesler, 23, of Tonawanda Creek Road, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner recommended that Murphy give Mesler no more than six months in jail -- the maximum is four years -- but the judge made no commitment.

Mesler was pulled over Aug. 2 in the City of Lockport after failing to signal a turn and refused a breath test, Brenner said.

The guilty plea also takes care of Mesler's arrest July 9 in Lockport on a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Brenner told Murphy the evidence in that case was "relatively weak."

Mesler told a state trooper he had used marijuana and Xanax the day before, Brenner said.

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>Construction firm founder convicted of misdemeanors

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara County Court jury Monday convicted the founder of a construction company Monday on two misdemeanor counts stemming from a confrontation while he was behind the wheel of his sport utility vehicle.

Benjamin M. Sicoli, 79, of North Ridge Road, Lewiston, was found guilty of third-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment in the July 2007 incident on the construction site of a residential subdivision in Lewiston.

Thomas M. Rall, 46, of Grand Island, complained that Sicoli, the founder of Sicoli & Massaro Construction, ran him down with his SUV and broke his leg. He later amended that to a sprained leg.

The incident occurred on Sicoli's land next to a subdivision where Rall was working as a subcontractor.

Assistant District Attorney Charles F. Pitarresi said the jury, after two hours of deliberation, acquitted Sicoli of felony assault and also rejected the options of convicting him of intentional or criminally negligent misdemeanor assault.

They convicted Sicoli on a count of reckless misdemeanor assault along with the reckless endangerment.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza could give Sicoli a year in jail when she sentences him Dec. 4.

Defense attorney James Roscetti said Sicoli took the stand last week and denied striking Rall.

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