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Makeup used to conceal bruises on pupil, 7

NIAGARA FALLS -- Authorities notified Child Protective Services early Friday after a 7-year-old Hyde Park Elementary School pupil showed up at school with extensive bruising over his face and neck.

Police said the school nurse determined that someone had applied makeup over the injuries in an apparent attempt to conceal them. An investigation is continuing.


Hatchet attack brings five years of probation

LOCKPORT -- A man who pleaded guilty to gashing his now-ex-wife's arm with a hatchet was placed on five years' probation Thursday and ordered to serve four months of weekends in the Niagara County Jail.

County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said the incident involving Owen P. Stone, 51, of 27th Street, Niagara Falls, was an isolated one and there were no records of previous domestic violence. Stone had pleaded guilty in May to second-degree assault, stemming from the March 25, 2007, incident.

Defense attorney James J. Faso asserted that the wife attacked Stone, who works as a farm laborer, and "got cut as he was pulling her away." Assistant District Attorney Lisa M. Baehre denied the woman was the aggressor.

The victim sought nearly $6,000 in restitution, but Sperrazza imposed none, because prosecutors didn't bring it up the day Stone pleaded guilty, and thus the judge was legally barred from ordering it.


Casino worker beaten while waiting for a bus

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man was beaten early Saturday at Third and Niagara streets, police said.

The victim had just left his job at Seneca Niagara Casino and was waiting for a bus just before 1 a.m. when a man at a nearby pocket park asked him for help with the sling he was wearing on his arm. When the victim approached, he was beaten -- suffering cuts and bruises -- and frisked for valuables. However, the attacker left empty-handed.


Teen gets 60 days in jail for role in burglary

LOCKPORT -- A Medina teenager whose attorney said he was recruited into a burglary scheme by his sister's boyfriend was granted youthful-offender status Thursday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.

The 16-year-old, who had pleaded guilty to petit larceny, was sentenced to 60 days in jail and three years' probation. Co-defendant Michael J. Codelia, 42, of Minard Street, Lockport, was sentenced Oct. 2 to two years in jail.

The burglary occurred Dec. 3 at the apartment of the 16-year-old's sister on Pine Street in Lockport.

Police said $1,000 worth of items were stolen, including clothes, two DVD players, a digital camera and a printer. Codelia's sentence included time for attempted second-degree forgery after he admitted using another man's personal information to apply for a credit card.


Two occupants of vehicle wander off after crash

NIAGARA FALLS -- A rollover crash in the 1500 block of Walnut Avenue early Saturday led to the arrest of two Fourth Street men, including the driver, who was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Police said witnesses saw the two walking from the scene after the vehicle hit a tree in the 1500 block of Pine Avenue just after 3 a.m. The two were tracked down a short time later, police said.

Craig M. Cusick, 21, also was charged with unlicensed operation, improper lane use and leaving the scene of an incident. Police said his blood-alcohol content was measured at .19, more than twice the legal limit.

His brother, Joshua M. Cusick, 24, was wanted on a warrant for failure to pay a fine and surcharge, police said.


Man arrested again 1 week after drug charge

NIAGARA FALLS -- A city man was charged with felony drug possession on Thursday afternoon at a Sixth Street drug house, a week after being arrested on similar charges, police said.

Judge Robert P. Merino raised the bail in City Court on Friday to $50,000 cash or $100,000 bond for Anthony D. Bones, 20, of Augustus Place.

On Oct. 17, Bones posted $10,000 bail after he was charged on two felony drug possession counts after a drug raid in the house at 510 Sixth St., police said.

Friday, he was sent to the Niagara County Jail on charges of fifth- and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

The Sixth Street house has been raided three times in the past five months and has netted several felony arrests, police said.

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