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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Falls resident admits dealing in crack cocaine

LOCKPORT -- Drug dealer Antoine D. Hudson pleaded guilty Tuesday in State Supreme Court here.

Hudson, 28, of Pierce Avenue, Niagara Falls, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing April 9 by Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr. Hudson sold crack cocaine in the Town of Niagara on June 10 and 16.

The sales occurred as Hudson was awaiting sentencing on another drug conviction last year. He was paroled from the state prison system's secure drug treatment program in December after a 3 1/2 -month stint there.

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>Search ruled legal in sex assault case

LOCKPORT -- Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III ruled Tuesday that a police search of the apartment of a man charged with sexually assaulting an 18-year-old woman was legal.

The alleged victim gave police the keys to the apartment on Cedar Avenue in Niagara Falls on June 30, hours after the alleged attack. Lennie D. Frankline, 33, is charged with assorted counts of kidnapping and sex crimes that could bring him a life prison sentence. His trial is to begin March 2.

He also is charged in the Bronx with attempted murder for allegedly following the woman there in early July, dousing her with gasoline and trying to set her on fire. Police have said Frankline tried to cause her to miscarry her baby by assaulting her; he allegedly was angry that someone else was the father.

The victim told Niagara Falls police that Frankline also poured gasoline on her in the Cedar Avenue apartment on the night of June 29 and videotaped the alleged assault. Officer Mark Martinez testified Tuesday there was a strong smell of gasoline in the apartment.

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>5 muggers, 3 with guns, beat man, steal sneakers

Five robbers stole a man's sneakers after they beat him at gunpoint Monday night.

The incident happened just after 9 p.m. at Lang and Floss avenues, between Genesee Street and East Delavan Avenue, near the former Turner Carroll High School, according to a Buffalo police report.

The five assailants demanded money from the victim, and when the man started walking away, two of them grabbed him and punched him in the mouth, the report said.

Three of the robbers had handguns, and the group took the man's sneakers before fleeing.

The police report did not include the victim's age.

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>Weapons and TV taken in East Side burglary

Burglars ransacked an East Side home and stole weapons and a flat-screen television, a woman told police Monday night.

A resident returning from work at 7:30 p.m. told police her home on Humason Avenue, off Genesee Street near the Cheektowaga town line, had been burglarized, according to a Buffalo police report.

Both the first and second floors of the home had been ransacked, the victim told police.

A 16-gauge shotgun and a bow were among the items taken, as well as a 30-inch television.

The burglars entered by forcing open a back door and kitchen window, according to the report.

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