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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Homeless man pleads guilty to attempted cocaine sale

LOCKPORT -- Calvin R. Burton, 48, whom his attorney called homeless, pleaded guilty to a drug-dealing charge Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza promised to sentence Burton to no more than five years in state prison when he returns to court April 30, and in the meantime she released him on $10,000 bond. The legal maximum is eight years for Burton's plea to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance.

Burton, who formerly listed an address on Genesee Street in Lockport, admitted selling cocaine to an undercover officer July 24 in Lockport.

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Man denies he forged checks on mother's account

LOCKPORT -- A Cambria man appeared in Niagara County Court to complete his arraignment on charges of stealing more than $50,000 from his mother.

Matthew C. Ferguson, 21, of Lower Mountain Road, had appeared in court without an attorney two weeks ago. Represented by a public defender Thursday, he completed the process of pleading not guilty to second-degree grand larceny and eight counts each of second-degree forgery and second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Assistant District Attorney Brian D. Seaman said Ferguson allegedly forged checks on his mother's account from April 2007 through May 2008.

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Woman admits store thefts, will testify against 3 others

LOCKPORT -- Adrienne Williams, of Rochester, became the first of four women charged in a series of thefts from Lockport stores to plead guilty when she admitted to two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Williams, 43, agreed to testify against the other three women if they go to trial as scheduled March 23. They are Mansa K. McNeil, 22; Priscilla Gumpton, 42; and Florence M. Copp, 44. Williams pleaded guilty after viewing Wal-Mart surveillance video of herself Thursday.

Williams admitted taking part in shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from the Lockport Wal-Mart on Sept. 5, when Copp and Gumpton allegedly were also involved, and joining all three co-defendants in a Sept. 11 attempt to steal what police said were $2,000 worth of video games from the same store. Other alleged thefts by some of the women occurred Aug. 28 at Wal-Mart and Sept. 2 at Blockbuster Video, police said.

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Sex offender admits failing to report move

LOCKPORT -- A Level 2 sex offender who didn't fill out the proper state form to report a change of address pleaded guilty to a felony Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Lisa R. Golden, 39, filed a form May 1 saying she was moving to an apartment on Bryant Street in North Tonawanda.

However, she said, the landlord barred her from moving in after finding out she was a sex offender. She said she moved to the Town of Tonawanda and informed local police but didn't file another form with the state.

Golden, who said she intends to live on Spruce Street in Lockport when she gets out of jail, is to be sentenced April 16 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. Golden is on the sex offender list for pleading guilty in 2004 to having sex with a 16-year-old youth in the City of Tonawanda.

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Falls man pleads guilty to lesser count in burglary

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to breaking into a woman's apartment on Buffalo Avenue on March 17.

Harley D. Glenn, 26, of 71st Street, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree burglary. Judge Matthew J. Murphy III set sentencing for April 30.

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Man admits to lesser charge in gun possession case

LOCKPORT -- Terrance S. Lewis, 39, of Garden Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to a gun possession charge Thursday in Niagara County Court.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing April 30.Lewis admitted to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. Niagara Falls police arrested Lewis with a .22-caliber revolver on March 20."

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