Teen enters plea in wave of burglaries
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls teenager pleaded guilty to two felonies Friday to settle an indictment that charged him with six burglaries in an 18-day period.
Tamel Pruitt, 16, of Cedar Avenue, admitted to two counts of attempted second-degree burglary and was scheduled for sentencing April 15 by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. The sentence will include a total of $2,760 in restitution to the four Niagara Falls residents whose homes Pruitt broke into; two of them were victimized twice each.
Pruitt broke into two apartments in the same building on Tronolone Place Sept. 15 and again Oct. 2. He also entered separate homes on 16th Street Sept. 24 and Oct. 1.
Not-guilty plea entered in car theft and chase
LOCKPORT -- A Tuscarora Indian Reservation man pleaded not guilty in Niagara County Court Friday to charges stemming from an alleged auto theft and subsequent police chase in Niagara Falls Sept. 28.
Roland T. White, 35, of Chew Road, denied charges of fourth-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of unlawfully fleeing police in a motor vehicle, reckless driving, possession of burglary tools, driving while impaired, third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
Niagara Falls police said a car was stolen on 21st Street and they chased it before it was abandoned on Cudaback Avenue. The driver was captured after a short foot pursuit.
Bigger problem awaits man pleading in gun case LOCKPORT -- David F. Pryor pleaded guilty Friday to bringing a loaded gun into the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center emergency room, but his legal troubles may be only beginning.
Defense attorney James J. Faso said in Niagara County Court that he is negotiating a plea deal for Pryor, 36, of Hyde Park Boulevard, Niagara Falls, in connection with the alleged theft of more than $100,000 in what Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza called a "white-collar crime."
Faso declined to give more details, and the prosecutor in the theft case, Heather Sloma-DeCastro, could not be reached to comment.
Pryor is to be sentenced May 7 on his plea to attempted second-degree weapons possession for having the .32-caliber Derringer when he was brought into the hospital by ambulance while unresponsive March 17.
Prison term handed to suspect in pot sale
LOCKPORT -- A marijuana dealer was sentenced to 18 months in prison Friday by Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
Scott M. Radowsky, 40, of Oliver Street, North Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal sale of marijuana for selling 26.42 grams of the drug to a police agent in North Tonawanda May 6.
In another case Friday, Sperrazza sentenced Roy D. Barr to a year in County Jail for attempted third-degree burglary.
Barr, 28, of River Road, Wheatfield, also must pay $1,447 in restitution to the Medicine Shoppe on Pine Avenue in Niagara Falls. Its doors were smashed in the June 16 break-in.
Man gets prison term in stolen gun case
LOCKPORT -- A Rochester man was sentenced to four years in prison Friday in a stolen gun case by Acting Niagara County Judge William J. Watson.
Jermaine C. Lloyd, 26, of Rochester, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal possession of a weapon. He was arrested Jan. 1, 2007, in an apartment on Lincoln Avenue in Lockport, where police went to investigate a vandalism report.
Probation violators returned to prison
LOCKPORT -- Acting Niagara County Judge William J. Watson imposed prison terms of one to three years on a pair of probation violators Friday.
James M. Reed III, 37, of Niagara Falls, violated probation in an assault case by failing to pay restitution. Originally ordered to pay $2,358, Reed paid $27, Assistant Public Defender Robert Viola said. Reed slashed a woman's leg with a piece of broken glass in 2002.
Qumane R. Dykes, 18, of Vanderbilt Avenue, Niagara Falls, broke probation for failing to obtain drug treatment. Watson recommended him for the state's boot camp-style "shock incarceration" program. Dykes had received probation for burglarizing a Niagara Falls home in 2006.
Falls police officer hurt in two-car crash
NIAGARA FALLS -- Officer Troy Earp suffered minor injuries when his patrol car was struck by another auto in front of Police Headquarters Friday night, Lt. Roger Freeman said.
Freeman said Earp was expected to be released after treatment in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, while the driver of the other vehicle was arrested. No information was available for release on his identity or the charges, Freeman said.
The accident occurred about 8:15 p.m. shortly after Earp exited the driveway of the Public Safety Building at 520 Hyde Park Blvd.