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Two vacant homes in Falls damaged in suspicious fires

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls firefighters were called to a blaze in a vacant home on Eighth Street on Tuesday night.

The fire began at about 9:16 p.m. at 424 Eighth St., the Fire Department reported.

It caused $30,000 damage and $10,000 in exposure damage at 428 Eighth St., another vacant home. The cause of the blaze is under investigation but was called suspicious.

Another suspicious fire caused $10,000 damage to a vacant home early Tuesday on MacKenna Avenue.


SUV heavily damaged in overnight vandalism

NIAGARA FALLS -- Damage was put at $1,500 to an SUV vandalized in an alley in the 2400 block of LaSalle Avenue overnight Tuesday.

Police said the Saturn VUE's four tires were slashed, a rear taillight broken, windshield and rear passenger windows smashed and the rear tailgate dented.


Object hurled at bus carrying five children

NIAGARA FALLS -- The driver of bus carrying five children said someone threw a large block -- possibly ice -- at the vehicle in the 1000 block of 11th Street just after noon Tuesday.

No one was injured, but a passenger window was damaged. A bus aide said she saw a man hurl the object and flee. Damage was put at $150.


Probation, jail time ordered in DWI case

LOCKPORT -- A Lockport man was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation, a $1,000 fine and 12 weekends in the county work program for his guilty plea to a felony count of driving while intoxicated.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the penalties on Adam Henry, 21, of Prospect Street, who was arrested April 26 in the City of Lockport.

In another drunken-driving case before Murphy, Aaron M. Watts, 30, of Lake Road, Somerset, pleaded guilty to felony DWI and is to be sentenced April 15. Watts was arrested Oct. 5 in Royalton.


Falls man pleads guilty to having stolen handgun

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man pleaded guilty Wednesday in Niagara County Court to having a stolen .32-caliber handgun when he was arrested Dec. 14, 2007.

Kevin D. Harris, 27, of Ferry Avenue, admitted to fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Niagara Falls police found the gun when they stopped the car in which he was riding in the 600 block of 19th Street.

Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza scheduled sentencing for May 7.


Woman rescued in fire connected to cooking

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman who fell asleep cooking sausage in her second-floor residence at 761 Fourth St. was awakened by smoke and had to be rescued by the Niagara Falls Fire Department at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Ora Brown, 43, was plucked from a balcony and later treated for smoke inhalation, authorities said.


Man sleeping in car is charged with DWI

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Rochester man who was found sleeping in an idling car was charged early Tuesday with his driving while intoxicated -- for the third time in the past 10 years.

Dartanyon A. Robinson, 38, of Jefferson Avenue, was discovered at 3 a.m. on Monroe Avenue with his car running, making it impossible for other cars to pass, police said. Police said they had to wake him up. Robinson also was charged first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation.


Guilty plea entered to cocaine possession

LOCKPORT -- A Buffalo man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to a cocaine possession charge.

Timothy Cobb, 26, of Lemon Street, admitted to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was arrested Sept. 27, 2007, in a police raid on a house on 18th Street in Niagara Falls. Cobb had 770 milligrams of cocaine.

Cobb is to be sentenced April 28 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza. State prison time is mandatory, since Cobb is a second-time felon; he was convicted on a drug charge in Chautauqua County in 2005.

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