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Wheatfield lumberyard burglarized; 2 arrested

WHEATFIELD -- Niagara County sheriff's deputies apprehended two men after receiving a report early Thursday of a burglary in progress at 84 Lumber on Lockport Road.

Authorities received the tip just after 1:30 a.m. and found one of the men carrying roofing shingles to a hole in the fence of the lumberyard.

Patrick Dugan, 26, of Walmore Road, was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, petit larceny, possession of burglary tools, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a radio device.

The second man was identified as Troy Shepherd, 20, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls. Charges have not been filed against him. The investigation is continuing, deputies said.

The shingles were valued at $594, and damage to the fence was estimated at $300.


Driver expects prison in crash of two SUVs

LOCKPORT -- Gary K. Miles "anticipates he will be incarcerated" for triggering a two-SUV crash on South Transit Road that forced a sheriff's deputy to rescue a woman from her burning vehicle, Miles' lawyer said Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Miles, 29, of Gardenwood Drive, Lockport, hasn't been indicted yet, but Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said in court Miles faces a probable Class C felony, worth a maximum of 15 years behind bars. Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict said Miles "wants to get his affairs in order."

Deputy Roger Schreader pulled Charlene Cescon, 45, from her car at South Transit and Rapids roads Aug. 29 after Miles' Jeep crossed the center line and slammed head-on into Cescon's Ford Escape.

Miles allegedly was drunk at the time.

Cescon suffered a broken ankle, six broken ribs and a gashed head.

Judge Matthew J. Murphy III set $25,000 bail for Miles on a charge that the arrest violated his Erie County probation sentence for attempted possession of a forged instrument.

Brenner said Miles has two previous convictions for impaired driving.

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