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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Traffic stop for speeding results in DWI charge

WHEATFIELD -- A North Tonawanda man driving more than 90 mph Tuesday on Fritz Road was also charged with driving while intoxicated, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said.

Mario L. DiBartolomeo, 23, of Moyer Road, was stopped just before 3 a.m. and told deputies, "OK, you caught me," and that even though he knew he was speeding, he "didn't know it was that much," deputies said.

He also was charged with speeding and speed not reasonable and prudent. Deputies said his blood-alcohol level was 0.15 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.

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>Man finally arrested on 2006 DWI charge

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was arraigned Tuesday in Niagara County Court on a nearly 3-year-old drunken driving indictment.

Michael D. Snowden, 35, of Cudaback Avenue, pleaded not guilty to felony driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and driving an unregistered vehicle. He also is charged with violating his probation on a 2003 DWI conviction.

He was arrested in Niagara Falls on Dec. 16, 2006, but couldn't be found when he was later indicted. Deputy District Attorney Theodore A. Brenner said the Sheriff's Office received information in March 2007 that Snowden was in Georgia. He was finally found Friday, when he was arrested in Niagara Falls on another DWI charge, which Brenner said could bring Snowden another felony.

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>Two sex-related cases heard in Niagara County

LOCKPORT -- A Sunset Drive man pleaded not guilty to third-degree rape Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Aaron S. Deak, 25, is accused of violating the state's "no means no" law when he took a female bartender home March 27 from a City of Lockport bar.

In another sex case, Leaorn Jones, 50, was sentenced by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III to eight months in jail for failing to register his home address with Niagara Falls police in December. The Level 3 sex offender will be extradited to Oregon after his sentence here; he owes up to 10 years of prison time there as a parole violator.

Jones was convicted in 2000 of molesting a 3-year-old girl in Oregon.

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>Two men plead guilty in separate cocaine cases

LOCKPORT -- Two men pleaded guilty to cocaine charges Tuesday before Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Tyrone B. Bruce, 26, of High Street, Lockport, admitted to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance for selling cocaine to a police informant in the City of Lockport on March 27.

Demetrious O. Sayles, 31, of Bailey Avenue, Buffalo, pleaded guilty to fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

He was living on Courtside Drive in North Tonawanda when police raided his apartment May 7 and seized 2.7 ounces of cocaine.

Murphy scheduled sentencing Nov. 17 for Bruce and Dec. 2 for Sayles.

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>2 defendants sentenced in Niagara County Court

LOCKPORT -- A sex offender drew a four-year prison sentence Monday from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

David A. Burley, 24, of Akron Road, Royalton, had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree criminal sexual act for having sexual contact with a 6-year-old girl in the City of Lockport between March 15 and April 16.

In another sentencing Monday, Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza placed Joseph R. Kress on five years' probation and ordered him to serve 30 days in the county work program for fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Kress, 24, of Waterman Street, Lockport, pleaded guilty after police found crack cocaine in his home June 7, 2008.

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>Town of Tonawanda man is charged with DWI

A Town of Tonawanda man was charged with driving while intoxicated after state troopers stopped him Monday on South Transit Road in Lockport for allegedly crossing over hazard markings on the highway, troopers reported.

Timothy M. Taggart, 58, of Southwood Drive, was issued an appearance ticket for Sept. 22 in Lockport Town Court.

State Police said that they detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage when Taggart was pulled over and that they administered a field sobriety test before arresting him on a charge of DWI.

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