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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Sex offender sentenced after one-year delay

LOCKPORT -- A sex offender was sentenced to 18 months behind bars Monday by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III, but Randy L. Miller has been in the County Jail for so long, he will be released within days.

Miller, 17, formerly of Wilson Avenue, Wilson, pleaded guilty a year ago to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree sexual abuse for molesting a 4-year-old boy in Wilson on April 24, 2008. He's been behind bars ever since.

The lengthy delay was caused by the need to find Miller a place to live; he had been in the care of his grandparents, but he is barred from returning to them. His situation brightened in July when he won $100,000 in damages in a lawsuit over injuries he suffered when a truck struck his bicycle May 13, 2007.

Assistant Public Defender Christopher A. Privateer said Miller's housing will have to be approved by the state Division of Parole. Murphy denied Miller youthful-offender status so he would have to register as a sex offender.

"I think it's important that people in the community know who you are and where you're living," the judge told Miller.

The victim's mother said her son "thought of Mr. Miller as a friend. He asked if all his friends were bad. . . . My 8-year-old son insists on sleeping with a blanket over his window so a bad man can't look in."

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Woman who stole $12,000 from employers jailed

LOCKPORT -- Lisa A. Prynn, who stole more than $12,000 from employers in three different counties during the past eight years, received her first state prison sentence Monday -- 1 1/2 to three years, imposed by Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

Prynn, 29, of Porter Street, Lockport, had pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny for stealing $2,000 from the Lockport location of the Beacon Center, a drug treatment facility owned by Buffalo Beacon Corp., between Sept. 4 and 8, 2008. She was working as a billing specialist.

Although Murphy gave Prynn the minimum, state prison time was mandatory, since it was her second felony. In 2001, she was convicted of grand larceny for stealing more than $5,000 from the Erie County chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She was placed on five years' probation in that case.

In 2008, a Monroe County judge allowed Prynn to plead guilty to a misdemeanor and placed her on probation for stealing $5,800 from a medical practice in Brighton.

"I am truly sorry for what I did. I don't why I did it," Prynn said.

"You obviously have job skills," Murphy told her, "but if I could make a suggestion, don't get involved with jobs that involve handling money."

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Lewiston woman avoids jail in stabbing of boyfriend

LOCKPORT -- A Lewiston woman who stabbed her boyfriend in the back as they were breaking up avoided jail time Monday in Niagara County Court.

Kim M. Harbeson, 43, of Washington Drive, was placed on five years of probation by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

She had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted assault for knifing Gary A. Granite, 46, of Lockport, in the back with a steak knife Oct. 23 in Niagara Falls. Police said this happened after Granite told Harbeson he wanted to break up with her.

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Man admits using drugs, drinking while driving

A Newstead man whose vehicle was stopped after it was seen swerving all over the road has been charged with driving while intoxicated and two drug counts, Erie County sheriff's officials said.

After sheriff's deputies were told about the swerving vehicle that was heading south from the Royalton area on Route 93 at about midnight Saturday, Deputy Gene Nati spotted the vehicle in the Town of Newstead. Assisted by Akron Police Officer Herb Ritchie, Nati stopped the vehicle on Tonawanda Creek Road.

Sheriff's officials said they determined that Joshua D. Pomeroy, 34, of Greenbush Road, Newstead, was intoxicated by alcohol and possibly a drug. Sheriff's reports state that Pomeroy admitted to smoking marijuana, chewing on Xanax pills and drinking a beer while he drove down the road.

He was charged with DWI, criminal possession of a controlled substance, marijuana possession and having an open container.

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Man admits selling cocaine to informant

LOCKPORT -- A Pound Street man pleaded guilty Monday in Niagara County Court to selling less than half a gram of cocaine to a police informant in Lockport on April 1.

Stanley E. Presha, 19, admitted to criminal sale of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Nov. 23 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. He could be sentenced to as long as 2 1/2 years in state prison.

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