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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

Woman pleads guilty after fight with officer

LOCKPORT -- A woman who fought with a Lockport police officer, who ended up breaking his ankle in the melee, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault Wednesday in Niagara County Court.

Laurie A. Wallace, 35, of Bright Street, is to be sentenced Dec. 2 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III. The maximum sentence is seven years in prison.

Police reported that Wallace tangled with Capt. Jeffrey Brodsky at her home Nov. 1 as Brodsky tried to quell a domestic disturbance between Wallace and her 14-year-old daughter. Wallace was reportedly intoxicated at the time.

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DWI charge brings 3 years of probation

LOCKPORT -- Three years of probation was the sentence Wednesday from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III for a Hartland man who had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated.

Brandon W. Mackey, 26, of Quaker Road, was arrested Jan. 10 in the City of Lockport after police saw his car cross the center line at East Avenue and Washburn Street.

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Trial postponed for man accused of shooting 3

LOCKPORT -- The trial of a Niagara Falls man accused of shooting two police officers and his girlfriend has been postponed indefinitely.

Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza on Wednesday accepted a defense request for an indefinite postponement of the Nov. 2 trial of Adam J. Hamilton, 34, who faces three counts of attempted murder in connection with the Feb. 7 incident on South Avenue in Niagara Falls.

Court-appointed defense attorneys Joel L. Daniels and Daniel Henry reached an agreement with District Attorney Michael J. Violante on evidence sharing Wednesday, but because of other trials they have scheduled, they needed a delay in Hamilton's case. Daniels said the Hamilton trial won't start until after Jan. 1, but an evidence-suppression hearing was slated for Nov. 23.

Daniels said he may seek to suppress evidence taken from the car of Hamilton's girlfriend, on the grounds that Hamilton's name might have been on the car's lease. He also said he hadn't decided whether to pursue a mental health defense.

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Arrest made in snatching necklace from woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A suspect was arrested in the strong-armed robbery of a woman walking through Packard Court at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Berkley Welch, 45, of Packard Court, was charged with third-degree robbery. He is accused of grabbing a chain necklace valued at $600 from the woman's neck and running off. The necklace was not recovered.

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Apartment resident discovers burglary

NIAGARA FALLS -- Niagara Falls police are investigating the theft of games, game systems, electronics, jewelry and prescription drugs from an apartment in the 7200 block of Buffalo Avenue while the occupant was out of town.

The victim told police Wednesday that he had been out of town since Sept. 11 and found a screen removed and the air-conditioning unit pushed out of the window. The loss was placed at $9,000.

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Man sitting in car robbed of wallet at gunpoint

NIAGARA FALLS -- A 19-year-old Packard Court man was robbed of his wallet at gunpoint just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, Niagara Falls police said.

The victim, who was in his car, was accosted by two men in their late teens or early 20s who pointed a gun at him. The victim opened the door and ran down Ferry Avenue.

The loss and damage was placed at $300.

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