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DWI suspect accused of having son in car

LOCKPORT -- A woman who was accused of driving drunk with her 7-year-old son in the car was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and driving while intoxicated, Lockport police said Wednesday.

Police said Rona J. Styres, 39, of LaGrange Avenue, was stopped early Wednesday on Pine Street. A family member was called to pick up the child, police said.

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Man accused of selling drugs to undercover officers

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Garden Avenue man accused of trafficking crack cocaine in the North End and Highland areas of the city for the past six months was charged with felony possession after selling drugs to undercover officers Wednesday night.

The case against Reginald Walker, 46, will be presented in Niagara County Court, according to Narcotics Capt. Morris Shamrock, who said the case has been presented to a grand jury.

Walker also is charged with felony third- and fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance for possession of a quarter-ounce of crack cocaine, police said.

"We had to go and get him," Shamrock said. "He was out there and selling every day."

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Copper wire bundles stolen from Cambria building site

CAMBRIA -- Three bundles of copper wire measuring 50 feet and weighing 1,000 pounds were stolen from a construction site at 5204 Lockport-Junction Road just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, Niagara County sheriff's deputies said. Also stolen was a vacuum cleaner, police said. The total loss was placed at $150.

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Guilty plea entered in oxycodone sale

LOCKPORT -- A North Tonawanda man will serve a year behind bars for selling drugs, but Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said Thursday she hasn't decided yet whether the time will be served in the county jail or a state prison.

Sperrazza will make the call Nov. 24 in the case of Hank A. Bailey, 20, of Ward Road, who pleaded guilty Thursday to a reduced charge of attempted fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He sold oxycodone to a police informant March 2 in North Tonawanda.

In another drug case before Sperrazza on Thursday, a Niagara Falls 18-year-old, arrested March 12 in a roundup of gang-connected drug dealers, was granted youthful-offender status and placed on five years' probation.

The teenager had pleaded guilty May 7 to fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance but was given a break in exchange for cooperation with prosecutors against some of his co-defendants.

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Lockport resident charged with assault

LOCKPORT -- A Grand Avenue man charged with third-degree assault late Wednesday is accused of grabbing a woman by the neck, scratching her, then breaking a coffee table.

Police also said that when Rene Garay, 27, was arrested at his home at 11:30 p.m., he threatened officers and refused their orders. As a result, he was charged with obstructing governmental administration and disorderly conduct.

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Falls man pleads guilty in jobless scam, DWI

LOCKPORT -- James R. Felts will be going to state prison for up to four years, Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza said Thursday as Felts pleaded guilty to a felony, a misdemeanor and a probation violation.

Sperrazza will impose the official sentence Dec. 4 on Felts, 57, of Willow Avenue, Niagara Falls. He pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated for an arrest June 21 in the Town of Niagara, and to petit larceny for collecting unemployment benefits to which he wasn't entitled between Oct. 5 and Nov. 16.

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Falls murder suspect consents to DNA sampling

LOCKPORT -- One of two defendants in a Niagara Falls homicide consented to give a DNA sample Thursday in Niagara County Court, while a hearing on the admissibility of his statements to police was set for Oct. 13.

Darrius S. Molson, 26, of Oschawa Avenue, West Seneca, is due for trial Feb. 1 on charges of killing Deion J. Wood, 27, who was shot to death June 13 on the front porch of a house on Ferry Avenue in Niagara Falls.

His co-defendant, Philip A. Holloway, 21, of Ferry Avenue, who was captured in Texas on July 13 and confessed to shooting Wood, continues to fight extradition.

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Drugs, weapons seized in Falls man's arrest

NIAGARA FALLS -- Guns and drugs were seized and a suspect arrested after the Niagara Falls police Narcotics Division executed a search warrant at about 5 a.m. Wednesday in the 400 block of Seventh Street.

Andre J. Graham, 25, was charged with third- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police said they found a digital scale, a rock of crack cocaine and marijuana.

Graham also was charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and felony possession of a loaded weapon. Police said they seized three guns, including a handgun, pistol, a rifle and ammunition.

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