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Falls man denies charges in felony drug sale case

LOCKPORT -- Romel L. Brundidge, 23, of Buffalo Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded not guilty to a four-felony drug indictment Monday in Niagara County Court.

Brundidge is charged with two counts each of third-degree sale and possession of a controlled substance. He allegedly sold cocaine to a paid police informant in Niagara Falls twice in January 2008.

In another drug case Monday, Javonie E. McKinney, 36, of Brockport, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and was scheduled for sentencing Dec. 7 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

McKinney was pulled over April 23 in the Town of Lockport for driving with an obstructed view, and 0.17 ounces of cocaine was found in his pocket.

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Two face drug charges after separate arrests

Buffalo police made two narcotics arrests Sunday night on different sides of the city.

At about 9:15 p.m., a pedestrian flagged down Northwest District officers on the first block of Hinman Avenue to report someone attempting to break into the basement of a nearby home.

At the residence, officers searched the basement and reported finding a bag filled with cocaine. They also said they found marijuana.

Officers arrested Mitchell Lanthier, 18, the occupant, on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal possession of marijuana.

At about 11:30 p.m., South District officers said they noticed an apparently questionable transaction on the 400 block of South Park Avenue.

When they approached, a man fled, police said. After a short chase, Carl Jackson Jr., 21, of Alabama Street, was arrested on charges of possessing nine bags of crack cocaine.

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Falls man gets 1 1/3 to 4 years in attack on ex-girlfriend

LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man was sentenced Monday to 1 1/3 to four years in state prison for beating his ex-girlfriend with a hammer and a knife Feb. 16.

Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III imposed the sentence on Eric B. Willis, 34, of Eighth Street, who had pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted second-degree assault.

Assistant District Attorney Susan B. Bjornholm said the photos of the woman taken after the attack showed the results of what she called "a horrific crime." The victim's face was severely cut and there were bruises all over her torso and legs.

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