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NIAGARA POLICE & COURTS

>Felony DWI among charges in hit-and-run accident

NIAGARA FALLS -- A woman was charged with felony driving while intoxicated just after 3:30 a.m. Tuesday following a hit-and-run accident at the City Market McDonald's.

Diana M. Flinn, 33, of Memorial Parkway, was additionally charged with aggravated unlicensed operation and leaving the scene of an accident. Flinn fled from her car but returned later and was identified by employees, police said.

Flinn had previous DWI convictions on July 10 and Nov. 17, 2004, police said.

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>Safe with $6,450 taken from Falls bar

NIAGARA FALLS -- A safe with $6,450 was stolen from a Third Street bar overnight, Niagara Falls police said Monday.

A repairman arriving at the Tap Room on Monday morning discovered a broken window. Police found a basement door forced open, with a $1,500 camera stolen along with the $200 safe, which contained $6,450 in cash, stolen. The total loss was placed at $8,450.

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>Guilty plea repeated in case court overturned

LOCKPORT -- A man whose guilty pleas to an armed robbery and a drug charge were overturned on appeal entered the same pleas again Tuesday in Niagara County Court.

Christopher T. Walker Jr., 22, of Whitney Avenue, Niagara Falls, will be resentenced May 26 by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza, but she can't sentence Walker to anything more than the 10 years in prison he received in 2007 from Judge Peter L. Broderick Sr. He also will face 2 1/2 to five years of post-release supervision.

The Appellate Division of State Supreme Court canceled Walker's original pleas to attempted first-degree robbery and attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance because Broderick didn't tell him how much post-release supervision he might have to undergo if he pleaded guilty. The court found that violated a defendant's right to know the maximum sentence before pleading guilty.

Walker joined Ryan S. Smith, 22, of Niagara Falls, in the $3,000 armed robbery of a gas station Dec. 24, 2006, and also possessed cocaine March 14, 2007. Smith is serving a 45-year sentence for the robbery and unrelated charges.

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>Lockport man admits possessing painkiller

LOCKPORT -- A Town of Lockport man pleaded guilty Tuesday in Niagara County Court to illegally possessing 1.87 ounces of the prescription painkiller oxycodone Nov. 25.

Jerimiah J. Johnson, 26, of Timberwood Court, admitted to a reduced charge of attempted fourth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. He was scheduled for sentencing May 25 by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

In another drug case Tuesday, Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza placed Antwan L. Rose on five years' probation for selling cocaine to an undercover police officer in Niagara Falls on Aug. 20, 2008.

Rose, 26, of Niagara Falls Boulevard, Niagara Falls, had pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance. He was arrested when police raided his home in October 2008.

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>Falls man is charged in sex abuse of girl, 3

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Lindbergh Avenue man was charged with abusing a 3-year-old girl Monday.

Ray D. Potter, 28, was charged with first-degree felony sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. Potter is accused of sexually abusing the girl as her grandmother slept.

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>DWI crash brings term of two to four years

LOCKPORT -- Two to four years in state prison was the sentence Monday from Niagara County Judge Matthew J. Murphy III for a Bear Ridge Road man who racked up his sixth alcohol-related driving conviction for crashing his car on Cottage Road in Royalton June 4.

James H. Goodenough, 35, had pleaded guilty to felony driving while intoxicated and attempted fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The latter charged stemmed from a Nov. 3 traffic stop in which Lockport police found cocaine in the car after stopping Goodenough for using a cell phone while driving.

Defense attorney A. Joseph Catalano said Goodenough broke his arm in the Royalton case when "he wrapped his car around a tree." That ended a high-speed police chase.

In another alcohol case Monday, Michael P. Guereschi, 34, of Walmore Road, Wheatfield, pleaded not guilty to felony DWI, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, failure to keep right and a lane violation. He was pulled over Oct. 29 in Wheatfield.

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>Chevy Malibu stolen with keys left in car

RANSOMVILLE -- A Curtis Avenue woman told Niagara County sheriff's deputies Monday that overnight her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu, valued at $12,000, was stolen.

The victim said the car was parked roadside, unlocked, with the keys in the center console. She added that she was unaware the keys were left in the car, deputies said.

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