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Bail set at $50,000 for burglary suspect

LOCKPORT -- A city woman who fled to Texas after being charged with a Royalton burglary in January was ordered held on $50,000 bail Monday after she failed to appear for a court date earlier this month.

Jenna M. Zsebhazy, 18, formerly of Washburn Street, along with her co-defendant, Anibel R. Cordero, allegedly broke into the home of Zsebhazy's stepfather, Dennis Cherry, Jan. 19, stealing a .357 Magnum handgun, and allegedly tried another break-in two days later.

On the second occasion, Cherry, 63, of Akron Road, Royalton, was waiting in the garage, having been alerted by a series of hang-up phone calls.

Cherry was charged with reckless endangerment and felony criminal mischief after he fired 15 rounds from a rifle at Cordero's vehicle during the burglary attempt. He took a misdemeanor plea to a gun possession charge and expects an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal when he is sentenced in August.

Cordero, now living in Buffalo, admitted to attempted third-degree criminal possession of a weapon in a Jan. 19 burglary of Cherry's home.

Zsebhazy, who jumped bail and now has no permanent address, was called a "grave flight risk" by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza, who imposed the high bail.

Zsebhazy also faces unrelated drug charges, according to court officials.

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Hospitalized boy, 3, improving; probe continues

LOCKPORT -- A 3-year-old boy hospitalized last week in serious condition is improving, and city police continue to investigate whether his injuries were the result of foul play.

Capt. Richard L. Podgers, chief of detectives, said police were called just before 11 a.m. Thursday about a child having trouble breathing at an apartment building on High Street.

Police arrived to find a young man carrying the 3-year-old wrapped in a blanket in the common hallway, and the child was taken to the hospital.

An investigation was opened Thursday afternoon, when Niagara County Child Protective Services told police the child's condition may not be from natural causes.

The investigation is continuing, Podgers said Monday.

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Woman pleads not guilty to arson at her house

LOCKPORT -- A former North Tonawanda woman was arraigned Monday in Niagara County Court on charges she tried to set her house on fire Dec. 30, 2008.

Kathryn Cottrell, 59, formerly of North Avenue, pleaded not guilty to second-degree arson.

Cottrell, who is now living in Wheatfield with her son, has denied any involvement. She was released on her own recognizance by Judge Matthew J. Murphy III.

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Items from nine vehicles in Eggertsville stolen

Amherst police are searching for a suspect or suspects who stole items from nine vehicles in the Eggertsville area late Sunday night or early Monday morning, authorities reported.

The larcenies included items such as change, sunglasses, a portable DVD player, wallet and a GPS system, according to Amherst police Capt. Scott Chamberlin.

Chamberlin said a half-dozen larcenies took place on Hendricks Boulevard, two more on Bissell Drive and another on Rosedale Boulevard.

Most of the cars were apparently left unlocked. One vehicle had its window smashed out, he said.

Chamberlin advised residents to keep their vehicles locked when they're parked and remove any valuables. Anyone with information about the larcenies was encouraged to call Amherst Police at 689-1322.

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Buffalo man arrested in assault on woman

NIAGARA FALLS -- A Buffalo man was arrested Sunday after a 43-year-old woman told police he struck her in the head with a cigarette lighter held in his fist in her home on Main Street in Niagara Falls.

Officers charged George R. Sanders, 51, of West Woodside Avenue, Buffalo, with third degree menacing and second degree assault with a weapon.

Police said the woman suffered a swelling on the side of her head but she refused medical treatment.

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Warrant sweep lands judge-threat suspect

A Cable Street woman accused of threatening an Erie County Family Court judge was among five people arrested last week in a warrant sweep by the Erie County District Attorney's Office and other area police agencies, District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said.

Adifah Wilkes, 26, was wanted on a warrant for aggravated harassment. She was arraigned in Buffalo City Court and taken to the Erie County Holding Center in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Other arrests included:

*Ervin Myrel, 39, on an outstanding indictment warrant for pending felony charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

*Trent Taylor, 39, of Carmel Avenue, Buffalo, on an outstanding bench warrant for driving while intoxicated.

*Andre Crout, 26, of Minnesota Avenue, Buffalo, for violating probation.

The warrant sweep also resulted in Cornell Edwards, 38, of O'Connell Avenue, Buffalo, who was wanted for criminal contempt.

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