Plea withdrawal motion in murder case postponed
LOCKPORT -- A plea withdrawal motion and possible sentencing for Robert J. Thousand, admitted accomplice to the killing of youth counselor Renee C. Greco in Lockport last year, has been postponed until Wednesday.
Thousand, 18, of Rochester, was to have been sentenced Friday in Niagara County Court -- if his effort to take back his guilty plea to first-degree manslaughter had been denied by Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza.
But Jeremy Schwartz, the court-appointed attorney, was unable to make it to Lockport Friday because of a trial in Chautauqua County. Anthony J. Allen, 19, of Rochester, was convicted of second-degree murder in the case and was sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison.
Drug raid suspect pleads not guilty
LOCKPORT -- A man who was arrested in a June 17 police drug raid on his home pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Friday in Niagara County Court.
Elton T. Carr Sr., 39, of Mackenna Avenue, Niagara Falls, was indicted on charges of third- fourth- and fifth-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of marijuana.
Police reported at the time of the raid that they found 16 grams of crack cocaine and more than 100 hydrocodone pills in the house.
Murder defendant refuses DNA sample
LOCKPORT -- Prosecutors sought a DNA sample from murder defendant Tyrome L. Elder Friday, but he refused to comply without legal arguments, which are set for Wednesday.
Niagara County Deputy District Attorney Doreen M. Hoffmann said DNA was found on objects inside the car of Jacobi L. Lovett, 36, of Stanislaus Street, Buffalo.
He was shot to death during what police said was an attempted robbery as Lovett was sitting in his parked Jaguar on Niagara Avenue in Niagara Falls about 1 a.m. Nov. 7, 2009. Lovett was shot in the leg and fled on foot, but bled to death from a wound in his femoral artery.
The Jaguar was driven off and recovered by police a few blocks away. Elder, 24, of Weston Avenue, Niagara Falls, and Earl McCoy, 29, of Rochester, have been charged with murder as accomplices to each other; prosecutors have not said who they believe pulled the trigger.
Ex-store employee pleads not guilty in burglary
LOCKPORT -- A former employee of a Dollar General store in Niagara Falls was arraigned in Niagara County Court Friday on charges that she assisted a burglar in breaking into the Niagara Falls Boulevard store May 31.
Jennifer Sattelberg, 25, of 69th Street, pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary and petit larceny. Police accused her of providing a key and a pass code to alleged burglar Gregory A. Stephens, 47, of Ferry Avenue.
Stephens, who is being sought on a bench warrant after skipping arraignment Wednesday, faces the same charges as Sattelberg plus two counts each of third-degree auto stripping, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny. The latter charges pertain to break-ins to two parked cars May 31, one behind the Crowne Plaza hotel and the other on Rainbow Boulevard.
Lockport man facing prison in KFC holdup
LOCKPORT -- David L. Nelson was sentenced to eight years in prison Friday for his part in the armed robbery of Lockport's Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant last year.
Nelson, 27, of Gabriel Drive, Lockport, had pleaded guilty before Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza to a reduced charge of attempted first-degree robbery.
Nelson robbed the KFC on West Avenue Sept. 7, 2009, along with Anthony C. Richardson, 23, of Gabriel Drive, and Raymond L. Jackson, 22, of Genesee Street, Lockport.
Probation, fine part of felony DWI sentence
LOCKPORT -- Four months of weekends in jail, starting New Year's Eve, a $5,000 fine and five years' probation were the components of the sentence Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Sperrazza imposed on a drunken driver Friday.
Kenneth R. Beebe, 29, of Blackmore Street, City of Tonawanda, had pleaded guilty to a felony count of driving while intoxicated in the wake of his Dec. 21, 2009, arrest in Lewiston.
In another case Friday, Judge Matthew J. Murphy III sentenced Lorne S. Grefrath to six months in jail for violating the terms of his probation for felony DWI.
Grefrath, 34, of Payne Avenue, North Tonawanda, failed two alcohol tests. He had pleaded guilty after his Jan. 29, 2009, arrest in North Tonawanda.
Falls man arraigned in theft of wire, pipes
LOCKPORT -- A Niagara Falls man who was caught by police in the basement of a house on Cleveland Avenue in that city April 17 was arraigned in Niagara County Court Friday on charges of stealing copper pipe and wire from the house.
Freddie L. Richardson, 54, of Niagara Avenue, pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary, petit larceny, fourth-degree criminal mischief and possession of burglary tools.